Features September 7, 2010 By Alex Shephard

Detective Hank Havenhurst (Willem Dafoe) and Brad McCullum (Michael Shannon) in

Detective Hank Havenhurst (Willem Dafoe) and Brad McCullum (Michael Shannon) in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

You teach, among other things, lock-picking…
(laughs) Among other things. … It indicates an attitude. It’s not meant to have everyone become a lock-picker, and the students understand that immediately. There are more serious things. I keep telling them: read, read, read, read, read. If you do not read, you will not become a great filmmaker.

Your next film, Cave of the Forgotten Dreams, will be showing at the Toronto Film Festival in 3-D. Why? What do you think that 3-D offers that what my local cinema calls “traditional 2-D” does not?
I’m still working on the film — in fifteen minutes I should be in the editing room. I had a long, long standing fascination with cave art, with deep recesses into pre-history. As a 12, 13-year-old kid, that was the first personal fascination I ever had. It was my first independent thing I was fascinated with. It was still lingering.
As for 3-D, I must say I was a skeptic and I’m still a skeptic in principle. But in some cases it’s wonderful. In The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, it was a fantastic decision; that’s why 3-D should exist. It sounds odd, but when you see it you will know exactly what I mean.

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