My audio interview with Josh Hutcherson + “Detention” World Premiere Q&A pics at SXSW Film Festival

The name Josh Hutcherson should be quite familiar to readers of this blog. I first had the privilege of meeting the young actor at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. The event was the star-studded World Premiere of Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D, co-starring Brendan Fraser. It was organized like the Oscars -- nobody could even approach the theater without an invitation-only ticket, and the public was cordoned off behind barricades on the opposite side of street. The venue was the magnificent Village Theatre, originally part of the Fox chain, built in 1930. The 1400-seat house was packed to capacity.

I was assigned to shadow Josh and photograph him after the screening as he posed for pictures and signed autographs for his fans (see my pictures from the event).

15 months later I posted this video of Josh from the Q&A following the World Premiere of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Josh plays the best friend of Darren Shan, the book's author and lead character's namesake, portrayed by Chris Massoglia.

Hutcherson and I crossed paths and chatted again after the World Premiere of The Kids Are All Right at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010 (see my Q&A photos). I only chose five films as Top Picks after arriving home from Park City, Utah and this was one of them (see my review). I also named it as the film most likely to get picked up for wide distribution. It was, and went on to phenomenal success this past awards season. His performance garnered wide acclaim and helped propel him into the pantheon of bright, up-and-coming young stars.

I finally had the opportunity to sit down and interview Josh at length this past weekend at the SXSW Film Festival. He was generous and gracious with his time -- we spoke for 20 minutes, almost unheard of in this business, especially at busy film festivals.

He appears as Clapton Davis in Detention, the second feature from writer/director/producer Joseph Kahn (his previous film was 2004's Torque). Kahn is one of the top music video directors in Hollywood and it's quite evident in this visually and aurally stunning motion picture. Not only is Hutcherson starring in the film, he also serves as an Executive Producer. Our conversation took place several hours before the film's debut.

Just 18, Josh Hutcherson has completed 26 feature films since the age of nine. We talked about everything from his early roles on television, recent features like Zathura and Journey to the Center of the Earth, and upcoming roles in the just-completed Red Dawn and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, and Dwayne Johnson.

AUDIO INTERVIEW (mp3 file) -- It is SPOILER-FREE. You can listen live (click open) or download (click save).

Writer/director/producer Joseph Kahn and star/executive producer Josh Hutcherson were joined onstage after the screening by cast members Walter Perez, Aaron David Johnson, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook, Parker Bagley, and Shanley Caswell.

Here are some pictures I shot during the Q&A:

GALLERY (27 photos on 2 pages)


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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