Q&A: Documentary Filmmaker Don Argott
The Art of the Steal filmmaker, Don Argott, returns with Last Days Here, a doc about a has-been heavy-metal pioneer. Here, the director talks Sundance, Jersey Shore and Twenty Manning.
What Last Days is about: Bobby Liebling, the lead singer of Pentagram. He was addicted to heroin and crack for 40 years, living in his parents’ basement.
Whether your name rhymes with Tebow or Target: Target.
Band you’d most like to have score one of your films: Black Sabbath.
Where you’ll celebrate your first Oscar win: Twenty Manning. Audrey Taichman is a dear friend.
Three “desert island” docs: American Movie. Salesman. Some Kind of Monster.
Best review: The Times used “perfection” for Art of the Steal. And Ebert and Roeper gave two thumbs up for my first film, Rock School.
How you celebrated that: Lots of drinking.
Whether you skied at Sundance in January: No, I don’t know how to ski. Or swim.
Home TV size: Fifty-two inches. Not obscene.
Show most likely to be on your DVR: South Park.
Number of suits you own: One.
How much you hate wearing it: Very much.
Nearsighted or far: What is it when you can’t see far away?
How you blow off steam: Playing guitar in my heavy-metal band, Serpent Throne.
Movie everyone says is great but isn’t: An Inconvenient Truth.
Whether Jersey Shore is a documentary: No. It’s a piece of garbage.
Last Days Here opens March 9th at the Ritz at the Bourse.
The piece originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Philadelphia magazine.