Q&A: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn Discusses Burgeoning Film Career, Chuck Klosterman

The Hold Steady is in South Florida already, and we're madly excited for their peformance this evening for the Heineken Inspire event in Miami at the Moore Building. Frontman Craig Finn is almost as excited, in fact.

A few items omitted from our overly hyped, but rather satisfying Q&A in this week's New Times Broward-Palm Beach print edition, include that South Florida is one of the last places in the U.S. untouched by the Hold Steady (aside from a Langerado appearance back in 2007) -- "except for maybe West Texas," according to Finn.


Another discussion topic that didn't fit in print was the Hold Steady's growing connections to the movie industry. In a short extra from the interview, we find out about a Minneapolis filmmaker who obviously has the Hold Steady on his mind, and a screenplay adaptation of Chuck Klosterman's ode to growing up with metal, Fargo Rock City.

New Times: So we've heard that there's a fella in Minneapolis making a film named after the Hold Steady's

"Stuck Between Stations" (off Boys and Girls in America).

Craig Finn: There is a guy. I've met him, Sam Rosen. He's a real cool guy, and he's

from Minneapolis. Someone else I know is involved with that too. From

what I understand, it's nothing to do with our songs, they just feel

that the title kinda -- it is based in Minneapolis -- and they thought

it summed up what they were saying. I think it's really cool.


Speaking of movies, what the status of your film adaptation of Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City?


We're just kinda talking to people about that. The script was written

last August. Just kinda taking meetings for that. It's been a fun

process. It was fun to write and collaborate with this guy Tom Ruprecht

that I did it with. He writes for Letterman. He has for a long time.

He's more involved on the business side of it. It's been a real cool

thing. It's too early to tell how it'll end up.


How does Chuck Klosterman -- who I met at a Hold Steady show a few years ago -- feel about the script?

I've known Chuck for years. Fargo Rock City is not really a linear story, so we

had this idea of it as a jumping off point. I was happy when we wrote

it. The first thing we did was send it to Chuck. He wasn't really

involved in the script, it was based on his book. He wrote it. He was

really into it and really cool. We got his blessing. That's what matter

the most to me.

Heineken Inspire Miami, with the Hold Steady, Cold War Kids, DJ Chad

Hugo, DJ Irie, and DJ Skratchy. 3 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 21. Also 2 and

9 p.m. Saturday, May 22, with Fabolous, Wale, DJ Irie, DJ Skratchy,

Mesclasonic DJs, and Tito el Bambino. The Moore Building, 4040 NE

Second Ave., Miami Admission is free; 21 and up. Click here.


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