DALLAS IFF 2010 Video Interview: Director Tim McCanlies and Actor Clint Howard (ALABAMA MOON)

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 22nd, 2010

Tim McCanlies and Clint Howard

When I was in high school, there was one, well, two films I would watch religiously. They were CAN'T HARDLY WAIT and DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81.  I was on this huge Breckin Meyer fix and really wanted to be that guy. In DANCER, TEXAS, he leaves his hometown to pursue his dreams in the big city. In high school, I dreamed of graduating and moving to L.A. to become a movie star. At that time, I felt like this movie was made just for me. Fast forward 12 years later and I'd be interviewing the writer/director of that film, Tim McCanlies.

The interview I did with Tim and actor Clint Howard was for McCanlies' latest film, ALABAMA MOON.  It's a family oriented film, but don't let that scare you away - there are a lot of themes in this film that can teach us adults a thing or two. In the interview, McCanlies discusses why it's important to make family films like this one. Hit the jump to watch the video inteview and to give you a better idea of what ALABAMA MOON is all about, I've attached the official synopsis below the video.  Enjoy!

Official Synopsis:
Eleven-year-old Moon Blake has spent most of his life hiding out in the forests of Alabama with his father, an anti-government radical who clings to conspiracy theories and trusts no one. Moon�s life suddenly changes when the land is sold and his father dies. Knowing only what he learned from his father, Moon decides to follow his last instructions; make your way to Alaska where "people could still make a living off trapping." In the path of civilization, Moon quickly lands himself in a reform school where he meets the mean-spirited Constable Sanders and learns what friendship is all about. Determined to get to Alaska, he and his new friends escape from the school outwitting Constable Sanders each step of the way. "Alabama Moon" is a classic kid�s film (based on the novel by Watt Key), complete with adventure and survival that most kids only dream about

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