Todd Field and I Live in a Small World After All

Todd Field, director of In the Bedroom and Little Children, is one of my favorite American directors. Today as we talked, we were surprised to make these connections:

  • He lived in Northeast Portland while I lived in Northeast Portland.
  • His mom taught at a Baptist kindergarten. My mom taught at a Baptist preschool.
  • He grew up in a conservative Lutheran family. I grew up in a conservative Baptist family.
  • I spent my weekends watching 99-cent double features at the Village Theater three blocks from my house. And the guy running the projector during that time was probably Todd Field.

We discovered we have a lot to talk about.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.