1 - “Controversial” seems to be a popular adjective used to describe your work; where do you think that came from? Was it something you embraced, and maybe even promoted, or it was something that happened outside of you? And what do you think makes your work “controversial” in the eyes of others? Is it the seemingly taboo subjects your tackle, or more than that.
OBC: My first festival hit film out of NYU was “Twin Cousins” about the coming of age of two pre-teen girls and the changing nature of friendship. It won a lot of awards, impressed a lot of people, and got me noticed. Then I started doing more provocative subject matter. Anytime you go from family oriented to anything even remotely sexual or honestly adult, there are whispers of “Controversy”. That all started with “pharaoh jones”. People were not ready for that film or feature script following my “Family flick” hit. I think they are ready now. America is a paradoxical place. Underwear ads everywhere, but no candid, healthy open discussion about the obvious things in our everyday lives. Honesty, for better or worse, sometimes equals Controversy so I guess our fates are tied. As Christopher Tracey said, “I want to be an honest man.”