Movie City Indie Archive for December, 2011

Trailering Tony Gatlif’s INDIGNADOS

http://vimeo.com/34377474

Premiering Berlinale 2012: Gatlif shot both a fiction and documentary version of his observation of the European “Indignados,” predecessors to the “Occupy” protests around the world. Reports Cineuropa: “According to Gatlif, Indignados “plunges into the dense and palpable reality of a Europe in revolt just to be able to live, through the gaze and illusions of Betty (Mamebetty Honoré Diallo), a young African illegal immigrant.” Travelling along the edge of the borders of a Europe on the verge of collapse in terms of its social cohesion, Betty confronts this reality and the absurd situations it creates… At the same time, Gatlif has directed the documentary Indignez-vous! for Arte.” Gatlif: “This is urgent. The disorder of financial capitalism is throwing the world and its population into a crisis that is increasingly tough for millions of people, reduced to unemployment and plunged into poverty. These dark times in which we live may lead to worse still, a surge in xenophobic and racist violence, a war of civilisation, pitting nations against other nations in the name of God, the incompatibility of cultures, or quite simply hatred of the other. Cinema, like literature, music and the other arts, must fight against this terrible outcome.”

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“Cry Me A River,” from DREILEBEN

Oh my. So good. From Dreileben. Wonder which of the three films? The Petzold? [Via Dennis Lim.]

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Inside The Stanford Apple Archives (2’24″)

[Associated Press.]

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Postering THE PAPERBOY

[Millennium Films.]

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Harvey Korman’s CARVING MAGIC (10’28″)

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John Roecker’s “They’re All Out Without You,” A Green Day “Punk Opera” (29’35″)

From the Vimeo link: “Based on the Characters from Green Day’s Grammy Award Winning Album American Idiot. John Roecker who directed the soon to be released documentary “Heart Like a Hand Grenade” (“HLAHG”) about the making of Green Day’s best selling album to date—”American Idiot”—brings you his take on the characters as originally visualized from AI, what many consider to be the first true “punk rock” opera. John’s longtime friendship with Billie Joe Armstrong, (the lead singer and guitarist of Green Day) gave him insight into the band’s creative vision, and put John at ground zero… in the recording studio along with the band. John’s task seemed simply really, to document the creative process as it unfolded – honest, uncensored, and real. What emerged The American Idiot Album, now considered by many to be Green Day’s greatest musical achievement. As John continued to document the layers of creativity behind the music of AI, he started to visualize who the characters were, and what they were truly meant to be.

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Orphaned Polar Bear Cub. That Is All.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jwKwbuW2GdA

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19 “For Your Consideration” 2011 Scripts Now Include MARGARET, WAR HORSE

These are PDF downloads. Streaming the Contagion score makes for a nice background. (Paramount has scripts, but only upon request and if qualified.)

Margaret

War Horse

The Artist

Beginners

Bridesmaids

Coriolanus

The Debt

The Descendants

Hanna

The Help

The Iron Lady

Jane Eyre

Martha Marcy May Marlene

My Week With Marilyn

Pariah

Shame

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Warrior

Win Win

 

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Terry Gilliam’s “Happy Christmas Wishes” (1968, 2:45)

Terry Gilliam Socks

Photo: Ray Pride, Marrakech, December 2011.

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Ladies & Gentlemen… Julianne Moore (:52)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V4YlDkCIoIs

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Woodkid’s BORN TO DIE for Lana Del Rey

About the director: “The Evolution Of Woodkid.”

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Clipping Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT (language NSFW)

“I used to be very angry.” February 24th on VOD; theatrical in March. More at the film’s website.

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Tex Avery Drinks The Kool-Aid (1’00)

[Via CartoonBrew.]

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CONTAGION II

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Trailering Guy Maddin’s KEYHOLE

Post-production diary here.

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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…