Paste Magazine EIC Interviews His Moonlighting Editor

The byline belongs to Josh Jackson, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Paste magazine. But the article is all about the magazine’s movies editor Michael Dunaway.

Dunaway’s short film about the work of filmmaker Richard Linklater is now a feature documentary, playing in New York and elsewhere with a focus on the “first 21 years.” He kicks off the Q&A with Jackson by explaining how his appreciation for Linklater was cultivated:

“When I began this project, I would have classified myself as a casual appreciator of Richard Linklater’s films. There were a couple of them that I loved — everybody has a couple of Linklater films they love — but I would never have called his name as one of my two or three favorite filmmakers or anything like that.”

“And then it was really through this project that, as I began to have people like Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey and Jason Reitman and Jay and Mark Duplass sort of show me things I had not seen heretofore in Rick’s movies — those guys really taught me how to love Linklater’s films. And now Rick would absolutely be on my short list of favorite directors.”

Dunaway and his co-director Tara Wood are planning to apply their 21 Years concept to whole host of other filmmakers, starting in December with Quentin Tarantino. Read the rest of the Q&A here.