BMDQ&A: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

The director talks his influences and the making of this wonderfully poignant film.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is such a special experience - not only is it a film that speaks to cinephiles, but one that examines the duality of personal filmmaking; how do you make a film that is both for yourself and for someone else? That's one of the key themes in the new film from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, whose work you may know from some of the best, most cinematic episodes of American Horror Story, as well as the recent meta-remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

I had a chance to speak with Gomez-Rejon about his influences and his personal connection to the film, as well as how he and his team put together the fantastic short films within Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The titular Me (Greg, played by Thomas Mann) and Earl (RJ Cyler) spend their time crafting loving, juvenile homages to Criterion classics, and as Rejon explains above, there was just as much love and dedication in making those smaller films as there was in making Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl arrives in theaters this weekend.