One of my favorite films of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was David Gordon Green‘s Joe. Nicolas Cage plays the eponymous character who is trying to live a quiet life in a rural town, but must confront his inner demons when he meets and wants to protect Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), a young man in danger of following in the footsteps of Joe’s dark past. It’s a terrific movie, and I’m so glad that audiences will be able to see it next month.
Joe will open this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, so I got the chance to interview Green and Sheridan. During our conversation, we talked about moving from studio features to a trilogy of indies (Prince Avalanche, Joe, and the upcoming Manglehorn), viewing the film as a western, Joe as the last man on the frontier, Green and Sheridan’s upcoming projects, the festival circuit, and much more. There’s also a fun story of how Cage got Sheridan into a Snoop Dogg concert. Hit the jump to check out the interview. The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival begins tonight and runs to April 6th. Joe opens in theaters and on VOD on April 11th.