Interview: 'Room 237' Director & Producer On the Doc + 'The Shining'
by Ben Pearson
March 28, 2013
Director Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237 has stuck with me ever since I first saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is an exploration of the deeper themes and meanings found in Stanley Kubrick's classic 1980 psychological horror film The Shining as told by five different fans who have come up with some quasi-insane but often-convincing theories about what's really going on at the Overlook Hotel. (The trailer is here.) I had a chance to speak with Ascher and the film's producer Tim Kirk here in L.A., and we talked about the movie as a piece of film criticism, getting a release beyond the festival circuit, and more.
Room 237 made my year end top ten list last year, and hearing Ascher and Kirk speak about it reinforced my love for this film as a study of obsession viewed through one of Kubrick's most famous works. Ascher in particular draws interesting correlations between The Shining and Room 237 that fans will enjoy hearing.
Here's my video interview with Room 237 director Rodney Ascher (left) and producer Tim Kirk (right):
We hope you enjoyed the interview. Thanks to Marina and Sara at Marina Bailey Film Publicity for setting me up for this chat, and to Mr. Ascher and Mr. Kirk for speaking with me on camera about this doc. IFC Films originally picked up Room 237 and will releasing it in limited theaters soon, starting with a small release in New York City on March 29th, 2013 at IFC Center and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. It will then expand to Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and Austin on April 5th. However - it will also be available on VOD and iTunes starting this week, so if you've been waiting for that chance to watch this, now is the time.
Rodney Ascher's wry and provocative documentary Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick's still-controversial 1980 horror.