Movie City Indie Archive for February, 2011

Trailering Isild Le Besco’s BAS FONDS

Via The Daily Notebook, a trailer for the actress-turned-director’s latest, part of Film Comment Selects: a French Dogtooth? Tiny Furniture with a hobo’s shotgun? Dunno what it is. Curious. [En français.]

Trailering Fred Schepisi’s EYE OF THE STORM

A glimpse of Geoffrey Rush and other ac-tors in the forthcoming flicker from Patrick White’s novel, via Mr. Schepisi.

David Lynch Launches DLF Music

David Lynch follows up his excursion into electronica with “David Lynch Foundation Music,” a scheme to benefit his version of Transcendental Meditation. From the site: “DLF Music brings together the world’s top & emerging recording artists to support the good works of the David Lynch Foundation’s stress-reducing, meditation-based educational programs. Featured artists of our Pledge compilation include: Arrested Development, Au Revoir Simone, Ben Folds, Peter Gabriel, Mary Hopkin, Moby, Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Ozomatli, Heather Nova, Iggy Pop, Carmen Rizzo, Salman Ahmad, Slightly Stoopid, Dave Stewart, Andy Summers and Tom Waits. When you Pledge for the 17-track compilation download, or any of the other unique items and experiences during this 6-week Pledge campaign, you gain access to Pledgers-only updates from participating DLF Music artists. Each week you will receive 2 or 3 of DLFMusic’s featured tracks … PLUS receive exclusive video, photo and blog updates, giving you an insider’s view into the artists lives and experiences.” What’s the kicker? “The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a non-profit educational organization which was established in July 2005 to ensure that anyone at-risk for traumatic stress can learn Transcendental Meditation. In the past five years, over 150,000 inner-city youth, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, homeless adults and children, American Indians, and inmates and guards in maximum security prisons have learned to meditate. Research on meditating students has found that the technique increases grades and improves test scores, boosts graduation rates while reducing stress, depression, anxiety, dropouts, suspensions, and expulsions.”



The Larsmobile: Buy It Now For A Mere $150,000

Non-flying filmmaker Lars Von Trier’s world-famous Larsmobile, a 1992 Dethleffs Advange with 74,520 miles on it, is on eBay… Alas, he says, he has grown weary of the smell of diesel. (The “US” plates are a nice touch.)

“Hereby and [sic] exceptional offer for every admirer of Top-Director Lars Von Trier. After a great deal of consideration, it has been decided to sell out one of Lars Von Triers most reliable and personal items – his beloved Mobilehome. This Mobilehome has functioned as Lars’ only way of travel for a period of more than 10 years, and must until now, be considered an integral of the VIP-parking at Cannes Film Festival. Some of Lars’ biggest ideas went from idea to script in this vehicle. Also the Mobilehome has provided framework around several meetings between some of the greatest personalities in the history of film,” the item crows. “Looking forward to get rid of the smell of Diesel. Hope a potential buyer likes this smell, as Diesel has been poured over the floor several times.” – Lars Von Trier. Below the fold, a glimpse of the fabled Larsthrone.

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Trailering Bela Tarr’s THE TURIN HORSE

Warning: minimalism.

[Via KinemaSlovakia.]

Trailering Ayn Rand’s ATLAS SHRUGGED PART I

A stealth production? A stealth release?


BYE BYE MUBARAK From Egyptian Filmmaker Ramy Rizkallah

“Feb. 11th 2010. For the first time in 7000 years or more, egyptians peacfully were able to overthrow their Dictator. No one in Egypt could’ve imagined this happening.
I shot this 20 minutes after the VP announced the president’s departure, people are chanting that the army and the people are one hand and the army closed the road to help people celebrate.
I just witnessed history.
I shot this on a high ISO so please excuse the noise in the Video.
Bye Bye Mubarak.”


Raising Kael: What’s In A Title?

PAULINE KAEL is set to join the ranks of the esteemed litterateurs of the Library of America (alongside her peer Manny Farber), and there are new collections of Philip Roth and Kurt Vonnegut in the next batch of releases as well. The volume’s edited by Sanford Schwartz, and coming from the critic who wrote “I Lost It At The Movies,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Going Steady,” “Deeper Into Movies,” “When The Lights Go Down” and “Taking It All In,” what sweetly skeevy double-entendre of a title has the august press arrived at? “The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael.” Whut? What opportunity has been missed here? “The Tender Age Of Movies”? Nah. “The Underage of Movies”? No. “The Long And Short: Selected Movie Writings By Pauline Kael,” that wouldn’t be half-bad. Why is an appropriately inappropriate title so hard?

Let’s Make Love With A Loaf Of Bread

How A 4-Hour-8-Minute INTERRUPTERS Almost Missed Sundance

Walt Disney’s Centripetal 1943 Production Process Chart

Okay, now that’s an infogasm. Anyone have the Weinstein Company 2011 edition? Larger below the fold. [Via @Issue.]
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Bass Notes: The Film Posters Of Saul Bass

At London’s Kemistry Gallery.

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield