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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.

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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.”

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Postering $9.99

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By Jeremy Saunders.

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Butterfly swarms still threaten civilization

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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.

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

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

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Dennis Hopper on collecting art


Directed and Produced by Kimberly M. Wang.

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Crediting Noe's Enter the Void


[Via Scott Macaulay.]

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Tron vs. Saul Bass


By Hexagonall.

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[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.

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The Internet, seen from 1969


Prescient! [Via Kottke.]

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"Unloveable": Johnny Depp directs a video


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

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Trailering David Simon's "Treme"

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[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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Aloha is the movie equivalent of a man in a donkey suit with a tree branch growing out of his forehead. I don’t know what the fuck this movie is. It feels like Cameron Crowe tried to make some Pynchonesque contemporary riff on Casablanca, then either or he or the studio chickened out halfway through and tried to turn it back into Jerry Maguire. But don’t confuse Aloha with hackwork. It’s more like a mad scientist had 10 beakers bubbling, and instead of unlocking cold fusion, he blew up his lab and melted an ear. I swear, this movie is like some bastard offspring of Casablanca, Inherent Vice, ‘Goosebumps,’ and ‘Baywatch Hawaii.’ My takeaway? Making movies is hard, yo.”
~ Vince Mancini

“We don’t defy the laws of physics: There are no flying men or cars in this movie. So it made sense to do it old-school: real vehicles and real human beings in the desert. We shot the movie more or less in continuity, because the cars and the characters get really banged up along the way. The biggest benefit of digital technology for me was that the cameras were smaller and much more agile, so you could put them anywhere. We also spent a huge amount of time on spatial awareness—making sure the viewer could follow the action and understand what was happening. There has to be a strong causal connection from one shot to the next, just the same way that in music, there has to be a connection from one note to the next. Otherwise it’s just noise. Too often, if you just cram a lot of stuff into the frame, you get the illusion of a fast pace. But there’s no coherence. It doesn’t flow. It comes off as headbanging music, and it can be exhausting. We storyboarded the movie before we had a script: We had 3,500 boards, which helps the cast and crew understand how everything is going to fit together. Movies are getting faster and faster. The Road Warrior had 1,200 cuts. This one has 2,700 cuts. You have to treat it like a symphony.”
~ George Miller

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