David Lowery interview for A GHOST STORY – how he made his secret amazing film so brilliant

David Lowery interview for A GHOST STORY – how he made his secret amazing film so brilliant

Of all the films I’ve seen so far this year, one that’s stayed with me the most is A GHOST STORY from writer/director David Lowery. It’s one of the most quiet movies you’ll ever see, and definitely an acquired taste, but there’s so much brilliance behind it that it demands to be seen. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, the production was shot almost completely in secret in Irving, Texas. Most knew nothing about it until it was already finished. Despite its modest budget and almost singular setting, the movie feels much bigger and more expensive that it actually is. But that’s the brilliance of Lowery, he knows how to give the most simple stories a grand scale and scope that feels elaborate yet respectful. He and I have crossed paths many times through the years, but had never done an interview together until now. I was actually surprised when speaking with him the night before this chat (after a packed screening at the historic Texas Theatre) that he had sat through multiple Q&As I had hosted on the film festival circuit, so he was familiar with my interview style even if he and I had never done one. Check out our chat below. My apologies for the focus going in an out… which is odd, as the camera was supposedly NOT on auto-focus (perhaps a ghost?). Oh, and here’s the link to the “Ghost Store” we talked about.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community’s leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.