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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at