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David Russo: It is a spiritual story about men who give birth to a little blue fish, which they love, out of their assholes. The creatures are short-lived and totally harmless. Through their mad visions, mood swings and eventual births, the guys have to pull together to be midwives for one another and to deal with the loss and loneliness of what is essentially miscarriage. So basically it is really about male miscarriage out the butt.
DR: Being a janitor for 11 years and generally feeling like an invisible, marginalized human being among my own culture and species. This is a janitor movie par excellence. Janitors are like those guys at the end of the parade who scoop up shit and never say a word. This movie posits the importance of their perspective. They have a unique viewpoint on the parade, one that is free from the illusions created by the grand spectacle.
DR: Hope. I am hope averse, a recovering suicide case. This is a movie about hope for people like me, the hope immune. It's about coming to terms with what you cannot control and finding unlikely spiritual significance in being victimized.
TribecaFilm.com: What's the craziest thing (or "lightning strikes" moment) that happened while making the film?
DR: Finding that 80% of the film that we shot was out of focus, after production wrapped. It was a disaster. The editor quit due to depression, and I found a new editor by the name of Billy McMillin, who helped me save the movie from becoming a total loss.
DR: Don't let ANYONE in your cast or crew that you would not want in your band.
DR: Probably my good friend Craig Johnson. I'm a terrible fanboy. There are filmmakers whose work I absolutely adore, but I would have no idea what to do or say if I was stuck having dinner with them.
DR: My favorite TV show is America's Next Top Model, and I don't think people appreciate it enough. I also discovered Mad Men and like it quite a bit.
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