Clyde Petersen

Torrey Pines – Clyde Petersen

“The story I know the most intimately is my own, so it felt pretty natural to say this is a great way to tell this story and make a feature for the first time,” Said Clyde Petersen in a Jetspace Magazine interview about his stunning stop-motion film, Torrey Pines. The feature film recently won the Special Jury Prize at the Twist Seattle Queer Film Festival.
Petersen performs internationally with his punk band, Your Heart Breaks, and hosts his own TV show, Boating with Clyde. In the past, he as also collaborated with Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote on the multimedia project Gender Failure.
We were fortunate enough to ask Petersen some questions about Torrey Pines and his experiences with film.
Where was TORREY PINES first screened in front of an audience (where you attended)?
Torrey Pines premiered as the opening night film for Twist: The Seattle Queer Film Festival with a live score by a 24 person band and choir and live foley. It was a huge party.
What was your first experience at a “gay” movie? What did you see, where did you see it and who was with you?
My first girlfriend showed me The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love. Then I watched The Watermelon Woman and Bound. I was in high school. I was probably so stoned.

If you couldn’t make movies, what creative outlet would you choose?

Well, I also play music and draw comics and screen print and build giant art installations, so I’d probably still be on an artist road.

With a shout out to James Lipton, what turns you on? Or off?

ON: John Waters & brutal honesty.
OFF: Small talk. Boring!

How do you think your film is relevant to the Tampa Bay area?

One of the main characters in the film is the ocean, and its about being a kid who grows up spending a ton of time in the ocean and at the beach. So that seems potentially relatable.

How would your friends and family describe you?

Big pervert. Never sleeping. Working all the time making art.
Torrey Pines
Tuesday, October 10 @ 9:00 PM
AMC Sundial 20 + IMAX
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