The shimmering, invigorating scene that was Gigantic
was the brainchild of producer Shirley Moyers and her
husband AJ Schnack. Roxanne Bogucka spoke with Schnack
after a standing-room-only showing of the movie.
RB: AJ Shh-nak?
RB: director of Gigantic: A Tale Of Two
Johns and also an Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Tell me about
AJ: Well actually I did a PSA (public service announcement)
a few years ago that won, it won an national Emmy for Best
PSA of the Year. But the horrible secret that South By Southwest
doesnt want you to know is, I dont actually get
the Emmy. The advertising agency, the creative agency gets
the Emmy. So I have nothing to show for my PSA. But no, its
cool. But actually my main background is in doing all kinds
of production. We have a company that does music videos and
have done a lot of different things. I did a short film, and
RB: So tell me a little bit about the origins and
history of Bonfire Films of America.
AJ: Well Bonfire Films of America is a company that
my wife, Shirly Moyers, and I, started in 1995. So
this is our seventh year. And we were primarily a music video
company. We did music videos for Blink 182 and 3-11
and Papa Roach and the Fugees and Cypress
Hill and Cake and a bunch of other bands and basically
in the last couple of years weve been trying to do other
things. And this, I had done a short film that had done pretty
well. And I wanted to do something long-form. And had met
a bunch of people who were doing feature-length docs on DV
and getting them into theaters, and that was really intriguing
to me. So that became more of a idea that I was playing with,
and then I had the idea of doing a Giants documentary. And
it all then came together pretty quickly.
RB: So youre talking to people here about getting
this picked up for distribution.
AJ: Yeah we have a producers rep, a guy named
Jeff Dowd whos sort of a legend in the independent
film world. And hes helping us, you know wed love
to find a distributor to help us get it around the country.
Theres Giants fansI mean they sell out shows all
overthey have an incredible fan base. And hopeful its
something that fans all over the U.S. might... weve
gotten emails from Australia and England and Europe and people
all over want to see the film so hopefully theyll get
a chance. In theaters.
RB: How was Gigantic funded?
AJ: It was funded by the company that Shirly and I
have. Because we had some really good years doing music videos
and wanted to take that and put it into a project. And so
that was how we did it. We just did it ourselves.
RB: So are yall like stone fans? Were you jumping
up and down like, "Were meeting They Might Be Giants!"
AJ: Well yeah! The first time I met John Flansburgh
was like eight years ago. I was definitely nervous. Because
it was a band that I really liked. And now, theyre so
much friends that its not the same level of excitement.
Although its exciting to do the film. And Ive
become, my fan enthusiasm has sort of been renewed a bit,
just by doing the film.
RB: Great film. Thank you very much for bringing it
AJ: Thank you so much for seeing it and talking to