||Without Vin, View Askew would be but a dream.
Vinnie and I worked together at the Quick Stop. When I started,
he was a mop boy. When I left, he was a mop boy. But regardless of
whether or not he swabbed the decks, there always burned the heart of a
film maker inside Vince.
Vincent was the first to read anything I had on 'Clerks' -
indeed, before it even was 'Clerks' (it was once called 'In
Convenience'). He laughed and said "You should finish this."
Well, I did. And all throughout, Vincent was the guy who always
wanted to be in film - and me? I just wanted to write
scripts. But Vinnie made directing seem accessible - like even I
could do it. And over the course of two or three years, he dragged me -
kicking and screaming - into the world of film, teaching me
everything from aspect ratios to how to figure out whether something was
shot anamorphically or just matted to give the wide screen effect.
And when we got lucky with 'Clerks', I returned the favor and
gave him $40,000 to shoot his first feature, 'A Better Place'. It should
be making the rounds at festivals '96 through '97.
Vincent's a huge Dario Argento freak who loathes smokers
(yes, that includes your's truly).
The Official 'A Better
Vincent in the Asbury Park Entertainment Page, March 3rd, 1996
NqZine's Interview with Vincent
Below: the coiled spring that is Vincent.