ATLFF Filmmaker Dean Francis Surfs Through the Mix-and-Match Questionnaire

Complete this sentence: "If you liked _________ or _________, you'll love my film."

Tough question! If you liked KABOOM and DRIVE, you might like my film.

Is your film for cat people or dog people? Why?

Dog people because this film could turn on you with its gnarly teeth but it has an adorable grin.

What's the most challenging part of making a film for you? Do you enjoy the challenge or is it something to be avoided?

The challenge is the need for sleep, cause there really isn't time for that sort of thing during production. I do enjoy sleep but it is definitely something to be avoided when you're helming a big production.

Of the filmmakers working today, whose talent do you want to steal?

Xavier Dolan - he's young, hot AND talented. His observations on family relationships are razor sharp and his visual style is oh so seductive.

Name three films you consider under-appreciated and explain their hidden genius.

UPSTREAM COLOR - by Shane Carruth
A seriously hallucinogenic film that so so beautiful and ugly and mysterious it can be watched 6 times and create a different experience depending on your mood.

PRAYER OF THE ROLLERBOYS - starring Corey Haim
For the stunning image of 8 boys in matching beige coats rollerblading in perfect synchronicity, heading into the night to mess up some punk...

HEAT - by Paul Morrissey
What ever happened to movies where the entire cast is on acid in every shot? Really, its magic.

What are your three favorite ways to eat potatoes?

1. With a glass of shiraz
2. With a beer
3. With a small cup of polish vodka

Dean's film, "Drown," screens TONIGHT, March 25th at 9:30pm at The Plaza! Don't forget your tickets to this can't-miss screening: