For 10 years, filmmaker JEFFREY SCHWARZ has been creating documentaries about “fascinating individuals” (Vito Russo and Tab Hunter) and “bigger than life personalities” (Divine) that have the ability to hold the screen, your interest, and your fascination for 90 minutes. His latest, The Fabulous Allan Carr, about the late Highland Park native and legendary producer (Grease, Grease 2, Can’t Stop the Music), will have audiences rooting for the titular subject, flaws and all. Here is how Schwarz stays on trend between films.
ON HIS NIGHTSTAND
“I’m reading a book called Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, “America’s Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine” by Henry E. Scott, which is about the history of Confidential Magazine, which was sort of the pre-National Enquirer, pre-TMZ pioneer of tabloid journalism in the `50s. It’s a very shocking true story!”
IN HIS EARBUDS
“I mostly listen to movie soundtracks. I love all music, but the movie soundtracks, particularly the scores of Alexandre Desplat—who won the Oscar for The Shape of Water, are my favorites. I love listening to his scores because they very much have the feel and mood of the kind of films I love to make. They’re just lovely and very inspiring to creativity.”
ON HIS MOBILE
“I’m on a little bit of an information diet right now. There’s too much information coming at us every day and it’s hard not to get sucked into all of it. I listen to a wonderful podcast that I really enjoy called Pod Save America. It’s a political podcast from Jonathan Favreau, Tommy Vietor and Jon Lovett who worked in the Obama administration. They break the news down in a way that keeps you sane and gives you hope that there are still some smart people out there with solutions to our problems.”