Freelance film editor Stephen Dwyer was born in Indianapolis and raised in Greenwood, Ind., before moving to Connecticut in 2010. Dwyer graduated from New London High School and earned his bachelor's degree in film and television at New York University. He was one of seven filmmakers who was accepted in the Sundance Film Festival's Sundance House program this January. The program allows filmmakers to edit their films with mentors at Sundance. Dwyer now lives in New York City.
Say you have a modern-day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?
That of my girlfriend, Auriyana. Wait. Maybe Al Pacino. Yeah, Al Pacino.
What's your favorite sandwich?
The $4 pastrami and cheddar footlongs you can get at nearly any deli in Brooklyn.
You're locked in a museum for a night, which one would it be?
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Hands down.
What's your favorite Martin Scorsese film?
Sorry to have to tell you this, but an asteroid is going to wipe all humanity next week. So, what's your last meal?
A bucket of fried chicken, a Maine lobster, my Grandma's empanadas, a burger from Steak 'n Shake, and freshly-picked strawberries to balance out the greasiness.
What was the first movie you saw at a theater?
I think it was "Thumbelina". Don't judge.
What movie do you like, but can't convince others to watch?
"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie". It's on Netflix. Don't watch it while eating.
Name an item you can't live without:
Any beanie that I use to cover my head on bad hair days. Every day, essentially.
Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:
The "Scarface" shirt I wore in eighth grade. It's still too big.
What's your favorite building?
The F&F Tower in Panama City, Panama.
What's your favorite non-English language film?
Currently, "Revanche". "Orfeu Negro" is my all-time favorite, though.
Last book you couldn't put down:
"The Divine Conspiracy" by Dallas Willard.
You're a DJ at a club. What's the night's last song?
Probably "Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem.
What language do you wish you could instantly speak?
What movie have you seen more than any other?
It's a toss-up between "The Godfather" and "The Shining".
What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:
There/Their/They're. I know, I know.
You have a time machine and movie premiere tickets. What are you going to see?
Which book, television show, movie, or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a filmmaker?
"Living in Oblivion" is a great depiction of an independent film set.
Which is better: New York or Los Angeles?
You can't compare them, in my opinion, but I will say that I enjoy the complete lack of freezing weather that characterizes the latter.
Film or digital?
Film, oftentimes, looks better. Digital is more practical. Digital.
Anagrams or palindromes?
That's a tough one. I'll have to think about that one.
Pick a number between 17 and 76 ? Why that number?
Let's go with 50. It's a nice round number.
What historical event would you like to have been witness to?
Led Zeppelin at Earls Court, [London] 1975.
What is your favorite place in Connecticut to recharge and/or find serenity?
As long as I'm with my friends from the 6th District of New London, I'm as serene as a lotus flower.
Who alive today do you most admire?
My beautiful mama!