SXSW 2011 Video Interview: HESHER co-writer/director Spencer Susser

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
March 18th, 2011

A year ago, Spencer Susser's HESHER made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Like a bat out of hell, I fell in love with this film and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; with HESHER, Joe strips down his handsome face, bangs the world over the head to prove he's a truly talented actor who's here for the role, not the fame. He took a chance with first time feature director Spencer Susser, whose story of HESHER is very dark, very sad, and very raw, but all at the same time, very beautiful.

A few days ago at SXSW, I finally caught up with Susser to talk about HESHER. I stress the bold and italics for the word "finally" in the previous sentence because Susser and I made several attempts to sit down to do a nice interview but, as you probably know, making plans at a very large festival is idiotic and almost insane.

I'm really glad our time spent happened right before Susser left for the airpot because our location was quiet and we had enough time to cover everything I wanted to know about HESHER (it's a lot). He's a really talented filmmaker and I plan on championing his career as long as I'm doing this whole movie film website stuff. Enjoy!

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