Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2010

Rodarte X Maggie Cheung, by Wing Shya


Wing Shyahas been a photographer on Wong Kar-Wai’s films. There’s lovely stuff at the link. Music by Peter Kam.

Diesel takes Godard shopping


While Hal Hartley gently weeps. From the YouTube link: “This is a new campaign from Diesel called “A Hundred Lovers” and mixes a cool brand video with a unique shopping experience as part of the larger “be stupid” work on the new Diesel Website.”

Postering $9.99

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By Jeremy Saunders.

Butterfly swarms still threaten civilization

Eva Markvoort, subject of 65_Redroses, was 25

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[Yung Chang, Nimisha Mukerji, Philip Lyall, Eva Markvoort, HotDocs 2009]
65_RedRoses’ Eva Markvoort has died. “A New Westminster woman who became a celebrated cystic fibrosis campaigner died in her Vancouver General Hospital bed of the disease on Saturday (March 27) morning. She was 25. Markvoort was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby. The former Miss New Westminster and University of Victoria theatre student received a double lung transplant in 2007, but her body wouldn’t accept the donated organs. She was awaiting a second donation when she died. Markvoort brought worldwide attention to the disease while encouraging people to become organ donors through her online journal, 65 Red Roses—a name chosen for how she would mispronounce “cystic fibrosis” as a toddler—as well as an award-winning documentary of the same name made by Vancouver filmmakers Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall. Two days before she died, she wrote in her blog that she was “supersaturated” with drugs and that her doctors were going to try taking her off some of them to see how she would manage. Her final words in a blog post were: “and i am not managing, not managing at all. i’m drowning in the medications. i can’t breathe. every hour, once an hour, i can’t breathe. something has to change.”

Markvoort’s last video. Her LiveJournal. Below: the trailer for the fiercely moving, intimate documentary.

HBO's 15-minute "Making of 'Treme'"

Dennis Hopper on "Bad Things" (Nike Comm'l)

Dennis Hopper on collecting art


Directed and Produced by Kimberly M. Wang.

Crediting Noe's Enter the Void


[Via Scott Macaulay.]

Tron vs. Saul Bass


By Hexagonall.

[PR] Composer John Barry to be honored at Ghent Film Festival

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John Barry to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at 10th anniversary of World Soundtrack Academy
(Ghent, Belgium) On October 21, 2010 the music of four-time Oscar winner, John Barry will be performed live in concert at the Ghent International Film Festival.The 80 -iece Brussels Philharmonic will perform selections from Barry’s scores including Goldfinger, Mary Queen of Scots, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves and Midnight Cowboy, conducted by Nicholas Dodd. The concert will be accompanied by a video presentation of film clips. With the John Barry concert, the Ghent Film Festival will be continuing its tradition of showcasing memorable, award-winning film music in the form of live concerts. Previous editions have featured Ennio Morricone, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and Alexandre Desplat. Go here for more information.

The Internet, seen from 1969


Prescient! [Via Kottke.]

"Unloveable": Johnny Depp directs a video


A little bit “An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge”…

Trailering David Simon's "Treme"

[PR] Oscar's moving back to February

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Key Dates Announced for 83rd Academy Awards®
Beverly Hills, CA (March 25, 2010) — The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. Key dates currently scheduled are:

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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