Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 14th, 2010
(Update: James Gunn’s September 19th blog on this visit can be found here.)
In this new era of emerging LA-based power couples, few can match the dynamic creativity and imagery of the electric violinist of Kayo Dot Mia Matsumiya and the successful movie director James Gunn.
Mia has been interested in cryptozoology for a long time, and her influence is legendary. For example, James and I were talking about how we both know she is the inspiration for her friend David Mack’s intrigue with cryptozoology, and the model for his book Shy Creatures.
It’s rather clear that Mia is smack dab in the middle of that book!
Her music is well-known, as well, for being eccentric and brilliant.
Mia, a longtime friend of Loren Coleman’s and overt cryptozoology fan, and her partner, Hollywood phenom James Gunn, visited the International Cryptozoology Museum last week on their way to the Toronto Film Festival. Gunn was to make an appearance in Canada to première his shockingly funny new motion picture, Super.
Gunn may be more familiar to you than you know. The St. Louis-born filmmaker wrote and produced the cult classic Tromeo and Juliet (1996) and, with Lloyd Kaufman, he wrote the book, All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger. Gunn had a spiritual awakening in Cannes France in 1997, and moved from New York to Los Angeles. He wrote and acted in the film The Specials (2000) with Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas J. Churchill and his brother Sean Gunn. He wrote two scripts for Warner Brothers live action movies: Spy vs. Spy (1985) (VG) and Scooby-Doo (2002). In 1999, after almost five years, he finished The Toy Collector.
Gunn has four brothers, all of whom are in the entertainment industry. His brother, Patrick Gunn, is a Senior VP at Artisan Entertainment, the company responsible for distributing (and the marketing campaign of) The Blair Witch Project (1999). His brother, Brian Gunn, is a screenwriter who works in partnership with their cousin Mark Gunn. Brian and Mark wrote the MTV-TV movie 2gether, and are executive producers on the television series of the same name. Gunn’s brother, Matt Gunn wrote and starred in the winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Man About Town. Gunn’s brother, Sean Gunn is an actor regularly seen in films, commercials, and such TV shows as “Angel” (1999). Gunn and Sean have collaborated on two occasions: Sean starred in Tromeo and Juliet (1996), and they acted together and co-produced The Specials (2000). Gunn has one sister, Beth. She is an attorney.
James Gunn is perhaps best know for being the writer and/or director on some of the following films:
Gunn’s newest adventure, Super (2010) is also written and directed by him.
The official Synopsis:
Frank (Rainn Wilson) is an average guy who transforms himself into superhero The Crimson Bolt after his wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) hooks up with a smooth-talking drug dealer, Jacques (Kevin Bacon). What Frank lacks in superpowers, he makes up for with a trusty wrench in his one-man war on crime. But every superhero needs a sidekick. Enter Libby (Ellen Page), a cute psychopath working at the local comic book store. Transforming into “Boltie,” Libby teams up with Frank to take Jacques down. From the surprising imagination of writer-director James Gunn (Slither) comes Bolt and Boltie, a crazed crime fighting duo for the XBox generation. They’re here to save the day, or at least to beat you up.
Breaking news reported by Robert Saucedo at Inside Pulse is that IFC has purchased the rights of Super for seven figures. (Poor, James, all those relatives are going to be asking you for holiday season loans now.)
Now, as to what did the couple of Mia and James do while at the museum, besides having a great visit? Well, Mia is well-known around modern popular culture for squeezing herself into small containers. So, of course, since they were coming to the ICM on an off-day, I brought in my suitcase so Mia could pose in front of the Crookston Bigfoot for an important historic moment to be recorded on my iPhone!
Best of luck as the couple relocate together in LA!