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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #17. Gregg Turkington (Entertainment)

Gregg Turkington (Entertainment)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries”…
Gregg Turkington: 1. The Skies Belong To Us, Brendan Koerner’s book on the “golden age” of skyjacking. 2. Small Town Ecstasy – Bob Odenkirk turned me on to this sinister documentary about a loathsome dad who becomes addicted to rave culture. 3. Egyptian band Invisible Hands’ new album Teslam.

Lavallee: Stinky hotel rooms, horrible food, barren asphalt landscapes, what are some strongest symbolic elements that were embedded within the writing process?
Turkington: California City, which was planned to be the “next Los Angeles”, but ended up a developer’s unfinished failure in the middle of the desert, was a touchstone for us. It’s a seemingly endless “ghost-grid” of unpaved roads, all neatly planned out and marked with street signs, but mostly uninhabited and leading nowhere.

Lavallee: Was wondering if you could describe The Comedian’s attire and what it says about his personality, and/or his psyche.
Turkington: Like the Comedian himself, it’s either “seasoned”, or worn-out, depending on your perspective.


Gregg Turkington Entertainment Sundance Trading Card Series





Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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