Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2013

DVD Interview: Benh Zeitlin on Water

Benh Zeitlin and I talked about Beasts of the Southern Wild, water, humidity, Hushpuppy as superhero of her own life, walls of music, coming to film from music and animation, and the influence Emir Kusturica and Bob Fosse on June 11, 2012 at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago.

PRIDE: We can start on water. Discuss!

ZEITLIN: Shooting on the water or the water in Louisiana?

PRIDE: Water, big. It’s like New Orleans water makes it what it is. Water brings the life, water brings the death.

ZEITLIN: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It’s a place, it’s so viscerally connected to the water. There’s a real humility that comes from this sort of feeling when you are there, that New Orleans is very close to death in this way. It’s a presence in a way that I have never experienced anywhere else before, and it is all about… Every time it rains, water has this reminder of what it can do, and that your existence is this precarious thing that can be taken anyway at any moment by the water. Then at the same time it’s also where all the best food comes from! It’s an endlessly fascinating relationship and when I started making this film, I saw this. You look at a map, and you see this place where the water and the land are sewn together, where there is no clear border. And I wanted to explore what was at the frontlines of that place. So I would drive as far as I could go out into the marsh on all these different roads, and at the end of one of these roads was the town that became the film.

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Teasing BLUE CAPRICE (0’34”)

Terence Davies Revealing Ealing (7’48”)

Co-Producer agnes b. Teams With SPRING BREAKERS For Merch

Plus, les inrocks calls the movie “Godard boosted by Red Bull.” French trailer below [Via agnès b, les inrocks, allocine.]

Postering TABU in Australia

[Via @Palacefilms; Click 3 times for largest size.]

Chris Burden’s 1970s Late Night TV Commercials (8’47”)



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Trailering Gerwig-Baumbach’s FRANCES HA (1’55”)


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“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant