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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