The Birth of Errol Morris

I look at Errol Morris’s first two films, Vernon, Florida and Gates of Heaven, as learning experiences for the film-maker. Both, on the surface, are not really about a particular topic. But both have themes that show up while you are watching the films. It was if Morris set out to make these films without a grasp of what he wanted to show up on screen. And while filming, he found a theme through his dialog with his subjects.