Former Student Boots Riley Mines His Experiences as Telemarketer in 'Sorry To Bother You'

Monday, July 02, 2018

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, FRESH AIR -- I was at film school in San Francisco State, and at that time, the school was more — I found it to be more focused on experimental film and documentary. You know, I was interested in narrative and things that could reach many people. And going to school in San Francisco, you’re not going to meet as many people that are making films as you would if you went to film school in New York or LA.

So we got a record deal where they were actually offering me money to do music, to do my art. So I quit school really quickly and did that instead. We just happened to be at the right time and the right place because the Bay Area, specifically Oakland, was a place that every record label decided they needed a group from. So we rode that wave that was started by people like Digital Underground, Too Short and MC Hammer.