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When I was a child, I was obsessed with the great conjurers. Not the guys that made an elephant disappear. People like Cardini...the magic, small, intimate, inches away. That's what interests me about film. It's the small moments. Not achieving larger than life status.
Raised in Portland, Oregon, from the age of two when his father, then a truck driver, moved the family north after taking a job as a traveling salesman hawking welding supplies.
His films are tough-minded and uncompromising. Sometimes visually arresting, but always violent. His actors acclaimed for career best performances and, in the case of Wilkinson & Haley, first-time Academy Award nominations.