“In France, I’m an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain, a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum.” – John Carpenter

The American multi-genre master John Carpenter — whose career as a feature writer/director/composer began in the early 1970s — received a respectable documentary treatment in 2004, one that takes a close look at the filmmaker and his movies (especially the early work) through a myriad of clips, photos, music, and interviews with cast, crew members, critics, and others as well as the director himself. The lengthy interview with Carpenter — interspersed throughout the piece — is particularly illuminating as he details his personal history from growing up as a young cinema fan and rock band member, to his first moviemaking aspirations, his technical education at USC, and eventually his feature film debut (1974’s Dark Star) and the subsequent works he created in the years since.