Sundance 2010 Video Interview: Writer/Director Derek Cianfrance (BLUE VALENTINE)

by: James Wallace
January 7th, 2011

Editor's note: The interview was originally posted on February 18, 2010.

When we do interviews here at GordonandtheWhale.com, we always set out to break down the traditional ideas of that word..."interview" in our questions, in our approach, even the location of said interview.

After all, all an interview is really is a conversation between two people about a vested interest. The vested interest here being art, specifically film. Just because it is to help promote a film doesn't negate it from being enlightening, interesting, fun, serious, etc. That goes for the interviewee, the interviewer, and you, our beloved viewers!

We think and we hope that we do a pretty good job, most of the time, given the situation of the interview, whatever those may be. And yet, every once in awhile, an opportunity will come along that allows for something that goes beyond the traditional 5-15 minute sit down Q & A session. While every one we are fortunate enough to do are special in their own way, these hold something truly special.

Such is the case with this interview, as we had the very special opportunity to sit down with BLUE VALENTINE writer/director Derek Cianfrance at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where the film premiered to deeply affected audiences. The result was an in-depth, personal, and revealing one hour conversation in which we got straight to the heart of this emotionally moving story of love and love lost.

And if that's not enough to make you want to watch, how about the fact that Cianfrance himself shot part of it?

We do hope that you enjoy it!

Interview by: James Wallace
Edited by: Chase Whale

You may not yet be familiar with the film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, but I assure you, upon its release you certainly will be, as all audiences will be talking about it. You can read our review of the film HERE.


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