Category: Henry Corra

How To Non-Interview a Film Subject

1. Be the cameraman and interviewer and the soundman all at once.  They feel sorry for you having to wrangle all that equipment and trying to talk at the same time.

2. Bumble a lot too.  This also invokes sympathy.  They want to help you and – in fact  – you really need it.

3. Never ask questions.  Babble about yourself incessantly so your subject can’t get a word in edgewise. They will wonder if you are ok – which you aren’t – and try to calm YOU down – then they will become slightly annoyed.

4. Now a collaboration has begun.

5. If your subject seems nervous drape your leg or foot nonchalantly over a table or chair.  It ‘s confusing (especially to Europeans) but disarming and cute.

6. If this doesn’t work take off your shoes and plop a bare foot right up near them and rub your face a lot– now they are sure to reveal themselves.

7. Once they finally do start talking go silent… don’t utter a word.  Let your silence be deafening.  The pregnant pauses are priceless and cinematic. They will sense this.

8. From awkwardness comes grace.

9. From grace comes revelation.

10. From revelation comes collaboration anew.

11. Never apologize for intruding. Be proud that you are creating a great work of art together.

-Henry Corra

and I like you a lot

Inspiration comes from all places – especially a South African rap-rave band’s collaboration with longtime photographer Roger Ballen. The new book “Roger Ballen: Die Antwoord” is a collection of his photos of the band that later became a part of their viral video hit “I Fink You Freeky,” plus an still photography exhibition, plus your subconcious for all of 2012. Henry says, “This is a true inspiration of B&W photography, lighting, casting, art direction, styling, lensing hair, make-up, EVERYTHING. Now I know it’s nothing like what we want to do, but the attention to detail and artistry (freakiness aside) are astounding.” Or maybe freakiness especially?

Love, bravery, & magic at Rockaway Beach

This is a deliciously tight and compressed example of Living Cinema in action. If you look at the first shot of me alone on the beach left out of the young ones fun circle. Within two minutes the group was enlisted in the proposition of collaborating on not just a snap but an “important” work of art together! Something new and beautiful and full of meaning. Barely a word was spoken. It happened spontaneously through body language and quick glances – but somehow everyone “knew” we were participating in a magical process together. Everything I do is a kind of conditioning process to be ready when these living moments that can never be repeated present themselves. – Henry Corra

Have Any Morning Rituals?

I just spring out of bed every morning full of hope and possibility. The day becomes more and more chaotic and crazy. Most days are fun and hilarious and other days are tragic.

Henry Corra
Filmmaker

Ed Koch to haters: Fuck ’em!

I did a long in depth interview with Mayor Koch in 2007 for our film NY77:The Coolest Year in Hell. I asked him about his controversial run for Mayor in 1977 where opponent Mario Cuomo’s campaigners plastered the city with posters: VOTE FOR CUOMO NOT THE HOMO. This is his reply, never before seen. RIP, Mr. Mayor. As the New York Times says, he is survived by his sister but also the wonderful city of New York. – Henry Corra

Privet, Yekaterinburg!

“Isn’t it wonderful how we find commonality and ways to share despite politics?” asked Henry Corra during an impromptu speech about the importance of culture at the inaugural Rossiya Film Festival in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The first American filmmaker invited to the former Soviet Union in 23 years, Corra screened two films: Jack and The Disappearance of Mckinley Nolan.

Although creative non-fiction narratives are rarely presented in Russia, Corra was pleased to encounter “sophisticated audiences,” at the festival that “craved thought provoking, artistically innovative work.”

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“It seems I’m filming my life, in order to have a life to film. Like some primitive organism that somehow nourishes itself by devouring itself, growing as it diminishes.” And with that, folks, we are on Instagram. Look out for @henrycorra, @gkilkis, @redactedap, and @joeviolette for the latest in us devouring ourselves.

Picture courtesy of Gulce Kilkis