Hartley Pleshaw Interview with Robert Krzykowski and Joe Kraemer for Active Radio

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Frequent IMAGINE contributor Hartley Pleshaw recently interviewed THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT’s director Robert D. Krzykowski and the film’s composer Joe Kraemer about their ties to the New England area and how their film came to be.

Over the nearly hour-long conversation originally broadcast on WCAP Radio 980, they discuss the mood of the film which director Krzykowski says is more Robert Altman than Troma Entertainment (though not without some pulp elements). The title drove the concept of the film towards its eventual plot and the story of that journey is fascinating to hear.

There’s a special guest call-in from our publisher, Carol Patton who gives an impromptu promo for the screening and VIP pre-screening party. There’s also a concise history of the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit!

Kraemer and Krzykowski bonded over their shared love of orchestral soundtracks from the 80s and 70s and Joe provides some great insight into the film composer’s creative process. Joe discusses how the soundtrack for THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT came into being through many artistic paths.

Robert Krzykowski then goes on to tell the story of how the film’s epic production team (John Sayles, Douglas Trumbull and Richard Yuricich to name a few) coalesced around their love of Robert’s cult comic strip Elsie Hooper. It’s a fascinating story in and of itself how some of the best independent filmmakers of today brought their talents together to create a story of true American grit with pulp fiction elements.

Definitely a fun and fascinating listen! And don’t forget to get your tickets for the screening happening on November 15th!

(radio image by Anthony from Pexels)

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