He became a human being to me, a peer. Very much a friend, and very much flawed.
I think we all sort of felt the family drifting apart for years. But there was never an inkling in my mind that he would reveal it to me on camera that day. It just sort of happened. In fact, I only had two video tapes to shoot and had planned to go get more tapes at lunch. He revealed that to me and then my mother walked by and he told it to her. And in the middle of him telling her the news, I ran out of tape and I had to run and get more tape and shoot the end.
What did you discover about your father after seven years of filming?
I discovered his basic humanity. You know, there's a scene in the movie 'Kinsey' where Kinsey interviews his father about his sexual history and in that moment Kinsey's father becomes a man to him. He no longer sees him as this oppressive human being. That's a very real moment that I think happens in lots of people's lives. I relate to it very much because not only am I creating a film, but I'm also asking my father very intimate questions about who he is as a human being. And he's answering them in a very honest way. And so our relationship changed throughout the film. He became a human being to me, a peer. Very much a friend, and very much flawed. I don't know when you want your father to become human, or if you ever want your father to become human, but in our case, it's been something that's wonderful. It's been important for me and it's something that some people never get, but it's something that I now have.
How much of his art is on display for the public to see?
Well, it's fascinating. The work is located mostly on a city block in Philadelphia on Tenth and South Street and anyone can go there and see it. It's become this epicenter of tourism in Philadelphia. Michelle Obama recently paid a visit as did the Vice President of France. It's for the public to see, and that's the beauty of it. I think when he was younger my father realized that he probably wasn't going to get into a museum quickly, so he decided to make the city of Philadelphia his museum.