I have met Terrence Malick.
I’ve talked to Terrence Malick.
In a manner of speaking, I interviewed Terrence Malick…to my knowledge, I’m the only journalist ever to have done so.
Flashback to 1979:
Malick, whose “The Tree of Life” is currently in theaters dividing audiences like a hot knife through a stick of butter, was attending Show-A-Rama, a gathering of movie exhibitors and studio reps that for more than 20 years was held in Kansas City. (It subsequently evolved into ShowWest and moved to Las Vegas).
That year the relatively unknown Malick was named Show-A-Rama’s Director of the Year and showed up to claim his plaque. (At this May’s Cannes Film Festival he declined to make an appearance to collect his Palme d’Or for “Tree.”) (more…)