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Tommy Pallotta is an American film director and producer who has produced films like A Scanner Darkly, Waking Life and directed films such as American Prince and, his latest, The Last Hijack. We sat down to talk to him in the IFI, and the resulting podcast reveals a clever, laid-back and honest man. To be honest, he’s a bit of a dude. I loved talking to him, and would like to do it again.
We talk about how he got into filmmaking after he met Richard Linklater in college in Texas, and basically made Slacker. He fell in love with making movies and just decided that’s what he was going to do. We talk about what a producer does (you’re welcome). And about The Last Hijack, which is a narrative and documentary journey into the world of one Somali Pirate exploring how and why he came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animated re-enactments explore Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears from his point of view.
And I highly recommend it.