GREEN ROOM: Macon Blair Profile

I hereby demand that Macon Blair and Jeremy Saulnier team up more often.

After the success of the fantastic Blue Ruin, Saulnier seemingly peeked into my diary and read that I really, really like Macon Blair and I really, really, really movies about punk rockers. And voilà, Green Room was born. (Disclaimer: Jeremy Saulnier did not write Green Room because of me. I do not personally know Jeremy Saulnier.)

Green Room follows a punk rock band named The Ain't Rights, as they take on an inadvisable gig at a bar where they're told to "not talk politics," which seems easy enough, but they start their set with the Dead Kennedys song "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," which unsurprisingly isn't a crowd pleaser. Later backstage, the band must fight to escape a horde of murderous neo-Nazis. 

Want more Saulnier/Blair action? As well as the two aforementioned films, childhood friends Blair and Saulnier have worked together on the film Murder Party, which follows an entirely different tone than Green or Blue. It is an uproarious, violent comedy that follows a man who was invited to a random Halloween party where a group of people want to murder him for art. 

                                               I like to imagine that I took this photo. 

Blair has also worked as a producer for several films including Green Room, Blue Ruin, You Hurt My Feelings, and Murder Party, and as if that wasn't enough, has writing credits in The Monkey's Paw and two short films, The Angry Eater and Crabwalk. 

Macon Blair's knack for subtlety in his craft is fantastic, making it easy to fall in love with him for his ability to morph into any character that any writer sends his way.

GREEN ROOM screens:
Thurs, Sept 10, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Sat, Sept 12, 2:15 PM BLOOR HOT DOCS 

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