When Mike Mills arrived at the IFC Crossroads House at SXSW 2011 he was holding a little camera. He was filming me, actually, as we shook hands and started going over the format of the interview. I think his direction to me was “Just be natural” which, of course, made me incredibly self-conscious.
Keeping tabs with Mills’ awesome blog on Focus Features’ website, I see now what all the taping was for. He assembled a video diary of his time in Austin, Texas, which plays like a deleted scene from “Beginners.” “I’m going to try to do some video diaries and some photo diaries [during the film’s press tour],” Mills says by way of explanation. “It actually keeps me sane, and much less passive, to find something creative to do along the way.”
Very creative. And absolutely beautiful. I guess I was one of the 43 people who asked questions, though I didn’t make the final cut; damn you Chase Whale! Here’s Mills’ diary — and if you want watch our “Beginners” interview, you can find that here.