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Interview: Discussing Documentaries and Music With Matt Dillon

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Matt Dillon attends 'The Great Fellove' (El Gran Fellove) photocall during the 68th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 22, 2020 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

When you think of Matt Dillon, you think of his acting. Of course, there’s his Academy Award nominated performance in Crash. There’s also as wildly diverse fare, ranging from Drugstore Cowboy and The House That Jack Built to In & Out, There’s Something About Mary, and Wild Things. Dillon is just a rock solid actor, someone who gives his all no matter what the project is. Personally, he’s fantastically underrated in films like Factotum and Nothing But The Truth. However, he’s also a filmmaker, having co-written and directed a movie several years ago, City of Ghosts. Now, on the festival circuit he has a documentary called The Great Fellove. Recently, while he was at the Telluride Film Festival, he hopped on the phone to chat about it with me.

Below, you can hear my discussion with Dillon. He spoke to me while walking around Telluride, so excuse the audio, but it was a really interesting conversation. We talk about music, The Great Fellove, and just what interests him. How he tackles projects, ranging from acting jobs to this filmmaking project, also gets mulled over. It was pretty fascinating to listen to someone as introspective as Dillon. Plus, he seemed legitimately pleased that I’ve enjoyed his work, and that never hurts. His music doc, about the Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove that captured his imagination, is pretty compelling, so be sure to check it out once it heads into general release…

Here now is my interview with The Great Fellove filmmaker Matt Dillon. Enjoy:

Be on the lookout for Matt Dillon’s documentary The Great Fellove!

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