Zach Clark

Zach Clark is the writer/director of Modern Love is Automatic, Vacation!, White Reindeer and Little Sister. His films have played across the United States and Europe at festivals including SXSW, Edinburgh, Outfest, BAMcinemaFest and Stockholm. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Talks

Trash Cinema, Hardcore (Art) Porn and the Big, Gross Mess We Live In

By Zach Clark | August 25, 2017

Trash Cinema, Hardcore (Art) Porn and the Big, Gross Mess We Live In

Zach Clark on the Quad's new season, Erotic City, and a handful of the films that helped him stop worrying and love smut.

Black-Masked Bands, Cannibals, Deranged Old Men and Other Highlights of Fantastic Fest

By Zach Clark | October 13, 2016

Black-Masked Bands, Cannibals, Deranged Old Men and Other Highlights of Fantastic Fest

Writer-director Zach Clark recounts his adventures, both on and off screen, at the beloved genre film festival in Austin, Texas.

Expiring Soon: Eyes Wide Shut, Whatever Movie You Need It To Be

By Zach Clark | September 20, 2016

Expiring Soon: Eyes Wide Shut, Whatever Movie You Need It To Be

Zach Clark once again revisits Kubrick's ever-shifting final film, this time finding echoes of everything from Jerry Lewis to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks with John Waters for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

By Zach Clark | August 9, 2016

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks with John Waters for The Talkhouse Film Podcast

To mark the restoration of Multiple Maniacs, filmmaker and longtime Waters fan Clark sits down for a chat with the Pope of Trash himself.

Expiring Soon: Addams Family Values, the Most Fucked-Up Kids Movie Ever

By Zach Clark | July 27, 2016

Expiring Soon: Addams Family Values, the Most Fucked-Up Kids Movie Ever

Age 11, Zach Clark loved this macabre tale about trying to destroy "normal" America. More than 20 years on, he discovers he still feels the same way.

Expiring Soon: Behind the Candelabra, and My Love Affair with Liberace and Las Vegas

By Zach Clark | May 16, 2016

Expiring Soon: Behind the Candelabra, and My Love Affair with Liberace and Las Vegas

On Liberace's birthday, Zach Clark writes about Soderbergh's biopic of the flamboyant entertainer, which is about to leave Amazon Prime.

Expiring Soon: You and the Night, an Existential, New Wave, Erotic Haunted House Movie

By Zach Clark | April 12, 2016

Expiring Soon: You and the Night, an Existential, New Wave, Erotic Haunted House Movie

Zach Clark sings the praises of one of his all-time favorite movies, M83 member Yann Gonzalez's consciously cinematic orgy film.

“It Got One Star, for the Cat”: Filmmakers Choose More of Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

By Filmmakers | March 30, 2016

“It Got One Star, for the Cat”: Filmmakers Choose More of Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

It's no fun to read a major critic tear down your vision, but it's sometimes a different matter when the writer is a trolling internet commenter...

Expiring Soon: My Own Movie is Leaving the Infinite Shelves of the Internet’s Video Store

By Zach Clark | March 26, 2016

Expiring Soon: My Own Movie is Leaving the Infinite Shelves of the Internet’s Video Store

Zach Clark kicks off his new column on films about to depart your streaming queue with a personal take on the subject.

“Even the Hillbillies are Attractive,” and Other Problems with the Near-Identical Remake of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever

By Zach Clark | February 17, 2016

“Even the Hillbillies are Attractive,” and Other Problems with the Near-Identical Remake of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever

Zach Clark details why the inexplicably similar rehash of the 2002 cult hit just doesn't cut it.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Mike Dougherty’s Krampus

By Zach Clark | December 8, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Mike Dougherty’s Krampus

The holidays are a perfect setting for a horror film, but is this piece of seasonal cinema a turkey or a cracker?

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s The Forbidden Room

By Zach Clark | October 8, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s The Forbidden Room

It turns out watching Guy Maddin's latest retro melodrama is even more awesomely impactful if you're in a fevered state. (And oh, the dreams!)

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm

By Zach Clark | August 19, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm

A Dolan hater does a 180 on the French-Canadian wunderkind after seeing his audacious psychosexual thriller.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gregory Jacobs’ Magic Mike XXL

By Zach Clark | July 7, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gregory Jacobs’ Magic Mike XXL

The sequel to Soderbergh's male stripper saga is all fireworks and dazzle. And that's nothing but a good thing.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Cédric Jimenez’s The Connection

By Zach Clark | May 20, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Cédric Jimenez’s The Connection

This French crime procedural moves at a slower pace than super-charged modern action movies, but still fetishizes its setting, violence, and drug use.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia

By Zach Clark | April 29, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontophilia

A master provocateur, whose work revolves around porn, camp and gore, creates shock value in his new film... by not featuring any hardcore sex.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York

By Zach Clark | April 1, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York

The latest film from one of indie cinema's most vital directors is not, in fact, his film at all. And that's the problem.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars

By Zach Clark | March 2, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars

Remember your creepy Uncle David from Canada? He was respectable for a bit, but now he's back with the best horror movie he's made since the '90s.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

By Zach Clark | February 11, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

The iconoclastic director's "newest, hottest joint" was crowdfunded on Kickstarter but sourced from a '70s cult classic. Will the backers be happy?

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Agnès Troublé’s My Name is Hmmm…

By Zach Clark | January 29, 2015

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Agnès Troublé’s My Name is Hmmm…

The French fashion designer's first foray into filmmaking prompts a discussion about form, content and cinematic conformity.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

By Zach Clark | December 19, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

When the creative team behind the movie that made you want to be a director reunites 20 years on, how high should your expectations be?

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Holiday Movies and What Makes Them Special

By Zach Clark | November 22, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Holiday Movies and What Makes Them Special

A lover of all things wintry and festive — not to mention a devoted cinephile — identifies the qualities that make us connect to holiday movies.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard

By Zach Clark | October 22, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard

The indie favorite's latest features plenty of suburban ennui, candy-colored sets and costumes, and attractive young people taking their clothes off.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold

By Zach Clark | October 15, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold

Ten years on from the previous movie, there's a new addition to the Dracula franchise. But is this origin story worthy of your attention?

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room

By Zach Clark | October 2, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room

The French actor's latest directorial effort prompts discussion of 4x3 aspect ratio, short running times, nudity and the other kind of "TV movies."

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Wiktor Ericsson’s A Life in Dirty Movies

By Zach Clark | September 24, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Wiktor Ericsson’s A Life in Dirty Movies

A documentary portrait of a man commonly known as a “sexploitation film director” whose films transcended their smutty, low-budget origins.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

By Zach Clark | September 1, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

A wild giallo throwback that's maybe more committed to an intensely stylized approach and highly specific tone than any movie before.

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness

By Zach Clark | August 20, 2014

Zach Clark (White Reindeer) Talks Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness

How do you bounce back from the lowest, most humiliating experience of your life? If you're Catherine Breillat, you make a film about it.