Dear Readers, this is Neal Hutcheson, the guy who filmed "Prince of Dark Corners." He has several others, too, and one of them is "The Last One," that follows Popcorn Sutton through the building, operating and dismantling of a mountain still. (As you can see, it is featured on the counter at the Coffee Shop!) Since Neal was over at Malaprops with a program on "The Last One," he came over and watched movies with me. We caught up on gossip and discussed a dozen outrageous projects that we will never do. Neal is a big fan of The Coffee Shop and the staff. Over the weekend, he told me that he is a little distressed by all of the "Popcorn Mania" that seems to be everywhere. He also told me that he had eleven or twelve hours of unedited film of Popcorn, and he is currently attempting to edit it into a film about the man he knew behind the bushy beard and funky costume. Like Neal, I am also distressed by the amazing number of people who are now "authorities" on Popcorn "and his cultural relevance," the majority of which never met him.
For those of you who may not know, Neal has been making film for a long time for the Humanities Division of North Carolina State University and most of his work can be obtained from Sucker Punch Pictures. I originally met him when he was making a film of the poet, Jonathan Williams. He also has a website: suckerpunchpictures.com/