The Dirties is a faux documentary about high school life leading up to a school shooting. The Canadian film premiered at Slamdance 2013 and took home the Best Narrative Feature prize, initiating a successful festival run and distribution from Phase 4.

The film is an extension of the multi-platform referential style of Nirvana, the Band: The Show, an excellent, pioneering web series that gleefully merged multimedia aesthetics to create a deeply funny and affecting series.

We caught up with Matt Johnson, the director of the series and film, and Matthew Miller, the film’s producer, for a mid-afternoon drink at Unlovable. Our discussion covers the fake documentary mode, school shooting films, the film’s reception in the U.S., and a candid take on the reality of making independent films in Canada.



This interview was released in June 2013.