5 Questions: Robert Boocheck

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Boocheck began his film career working for director Sam Raimi. He went on to direct music videos for seminal punk and indie bands such as Bad Religion and Death Cab For Cutie. His video work garnered a ton of acclaim and was even feature as an exhibit at the MOCA in Los Angeles. He has directed campaigns for major brands such as Google, State Farm, Toyota, and Ray Ban. His spots have earned Clios, One Shows, Addys, and a bunch of other oddly named awards. His short films have been shown at major festivals including Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest. He also has a segment in the popular cult horror anthology, ABCs Of Death 2. Aside from all that fancy stuff, he’s a Dad currently living in Brooklyn who makes street art in his spare time.

You can learn more about him at his website.

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1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
What doesn’t keep me up at night? I’m a terrible sleeper. I have a real problem disconnecting. Last night for example, I couldn’t fall asleep until I could name every Bond movie in order of release without looking at the IMDB. I was good until I hit the Roger Moore years. Some of those movies just blend together in my mind. So, I’m mainly kept awake by trivial stuff. Oh, and the imminent nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea. That keeps me up, too.

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2. What’s the coolest thing you have seen or heard lately?
I was really taken by David Lynch’s recent Twin Peaks series. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was simultaneously surreal, funny, and unsettling. The ‘narrative’ (if you could call it that) was seamed together with dream logic. Lynch is operating on another level. After I finished the series, I watched the brilliant new doc about Lynch called ‘The Art Life’. He’s such a fascinating creator. The coolest thing I’ve heard recently was Kamasi Washington’s latest album. He’s a young sax player who is channeling Coltrane. I’ve probably played his track ‘Truth’ about thousand times over the past few months.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you are working on now?
I’m primarily a filmmaker. I love the medium but it can be quite frustrating. I’ve had a feature in development for the past 3 years. We’ve had stars attached. We’ve had investors interested but we haven’t been able to get it off the ground. The worst part of filmmaking is that it costs a lot of money. So, over the summer, out of frustration, I started a project called LITTLE LURKERS. Essentially, I draw these little creatures, cut them out, and place them in situations around my neighborhood. I make one everyday and upload it to my Instagram feed. It’s been a great outlet and keeps me on a regiment of creating something everyday. It’s been quite a thrill and people have been responding to it.

M IS FOR MASTICATE from Robert Boocheck on Vimeo.


 

Method ‘Shiny Suds’ from Robert Boocheck on Vimeo.


 

4. If you could add anyone alive or dead to your team who would it be?
I’ve had a good fortune of collaborating with a lot of artists and musicians that I’ve admired but the one I’ve always wanted to work with is Tom Waits. I’d love to collaborate with him in some capacity. His music and creativity has always moved me. I’d love to put visuals to his music at some point in my life.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
That’s easy. It would be called “What The Fuck Was I Thinking?”

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