The fine line between art and pornography is as old as visual culture itself, but only recently have those within the industry crafted their narratives for large scale audiences by avoiding the old hat critiques often placed on the profession. Cam, a new horror thriller financed by Blumhouse and made by the creative duo of Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber, does exactly that by following a cam girl as she fights to reclaim her identity. Dan sits down in this long ranging interview to discuss his creative apprenticeships on documentaries and the lessons he learned from Harvard, the work he and Isa did crafting pornography that thought seriously about aesthetics, and the creative workarounds necessary to make a good film about screen life. Finally, the two talk about Showgirls, a tricky film that nonetheless influenced Cam—Peter and Dan examine how and where the film takes these burlesque dancers seriously, and how the film straddles its campy existence. Plus, Carman Tse joins the show to talk about a few restorations that played the recent AFI Film Festival.
0:00-3:10 Opening4:13-27:48 Establishing Shots — Repertory Talk at AFI Fest with Carman Tsse28:33-1:36:45 Deep Focus — Daniel Goldhaber1:38:00-1:42:00 Sponsorship Section1:43:08-1:58:40 Double Exposure — Showgirls (Paul Vehoven)1:58:48-2:00:37 Close / Outtake