Earlier this year, pioneering video essayist Mark Rappaport presented some of his latest work, never before seen in the UK, at the Essay Film Festival. The filmmaker has carved out his place in the heart of cinephiles everywhere with his frequently wry explorations of film and society. Old Hollywood – Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr, among many others – often finds itself the subject of his gaze, and by the 90s he had established himself as a distinct voice with his films Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992) and From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995). By now, Rappaport has long mastered the art of forging new narratives out of found footage, with a dry, critical Brooklyn-accented narration that both guides and grounds his audience in a celebration of cinephilia.
Recently, the filmmaker sat down with Garageland where he spoke to James Payne about his career, popular culture, and his approach to storytelling. Read the full interview here: garageland