Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview with Mike White.

Full Name:
Michael Leroy White

Do you have a nickname?
Sadly, no. I've never had a nickname unless you consider "Mike" a nickname but that's pretty poor.  I've tried giving myself a nickname without any luck.
What nicknames did you try to give yourself?
I tried to hang “Elvis McElric” on me for a while but that never stuck.

Defiance, OH
God damn that sounds cool!
Yeah, I was kind of thrilled when “The Prize Winner from Defiance Ohio” came out but it came and went too quick for me to catch it at the theater.

Current hometown:
Westland, MI

Favorite city:
Baltimore, MD
Why Baltimore?
I have a bunch of friends in Baltimore. I was fortunate enough to be invited down there for a film festival in 1997 and was just found that the folks there were very friendly and spoke my language. Now when I go there, it feels like I’m going home.
Also you can get crab as a pizza topping. It sounds gross but it’s delicious.

41, I think.

How would you describe yourself physically?
Fat, bald, hairy.
How would someone else describe you physically?
Fat, bald, hairy, with a big nose.
Not having met you in person yet, I’d go with Tor Johnson-y.
That seems fair but Tor is ten times the actor I could ever hope to be.
You never know till you try.

The first thing people notice about you is…
My poor skin.

Hair Color/Eye Color/Race?
N/A, Hazel, White, I think.

Sexual orientation?

Religion, if any?
None and very proud of it.
A man after my own blackened antitheistic heart.

Are you superstitious at all?
No, but I won't put a hat on a bed after Drugstore Cowboy.
I just watched that again last week to remind myself about how good it was. SO good.
Yeah, what the hell happened to Gus Van Sant?  I loved so many of his films from that period but he seemed to go downhill quickly. I don’t think I’ve stomached anything he’s done in years.
I got off the Gus Van Sant bus after he made that awful Psycho remake.

Do you smoke/drink? If so, what?
I don't smoke cigarettes. I drink occasionally, usually drinks based on movies like Seven & Seven (Goodfellas).
Josh Gravel has a bottle of J&B for guests because of the Italian giallo movies.

Any bad habits?
Pfft. Don’t delve or anything. Like what?
I over eat. I make quick judgments. And, I tend to hold onto grudges for far too long.

Current occupation / Dream job:
Currently I'm the usability expert at Detroit's power company. That means that I make their website more usable to people. It's a tough row to hoe.  As for dream job, I'd love to be able to write (what I want) full time.
You and me both, brother. At least the second part.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I watch movies. I write. I edit the zine Cashiers du Cinemart. I craft The Projection Booth podcast.
I’m listening to the Fire Walk With Me episode of The Projection booth as I edit this. Love that podcast. Speaking of Cashiers du Cinemart, when is the next issue going out for print? I’m looking forward to putting my contributor’s copy on my shelf.
At the moment, I have no clue. I’ve been too busy helping out Greydon Clark on his autobiography to do any work on the issue other than forgetting who sent me what.
Well, as I said in our FB/PM conversation, you're welcome to syndicate any of my interviews from You Are Entitled To My Opinion if you maintain a web presence for Cashiers du Cinemart and want free internet content to push hits.

Rob St. Mary & Mike White of The Projection Booth.Photo credit: David Lewinski.

What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Take the bastards out, one head shot at a time.
Best answer yet!

Weapon of choice:
Acerbic wit.

Do you have any special skills?
I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.
Did you read my interview? Because that’s the one thing I said I can’t do. I’m jealous of your tongue prowess.
It definitely gets attention… from the ladies.
That’s why I do this… for the ladies.

Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
Yes. I went to the University of Michigan and got a B.A. in Film/Video and Communications.

Any pets?   If so, what are they and what are their names?
Five: two cats and three dogs.  Kishi, Kanoh, Casanova, Cady, and Tess.

What is your favorite animal?
The Lemur.

Speaking of pets, any pet peeves?
I have tons. Most of them have to do with punctuation and pronunciation.
I’m much better at spelling than grammar. I hope that I do not offend.

Favorite / Least favorite Food:
Ice Cream / Cheesecake

What is your favorite quotation/motto/saying?
“It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.”

