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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“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant