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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.