ED- The Eerie Digest is most humbled to introduce Producer Christopher Coppola to all our readers. Christopher, you are part of the most prestigious Hollywood family today that includes such names as Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage, and Sophia Coppola, and you are a well known producer and director in your own right. We understand that an early age your first foray into filmmaking was by creating films, starring your brother Nicolas Cage, with a Super 8 camera. Please tell us about this time in your life.
CC- Yes, there is a lot of talent in the Coppola family. I look at myself as the Coppola who makes drive-in genre movies as well as educational entertainment. My father was great educator, so I sorta combine a bit of my father and a bit of my uncle. When I was little, my brothers and I had to deal with a mother who was mentally ill. Our childhood was rough. I would do puppet shows, radio shows, rigged séances and super 8 films with my brother Nicolas as a form of escape. Some of our early Super 8 films were “The Unknown Circus”—a little circus appears at a foggy park. There’s a love triangle. My brother plays the jealous clown who kills the tightrope walker. Another film was “Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva” an animated spiritual dance flick and my favorite film was about Theseus wandering in the labyrinth searching for the minotaur and in the end finding himself. When my mother was institionalized my father took over raising us. That’s when we were schooled in the arts.