Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2013

COMPUTER CHESS and Karaoke at True/False 2013

Andrew Bujalski‘s swimmingly strange and dense Computer Chess debuted at Sundance, and showed most recently at SXSW, but an appearance at True/False, a festival dedicated to the crossing of boundaries between nonfiction and fiction, and the surprise Skyped-in interview afterward to the Blue Note venue all fit keenly with the film’s field day with anachronism and its succession of narrative wormholes.

Fine young doc-maker Robert Greene introduces. (There are sync issues.)

Colleagues were mid-wowed and post-wowed, none more than Vadim Rizov, who brings up Thomas Pynchon to the man upon the screen.

(Outtakes and oddments from the film show up in this Secret Teaser, including Gerald Peary’s fantastic impersonation of Gerald Peary.)

Earlier, New Yorkers and Chicagoans were empaneled in central Missouri to explain why movie reviewers don’t know how to write about documentary. Glum jokes reigned.

And earlier still, the annual karaoke shootout, an off-the-books tradution at T/F, begun by filmmaker A. J. Schnack, who was debuting We Always Lie To Strangers at SxSW this year instead. The troops rallied.

And only a few seconds later… Filmmakers rise and filmmakers fall… get carried away

T:F Karaoke from Ray Pride on Vimeo.

Covering Seitz’s “Wes Anderson Collection” (Oct. 2013)

Trailering ELYSIUM (2’16”)


Werner Herzog on Les Blank (3’01”)

Trailering BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (1’40”)

“I’ll See You At The Movies”: The Daily Illini’s Ebert Front Page

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A Rose For Roger

Seat 1, Lake Street Screening Room, Friday, April 5, 2013, before a screening of To The Wonder, which will be Roger Ebert’s last review, according to editor Jim Emerson.

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Ebert’s 2011 TED Talk (19’30”)

Siskel & Ebert On TAXI DRIVER (8’34”)


“Our Roger Ebert wins Pulitzer” (1975)

“This is my happening… and it freaks me out!!” (0’18”)

WED, APRIL 5, 1967: Ebert Named Film Critic

To Roger And Russ

Trailering The 3D Snow Globe Of Baz Luhrmann’s Busy, Busy Gatsby (2’44”)

Will the finished film be cut ever faster, and approximate the effect of a swirling rack of snow globes from a concession at a smaller Midwestern American airport?

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch