Director Andrew Levitas on Minamata

Welcome Andrew Levitas:

We’re joined on the Starline by a filmmaker, writer, producer, actor, painter, sculptor and director of the movie Minamata starring Johnny Depp. We welcome Andrew Levitas.

Andrew, let’s go Beyond the Mic the story of Minamata is over 50 years old. Why was bringing this story up to today’s audiences important to you?

This story is filled with the darkness that W. Eugene Smith felt from his time as a war photographer to the darkness of Minamata, Japan and the cover up that was attempted. Is there an allegory to today?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random quick fire questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. From an Adelphi to a NYU Guy, where’s the best place in the city?

2. When making a decision do you make a pro / con list or go with your gut?

3. Your favorite actor?

4. Who was the last person to give you a smile?

5. Favorite performance of your wife Katherine?

6. What chore do you hate doing?

7. Favorite day of the week?

8. Piece of art you haven’t seen live but would like to see?

The Back Half with Minamata Director Anderw Levitas:

Who inspired you to be part of the Wilderness Foundation and how has your work with them changed you?

One Big Question:

Why should people see this movie?

The Wrap:

He hates doing chores, loves Fridays and wants you to see his movie Minamata. We thank director Andrew Levitas for taking the time to talk with us today.

Listen to other conversations with other directors here.

Check out the trailer for Minamata

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