Meet Steve Doughton, Director of BUOY

Next up on our #AIFF13 Filmmaker Spotlight- Steve Doughton, Director of Buoy.

Steve Doughton


Q: How did you get started in filmmaking?

Steve: At age seven my baby-sitter and I made a home-movie inspired by the Keystone Cops, upon its completion my father bought me a super-8 camera.

Q: Who is your favorite independent filmmaker? Or who do you look up to in the independent filmmaking world?
Steve: Charles Joffe, John Casavettes, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, Wong Kar Wai, John Sayles, Kelly Reichardt, Tom Noonan, Mike Leigh

Q: What was your favorite film as a child and why?
Steve: 2001 A Space Odyssey. I loved the multi-colored space suites. Furthermore, the sequence “Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite” terrified and fascinated me. On the way out of the theater I turned to my father and said “What was that all about?” without missing a beat, a man in front of us turned and said “And after you’re done explaining it to
him, explain it to me!”

Q: If you were stranded on an island, and had the ability to watch one film over and over, what would that be?
Steve: Ozu’s “Late Autumn”

Q: If you are attending the 2013 AIFF, what are you looking forward to most in Ashland?
Steve: Lithia water.

Steve talks Buoy: In an age of email, texts, and social media, the phone call is one of the last remaining places for deep and revealing conversations—and it seems to be losing ground to those quicker, less personal modes of communication. In a phone call, we can converse honestly and intimately; the abstract location (you are there and I am here, and yet we are together in this aural space) prompts us to divulge our most secret thoughts. So this endangered interaction struck me as an interesting space to explore cinematically. The people we’ve known the most intimately are often the most mysterious to us. For my cinematic phone call, I decided to focus on a conversation between two estranged people with a deep and shared past, each with a need to unburden themselves to, and connect with, the other.


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