Occupation: Writer, filmmaker, professor
Hometown: Hutchinson, Kansas
Current neighborhood: Fairway
Who or what is your sidekick? Cody Wyoming (or maybe I’m his — it’s confusing, like Jack Burton and Wang Chi in Big Trouble in Little China).
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Film composer
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Oklahoma Joe’s, which had a line out the door and around the building, but we’d called in and been given a pickup time and were in and out in under 10 minutes. Remember this strategy.
Where do you drink? McCoy’s Public House or a certain speakeasy in the West Bottoms
What’s your favorite charity? Wayside Waifs and Midwest Music Foundation. I like dogs and musicians.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Vinyl Renaissance
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Anything to do with zombies.
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? The men’s room at the Golden Ox where, hanging above the urinals, there is a panoramic photograph of the aftermath of a massive stockyard fire in the Bottoms.
Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... ” It supported the National World War I Museum, the Union Station renovation, and the Crossroads Arts District.
“Kansas City screwed up when ... ” It stalled on a light-rail system. (But the streetcar plan sounds like a good start.)
“Kansas City needs ... ” An NBA team and a world-class film festival.
“People might be surprised to know that ... ” Despite co-creating Batman: the Animated Series, I’m not really that much of a Batman fan.
“If I were in charge ... ” What? You mean I’m not?
What TV show do you make sure you watch? Stephen Colbert ... or Pawn Stars
____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Ennio Morricone
What movie do you watch at least once a year? Jaws
What local tradition do you take part in every year? The Kansas State Fair where, although they no longer have a freak show or hootchie-kootchie tent, you can still get into a little boat and ride through “Ye Old Mill” accosted by monsters. The State Prison also has a great exhibit there.
Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: John Waters
Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: I don’t follow anyone on Twitter and will never ask anyone to follow me there, either.
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Right-wing loudmouths who say stupid shit and simply make things worse for everyone.
What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Netflix, Film Comment magazine, and Asian DVD Club
Last book you read: Kansas City Noir (my advance copy — the book comes out October 2).
Favorite day trip: Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Although it’s been decades now, I still wince at the memory of taking a first date to see Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
Interesting brush with the law? I was pulled over while eating a burrito. The burrito spilled on the floor. I reached down to recover it, and the cop thought I was going for a weapon.
Describe a recent triumph: The play A Bucket of Blood sold out 15 of 17 shows at the Living Room in March.
Mitch Brian teaches film studies and screenwriting at UMKC. He is rewriting a TV pilot and starting a new screenplay.