In my first year in Los Angeles, I got to meet Stuart Gordon at a small gathering unrelated to movies where he was just one of the guests. I remember quite a few in the room had never seen any of his films or didn't even know who he was. What struck me most over that night was how normal he was. He was a director of a couple of films I really loved, but he was just a person with a job like any other. Also, he was the one that night who told the most interesting stories, which I took to be the reason why he was good at his job.