One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV work that she couldn’t walk out in public alone, but enjoyed a quiet anonymity on campus.
A more recent arrival (though it has been few years) is Michael W. Barnard, who teaches in the MUM David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts. David is a multi-talented individual, but what intrigued me the most was his background as a director in the movie industry.
I asked him for an interview to get a better sense of what it actually means to be a director, and his personal history in that role, and wrote this up about it