Q: What is your earliest movie memory?
A: According to my parents, the first film I ever saw was a Disney film, however my earliest memory of watching a film was in first grade. My mother took me to the local library where they were screening classic scenes from the Universal Monster films on 16mm. I remember there being scenes from The Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula.
But the one that had a major impact on me was the climactic burning mill scene from James Whale's Frankenstein. I was in awe and, from that moment, I knew I wanted to make movies.
Q: What was the first movie you saw that made you understand that movies can be art?
A: That's a difficult one. I probably recognized films as creative visions from a very early age without ever applying the word "art" to them until my college years. I do however remember being conscious and intrigued by the directing style of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. That film had more of an impact on me than Star Wars.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure movie?
A: Beverly Hills Chihuahua. It's actually only one scene from it -- When Papi gazes off into the night sky as Enrique Iglesias' Hero plays. Brings a tear to my eye.
Q: What movie do you want to make before you die?
A: I just want to make another movie. In 2015, with the state of the industry being what it is, a filmmaker is lucky just to be able to keep working.
Q: What was your most magical cinema experience?
A: Anytime I've shed a tear in a cinema... Lars Von Trier's The Idiots. Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude. Lukas Moodysson's Together and a handful of others.
Q: What is the one movie you believe everyone should see?
A: Lar Von Trier's The Idiots.
Q: Only one of your movies can continue to exist after you're gone -- which one is it?
A: I'm still not satisfied enough with any of my films to be the permanent representation of my work. Hopefully my next.
Q: If you weren't born to direct, what else would you be doing?
A: A barista. Seriously, making a decent latte is my only other skill.
Q: Why do you make movies?
A: To attempt to create a film that gives me the feeling of awe I felt when I was 6 years old, watching that climactic scene from Frankenstein.
Unfortunately, it's a doomed mission. I understand the mechanics of filmmaking and will never be able to suspend disbelief with my own films.