1980s training videos have carved out a peculiar niche on the internet. Searching for a purpose for his new picture, director Quinn Armstrong utilized these training videos as a lens to tell a different kind of police story. Given recent events, the context of his film has landed differently than planned at inception. Between a wide-ranging change in the discourse on police and the shifting realities of COVID, there has never been a stranger time to shop such a film to the market. We’re proud to present an interview with Armstrong about his new film — the talk of this year’s Fantasia, Survival Skills takes VHS de-making to another level in this intriguing experimental film, with a great theatrical turn by dramatist Stacy Keach. Listen to our interview for all this, and much more.