DP/30 Archive for December, 2011

DP/30: Tyrannosaur, actor Olivia Colman

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DP/30: I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat

Director Matthew O’Callaghan, Voice Talent (and living legend) June Foray, and Exec Producer Sam Register.

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DP/30: Drive, actor Albert Brooks

We are thrilled to be able to bring you a half hour chat with the legendary Albert Brooks. We shot this just yesterday, post-SAG, pre-Globes. The chat may be less often funny than you’d expect, but the man of ideas has always been there behind the laughs, which is why we all remember so much of what he’s written and said over these last 40 years.

Other recent interviews include the director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, a pair of animated directors (Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rio), almost a full hour with the director and the writer of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, plus The Brothers Dardennes, whose The Kid With The Bike is grabbing awards and nominations all over the country.

But start with the Albert… you’ll be glad you did.

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain