“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com
Picturing Sundance 2014: 21 Images
Sleep is good. Seeing movies is better. Writing solid, thoughtful reviews instead of instant reactions longer than a well-wrought tweet: even better. Those will come later, but for the day, a few quick descriptions and some more glimpses of 10 days at Sundance. (All images © 2014 Ray Pride.)
They don’t want you to park at the Library.
Abandon Hope, All Ye…
At Riverhorse, Filmmaker-Journalist reception.
Sometimes you get onto the wrong shuttle. Well, more than once. It shouldn’t be twice in a row. Argh!
Main Street: a large number of oldtimers would just stop, plant themselves and FaceTime away.
WOW indeed. 4.0 to the moon!
Devin Faraci, Kyle Buchanan at Filmmaker-Journalist reception at the Riverhorse.
Gawker shadows fall across the Banksy on the side of Java Cow.
The annual indiefilm trivia at the Yarrow, led by Tom Hall, with John Vanco and Matt Dentler to the right.
Midweek, a raft of journalists and filmmakers and most all of the “gifting suites” beat a path to SLC.
The Festival HQ in the gloaming.
Don’t go into the Shop.
Before 20000 Days On Earth at the Prospector.
Robert Greene, estimable documentarian and editor of Listen Up Philip.
The receiving line for Alex Ross Perry after Listen Up Philip at The Marc. (The line extends beyond the frame.)
A sky the silver miners could have seen in the nineteenth century.
The Filmmaker-Press reception (pastrami and tuna tartare bites not shown).
Buttons from the Montreal remembrance ceremony for late documentary man-about-world Peter Wintonick.
Fritz the Bear.
The moon over Main Street. And: Joe Swanberg after the no-longer-secret screening of Nymphomania.