“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2010
Wing Shyahas been a photographer on Wong Kar-Wai’s films. There’s lovely stuff at the link. Music by Peter Kam.
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.”
[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.
Directed and Produced by Kimberly M. Wang.
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.
Prescient! [Via Kottke.]
A little bit “An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge”…
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: