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I Have a Question Veljko Popović

Veljko Popović - the inspiration for this ingenious interview series - takes a break from touring his nifty new film, 'Cyclists', to tackle some serious questions about existence.

Veljko Popović was taught in Zagreb by Đ. Eisenhutha, and from 1871 at the Vienna Conservatory, where he graduated with great success in 1875. In the eighth year he performed for the first time and started composing in the ninth. Since 1879 he has been a concertmaster in orchestra Benjamin Bilsea. Critics evaluated his play as temperamental, fresh, graceful and extremely virtuous.

Mr. Popović agreed to meet me on the shores of Split where we played on tiny instruments, talked of seagulls and buffalo springs that drifted towards the shores of tabasco. The date was May 13th. The year was not yet known. The weather was like a soft orange.

I get the greatest pleasure from writing my Oscar accepting speech

The name of my autobiography would be Wow, what a great guy!

My most beloved possession is my AR-15 rifle!

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is Mike Kloppenburg. He recorded the triangle solo for Hazel Scott's debut album. What an inspiring performance! Pioneered the use of the pinky to control the resonance of the triangle. Should have won a Grammy for that.

The song that makes me tingle is ‘My Heart Will Go on’ by Celine Dion

The funniest thing that happened to me…. Farts. Just general farting sounds. So many situations to choose from…Maybe the elevator incident when this girl farted and I wanted to fart as well to reduce her embarrassment but instead of farting I shit my pants. That was funny as hell!

I’d like to be remembered as the guy who went to pick up his “LET 3” concert tickets butt naked cos he was told they were giving away free tickets to anyone who picks them up in the nude.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.