John said, "I'm glad you had fun the other night hanging out with this younger generation of filmmakers. But are they changing the world? When was the last time a young filmmaker changed the culture? Not in awhile." So the debate begins, "Myspace, videogames, cable." Where will the new narratives come from? How will they exist? Lately John is obsessed by how even the lesser films we were involved with, way outgrossed many of the current indie darlings. Not including the mega grossing indie darlings like Little Miss Sunshine, or the Weinstein Company crew. The upside is way larger, the downside miniscule.
More than the actual details of the conversation is the skew. I get interested in the people around me. John looks through the prism of history. What will stand the test of time? They're very different perspectives.
First time someone helped me understand this difference was via a handwriting reading by Ann Mahony. We met one midnight outside a radio station in SF on John's booktour. We were coming out. She was going in. We talked for five minutes, and quickly exchanged books - John and I scribbling a few words in our copy for her. A year later she mailed a cassette with surprising insight and assessment.
"John likes to give information to people," she said. "Janet actually likes people."