I first became aware of Chris Sullivan’s epic experimental animation “Consuming Spirits” while trolling the Tribeca Film Festival website, searching for cutting-edge work that might play well in the wild southwest. (I served as the director of programming for the 2012 edition of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.) Needless to say, Sullivan’s painstakingly handcrafted, novelistic tale of darkly intersecting lives at a small town newspaper – one that eschews any hint of flashy Disney for highly detailed Cassavetes – turned out to be both a must-see and a must-get for me. So I was pleased to recently have the opportunity to chat more deeply with Sullivan, who fresh off his NYC Film Forum premiere spoke with “Filmmaker” about everything from bringing experimental theater to animation, to academia’s cultural hegemony, to never sacrificing cooking for art.
To read my interview visit Filmmaker magazine.