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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“We’re all going to die so it makes it very easy. I haven’t always thought that way but I’ve realized it’s the truth. I think age gets you there, questioning your mortality… When you realize that, it’s so liberating, it’s so free, you can fly! There’s no need to hold on to anything. Like, think of the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you; it’s probably happened to 500 million people as well. Who gives a shit!”
~ Steve McQueen

“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children.”
~ Stan Lee, 1965