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Southern-born filmmaker Tommy Malekoff cites “other people’s home videos on YouTube” as one of his biggest inspirations. His short films capture strange moments of everyday life – a drunken man asleep on the subway dropping a cookie on the floor, a shop owner removing graffiti from his shutters. “I like letting things be out of my control, and I really get to do that with film,” he explains. In New York City, Tommy’s in his comfort zone when browsing Chinatown and the racks of the Strand Bookstore, but was happy to get sheer for our shoot. “Wearing this shirt is probably the weirdest thing I’ve done all year,” he admits – though his theory about being 20 might explain why he pulls it off. “Young girls think you’re cool and older girls think you’re cute!”
1993 POP QUIZ
Patricia Arquette or Demi Moore?
Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins?
Wu Tang or A Tribe Called Quest?
Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton?
Edward Furlong or Christian Slater?
Poetic Justice or Menace II Society?
Jurassic Park or Groundhog Day?
Trainspotting or The Virgin Suicides?
Beavis or Butthead?
Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell?
Mortal Kombat or Super Mario Bros?
The one with the cheat codes.
Young and beautiful or old and wise?
Old and fat.
Brooklyn or Manhattan?
Lollapalooza or LOLZ?
RuPaul or Ron Jeremy?
Retro or future?
Future (the rapper).
Drunk or sober?
Punk in drublic.
War or peace?
Night or day?
Party or bullshit?
Tommy wears organza shirt by Lanvin; overalls by Carhartt.
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