20/20 Visions: Tommy Malekoff

The filmmaker on working his Southern charm on the New York ladies

Arts+Culture Q+A
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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?
Mandy Moore.

Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins?
Nirvana.

Wu Tang or A Tribe Called Quest?
Fat Joe.

Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton?
Bill Clinton.

Edward Furlong or Christian Slater?
Who cares.

Poetic Justice or Menace II Society?
Juwuanna Mann.

Jurassic Park or Groundhog Day?
Pootie Tang.

Trainspotting or The Virgin Suicides?
Titanic.

Beavis or Butthead?
David Blaine.

Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell?
Kate Moss.

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?
Manhattan.

Lollapalooza or LOLZ?
No comment.

RuPaul or Ron Jeremy?
Ron Paul.

Retro or future?
Future (the rapper).

Drunk or sober?
Punk in drublic.

War or peace?
Neither.

Night or day? 
Both.

Party or bullshit?
Cry.

Tommy wears organza shirt by Lanvin; overalls by Carhartt.

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