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

Tarkovsky лошадь



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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“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