Fantasia 2009: Buddy Giovinazzo Interview

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For a man whose films make me want to shower for three days and then kill myself, Buddy Giovinazzo is a remarkably pleasant fellow. His 1986 debut, Combat Shock, took all the desolation, desperation, and devastation of Taxi Driver, gave it gangrene, and left it to die in an alley with its story of a Vietnam vet struggling to feed his family. 2009’s Life is Hot in Cracktown promises to be similarly bleak, with its intertwining stories of inner-city life. Though Giovinazzo has completed few films in his 23-year career, he is a true auteur, infusing all his work with a harsh grittiness belied by his friendly demeanour. Giovinazzo was kind enough to take a few minutes to speak with Sound on Sight about the director’s cut of Combat Shock and the un-rated version of Life is Hot in Cracktown, both of which are screening at the Fantasia Film Festival.

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