20 years later: An oral history of ‘Reality Bites’

20 years later: An oral history of ‘Reality Bites’ 

“It was an unassuming romantic comedy invested in its characters more than its setting, but it registered — rightly or wrongly — as an attempt to define a generation. Two decades on, it exists less as a snapshot of an era than an emotional Polaroid of what it’s like to go out and make your way in the world.

On the occasion of the film’s 20th anniversary, HitFix talked to 10 individuals involved with the production of the film: stars Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn; screenwriter Helen Childress; producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher; cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki; and singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. What follows is their recollection of how it all came to be.”

I’m always a sucker for these oral history projects, and this one does not disappoint. Thanks to Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style for the link. If you are able, I highly recommend listening to the 90s Alternative Pandora station while you’re reading. And be sure to watch the Pop-Up Video for Lisa Loeb’s ‘Stay’ on page 6. Get ready for some nostalgia.


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