Movie City Indie Archive for June, 2008

"Enter Dream": new photos by Ray Pride

"Enter Dream" opening Friday the 13th

If you’re in Chicago, please consider visiting my latest show of photography. If you can’t, there’ll be an online version later. [Details here.]

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Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired (2008)

Marina Zenovich’s long-in-production documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired took a well-deserved jury prize at Sundance 2008 for editor-co-writer Joe Bini. The assembled have done a smashing job with archival footage and latter-day interviews to describe a lost era only three decades past; a troubled life that parallels terrible things of the 20th century; and a terrible crime compounded by layers and layers of misconduct by the prosecution (and persecution) of a publicity-hungry judge. The documentary, debuted Monday ngiht on HBO, is straightforward and not at all apologetic: Polanski pled guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. His victim appears as an adult who abhors he way both she and Polanski were treated by the California court system of the 1970s, and the underlying message is less one about libertinism and privilege than of the simple question of whether justice is served when even the semblance of taint, let alone full-on corruption, is allowed to enter. The answer: a calm, quiet, affirmative “No.” THINKFilm releases theatrically later this summer. [Below: trailer; a clip and a Sundance snap of Zenovich.]

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Indie is on assignment

Art examiner

Call for filmmakers: McCain campaign wants you to profile your neighbors

Surely this is a joke.

Trailering Wanted

So a Russian wildman comes to Chicago… and that’s only behind the camera. From this glimpse, I like the look of Timur Bekmambetov’s Chicago better than the Moscow of his two Nightwatch movies. [HD version here.]

Indie is surrounded on three sides

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“There are different signs that this is not stopping. I don’t think that anger and frustration and those feelings can go away. I hope they don’t. The attention and support for the victims needs to be continued, more than people worried about these abusers and what’s next for them, how are they going to move on — shut up. You know what? If any of these people come back, I would say, “I can’t wait to see who is actually going to support them.” That is going to be the glaring horror. Who is going to be, like, “This is a pressing issue, and we need to get them back?” If a janitor was so great at cleaning the building but also tended to masturbate in front of people, would the people at that building be like, “Yes, he masturbated, but I’ve never seen anyone clean so thoroughly, and I was just wondering when he’s going to get his job back, he’s so good at it.” No, it would be, “That’s not acceptable.” It’s fame and power that people are blinded by.”
~ Tig Notaro in the New York Times

“It’s never been easy. I’ve always been one of the scavenger dogs of film financing, picking up money here and there. I’ve been doing that all my life. This was one was relatively easy because certain costs have gone down so much. I made this film in 20 days whereas 30 years ago, it would have been made in 42.”
~ Paul Schrader