Paul Schrader is an American filmmaker whose work as a screenwriter and director hold a significant place in the history of American cinema, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Light Sleeper.

Schrader has no shortage of interesting stories about New Hollywood as one of the original movie brats, as well as a critical background that has informed his work. It follows that he has a varied oeuvre that includes both deliberate consistencies (his lonely man series of films) and outlier films like Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist.

It was our pleasure to bring Paul to Toronto for a sold-out screening in our Live Directors Series. Before the screening, Paul sat down to discuss his filmography, including an in-depth look at his new, Kickstarter-funded collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis starring Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons.

 

 

This interview was released in June 2013.