This was one of those experiences as a film geek that's definitely going to be stored in the Safe Of Awesome Memories. After seeing CLOUD ATLAS (my review here) the normally reclusive Wachowskis stayed for an extended Q&A with Drew McWeeny, a sampling of which was in the video below. They were incredibly gracious and charming, with Lana answering the bulk of the questions. I really hope that with this movie that the Wachowskis talk more about their work and their worldview, because I found them very sweet in person and fiercely intelligent. They also seemed very proud of their work with Tom Tykwer, and they should be. CLOUD ATLAS is a monumental achievement. I hope eventually that the entire Q&A will be released - possibly on the eventual Blu-Ray of CLOUD ATLAS? This was one of the best give-and-takes between artist and audience that I've been witness to.
Afterwards at the Highball I got to meet them and express my gratitude for them and their work. It's not often that you get to meet your heroes. I just wish I could have talked with them longer, but a fierce wave of shyness slammed into me and I bolted. Otherwise I would have stood there for half-an-hour telling them just how terrific SPEED RACER is. Here's some of the Q&A - enjoy!
I will be hosting a screening of CLOUD ATLAS in Houston, along with Meredith Borders of Badass Digest, on Tuesday October 23rd. More details to come. I am chomping at the bit to see CLOUD ATLAS again.