Reg Harkema The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Reg Harkema The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Who are you?
Reg Harkema, genius of Canadian cinema (and director of A Girl Is A Girl).

What are you up to?
Bang! a collaborative digital trilogy with Carl Bessai and James Dunnison. My entry is called "Bad Chloe Movie" and stars Aeryn Twidle from "A Girl Is A Girl."

Hometown and current HQ:
Commercial Drive (in Vancouver).

Current fixations:
On Love by Alain de Botton

Mind altering work of art:
Junkyard by the Birthday Party

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why?
Einsturzende Neubauten at Expo '86. Blixa stared right into my eyes and screamed right into my soul. At that moment I realised I needed to wear cooler pants.

What should everyone shut up about?
Copyright infringement. Intellectual freedom for everyone! That and the L.A. Lakers.

Your greatest strength/weakness:
I am opinionated. Ask my girlfriend.

Your vital daily ritual:
I check my email. On the Pacific Coast I am three hours behind, so there is usually something there to motivate me to wake up in the morning.

Guilty pleasures:
I love the movie "Valley of the Dolls." That or something involving a tube of K-Y jelly.

If I wasn't playing music I would be…
Directing and editing feature films. Wait a second. I gave up the guitar when I was 19.

Your most memorable day job:
I used to be a store detective. I used to sign out radios and car keys for the police. These are the kinds of summer jobs you get when your dad is a cop.

Best/worst advice received:
Best: Have some mushrooms and come to the Pigface gig with me.
Worst: Go see Magnolia.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for…
Blinding Light Cinema. Unfortunately, I don't know how to play anything. Maybe some of my musician friends could since it just got broken into.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
My girlfriend saying yes.

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed? And have you?
I'd kick someone out of my bed if they were a member of the Reform Party, but only after I'd slept with them.

When I think of Canada I think:
Mint, Scratch, Endearing, Sonic Unyon, Nardwuar, Teenage USA etc. Guy Maddin.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Music is easier to get. As in comprehend.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
Bruce LaBruce shook my hand once.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Making more money so I wouldn't have to borrow from my dad.