Fierth i-ON interview BRUCE LA BRUCE
Fierth’s recent resurrection of the i-ON interview focuses on the legendary filmmaker, writer, director, photographer, and artist BruceLaBruce. Bruce’s career began in the mid-eighties when he first began making experimental super-8 films, and was one of the founding members of the Queercore movement. Bruce’s prolific vision has brought us films like “Skin Flick”, “The Raspberry Reich”, “Hustler White” and more recently “L.A. Zombie” starring French star Francois Sagat. Bruce has also has directed several award winning music videos and some that banned from Youtube.
Constantly in motion he is a contributing writer to magazines like Vice, the National Post, Nerve.com. and Black Book and he has had his fashion photography featured on the pages of Fake, Attitude, Blend, Tokion, Purple Fashion, and the National Post. He has recently released a book of photography called “Bruce(x)ploitation” which highlights his photography and more. Get to know Bruce LaBruce.
FM: What is your name?
BLB: Bruce LaBruce
FM: Do you have a nick-name?
FM: What is your motto?
BLB: Whatever it takes
FM: How tall are you?
FM: What exactly are you wearing right now?
BLB: Black Levis, black t-shirt from the Hau Theatre inBerlinthat says “You Too Can Be Like Us” over a black H & M long sleeve t-shirt, black H & M socks with red trim, black briefs, my wedding ring
FM: What were you doing right before this interview?
FM: What motivates you in life?
BLB: My work
FM: How do you describe your work?
FM: What are you going to do next?
BLB: I have a new photography exhibit of all new work called “Obscenity” opening February 15th at La Fresh Gallery inMadrid; I will be shooting a movie called “Santo the Obscene” next year inSpain.
FM: How do you keep it real?
BLB: My husband is Cuban. He makes me keep it real.
FM: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you would be doing?
FM: Post a haiku based on your life
You make very dirty films
FM: If someone wrote a biography on your life , what do you think the title should be?
BLB: ‘Bruce LaBruce: Prince of the Homosexuals’
FM: How would your best friend describe you?
FM: What were you like as a child?
FM: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
BLB: Be a sassy sissy
FM: List 5 quirky things about yourself.
-I hate celebrities (oh, not you!)
-I grew up on a farm
-I’m a ginger
-I’m a former modern dancer
FM: What brings you the most joy?
BLB: Filmmaking. And my husband.
FM: What makes you angry ?
FM: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
BLB: To roller-skate like Mariel Hemingway in Star 80
FM: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
BLB: Yes. Therapy
FM: Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.
BLB: Living in a cockroach-infested squat with a girl band.
FM: Write a brief story about an actual accidental adventure you’ve had.
BLB: Once when I worked at a nuclear power plant like Dolly Pelikar in Silkwood I accidentally dropped my hardhat into a big smoke stack on top of an auxiliary generator and they were going to lower me down the stack in a harness to retrieve it but then a sub-foreman told me I would probably die if I did it so I was about to quit but then a fisherman fished it out with his rod and reel so I didn’t have to.
FM: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this week?
BLB: I had a film night with friends where we watched a double bill of the Marlon Brando movie “The Night of the Following Day” and the Colin Farrell movie “In Bruges”
FM: Which stars, if any leave you star struck?
BLB: The ones that punch me? Actually I was pretty starstruck by Beatrice Dalle.
FM: Who are your main inspirations?
BLB: Jean Genet, John Waters, Jean Brodie
FM: Whom do you despise?
BLB: Newt Gingrinch
FM: Ever had a rumor spread about you?
BLB: Lots of times.
FM: What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?
BLB: The one about the Beatles dying in their order of importance.
FM: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?
BLB: Adam. I’d have a vasectomy and save us all a lot of time and trouble
FM: Do you believe in karma?
BLB: I believe your karma is your conscience. If you do something bad, you will probably end up punishing yourself, either consciously or subconsciously. A sad example would be Jimmy Swaggart
FM: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
BLB: My mother squeezed me out of her vagina!
FM: Do you have a bucket list?
BLB: I hate bucket lists. But I would like to see the world from outer space before I die.
FM: If you could choose a superhero power, What would it be, And how would you use it. [Invisibility, Ability to Fly, Super Strength, Read Peoples Mind’s, Elasticity, Super Stamina ]
BLB: I would choose invisibility so I could get into movie theatres for free.
FM: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?
BLB: I play a mean game of Cribbage.
FM: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
BLB: Cute modest convenient cozy studio apartment
FM: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
BLB: Movie soundtracks on vinyl
FM: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?
BLB: My crown, prince-of-the-homosexuals ring.
FM: Do you have any obsessions right now?
BLB: I obsessively watchHollywoodmovies from the thirties and forties on YouTube
FM: What is your greatest extravagance?
BLB: Occasional maid service
FM: What is your guilty pleasure?
FM: Which causes do you believe in the most, and why?
BLB: We support by force of Limp Wrists the just struggles of all oppressed fairies for self-determination and independence and hereby offer to all sexual liberation movements, revolutionary workers’ groups, and people’s organizations our Total Aid(s) and support for the struggle for freedom and justice for all people and races and genders!
(From my “Purple Resistance Manifesto”)
FM: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
BLB: Ticket to Space
FM: What is your “ Safety Word”
FM: What is your favorite sound?
BLB: Wind roaring through the trees.
FM: What is your favorite song?
BLB: Do What You Want, Be Who You Are by Hall & Oates
FM: Where is your favorite place to lunch?
BLB: Cafe Colonial in Nolita, but it closed!
FM: Do you know how to cook? What do you most like to make ?
BLB: Not really. My husband is the (amazing) cook. I’m the chief bottle-washer. But I do make good scrambled eggs.
FM: What is the worst song you have ever heard?
BLB: Poker Face
FM: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
BLB: Working on my Vice column at my computer.
FM: What do you think about before falling asleep?
BLB: Where’s Jimmy Hoffa?
FM: Who was the last person you talked to last night before you went to bed?
BLB: My husband.
FM: What do you think about and are the first three things you do first after waking up in the morning?
BLB: When I wake up in the morning I think, “Oh, I’m still here”. Then I turn on The View, make a cup of coffee, and run a bath.
FM: What do you daydream about?
FM: Let’s play word association quick fire – I am going to say a word – tell me what first pops into your mind
FM: Leave us a quote to carry on with :
BLB: “Keep your friends close and your enemies as far away as possible!”
FM: How can we find out more about you :