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Got out of a loveless marriage.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
Father died when I was two.

What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
I’m not sure if I’ve done my best yet.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I once killed a hobo just to get an erection.
In “The Town Where No One Got Off”?
It was down in Reno. I shot him, just to watch him die.

If you could kill one person, consequence free, who would it be?
Does the hobo count?
I see what you did there.

How did you get started doing what you do?
For my day job; I read a book. For my other work, I saw what I liked and what I didn’t and then did my own thing.

What is your advice to other people that want to get started doing what you do?
Be true to yourself.

What projects are you working on?
I’m working on a book about the TV show “Mad Movies.” I’m working on a book about Elliott Gould’s films of the 1970s. I’m helping publicize Greydon Clark’s autobiography (On the Cheap: My Life in Low Budget Filmmaking, available at Amazon), I’m working on Cashiers du Cinemart 18. I’m always working on the next few months’ worth of Projection Booth episodes with my podcast partner, Rob St. Mary.

What are you watching?
Top Chef, Project Runway, Jeopardy (would love to be a contestant someday), Supernatural, CSI, Ironside (the original).

What are you listening to?
I’ve been listening to a biography on Orson Welles. I’m always listening to podcasts. When it comes to music I’ve been listening to a lot of White Stripes.

What are you reading?
Three books on Orson Welles (apart from the one I’m listening to), Zaprudered, the screenplay for Bland Ambition, Building Mobile Web Apps with HTML 5.

Favorite author/book?
This is a tough one. I think my favorite author is Charles Willeford while my favorite book is The Abortion by Richard Brautigan.
I was dating a girl in college and I bought her a first edition of Brautigan’s “In Watermelon Sugar”. She decided she wanted to have sex with her home-town boyfriend over the summer break so I had to let her know that her services were no longer needed, but I wish I had gotten that book back first.
If it makes you feel any better, it’s not one of my favorite Brautigans.

Sadly it doesn’t. What are your favorite Brautigans?
The Abortion, Dreaming of Babylon, The Sombrero Fallout Incident.

Favorite band/song?
Since they only recorded three/four albums, I think that Nirvana was he most consistent band for me that I can endorse whole-heartedly. Favorite song of theirs was “Drain You.”

Least favorite band/song?
Least favorite song has to be “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner. It’s got some of worst rhymes ever. As for band, I really couldn’t stand Bush.

Desert Island Music/Movies/Books: You know the deal. Five of each.
Rocky Horror Picture  Show Soundtrack
Doolittle – The Pixies
Nevermind – Nirvana
Metal Box – Public Image Ltd.
Redd Blood Cells – The White Stripes
Black Shampoo
Reservoir Dogs
Crime Wave (John Paizs)
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Abortion – Richard Brautigan
Flicker – Theodore Roszak
Dark Passage – David Goodis
Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema- Christian Metz
Thee Stand – Stephen King

If you could do anything other than what you do now, what would you do?
Honestly, if I could do the podcast full time and make a decent living? I’d do that. 

Who would you want to meet that you haven’t met?
Carl Sagan.

What’s the best and worst job you’ve ever had?
Worst job was working at a place called General Physics where I felt totally under-appreciated and did a lot of word processing drudgery.

I’m sure you’re sick of talking about it by now, but some of our readers might not know about it yet. Tell us a bit about “Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?” and “You’re Still Not Fooling Anybody.” and the fallout from your two short films that exposed Quentin Tarantino as a cinematic thief.
I’ll just point folks to the book Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du CinemartCollection. The whole sordid story is there.
Oh you TEASE!
I’m going to YouTube link the two videos so readers will at least have a point of reference for what we’re talking about.
Who Do You Think You're Fooling? &
You're Still Not Fooling Anybody

Pitch parade:
Give me all of your links for things you want to promote. All of them.

About the Interviewee:
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White began publishing the film fanzine Cashiers du Cinemart in 1994 and has been a contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit's Metro Times, and He's served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest, Blue Water Film Festival, and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he's been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, was released in May, 2013.

About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre has probably read everything you've read and can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces Electronic Music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK.
He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project.
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