- "Southern Exposure: An Interview with Ross McElwee"
by Scott MacDonald, Film Quarterly, Summer 1988
MacDonald talked with McElwee in early 1987 and subsequently they exchanged
tapes to flesh out more of their conversation. This is a fascinating
interview, exploring McElwee and his unique style of filmmaking.
- "An Interview with Ross McElwee"
by Gil Lahav, Harvard Advocate Spring 1994
"Does filming life make you more or less conscious of its brevity?" "How do
you conceive of the relationship between life and art?" "What makes you decide
not to film certain subjects or events?"
These are some of the questions in an interview filled with philosophical
queries about life and filmmaking.
- "The Meaning of Life"
by Stephen Rodrick, Boston Magazine,
A thoughtful overview of McElwee's life and work which includes a look at the
community of independent, alternative filmmakers McElwee found in Boston and at
M.I.T. Among the influences there: Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus, two
American cinema verite legends.
- "McElwee's March--As in Life, There Are No Scripts to Ross McElwee's Films
and He Hopes To Keep It That Way"
Magazine, December 1993 and
This two-part interview by Paula Hunt offers a good portrait of the filmmaker
and his approach to his work. The q&a's include how he films, what
equipment he uses, why he doesn't shoot video, what success has offered him
and, the big thematic continuities in his films.