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March 31 at 6:25pm

Making A Movie… the right way with the right people

Isn’t it nice how sometimes everything seems to go right?

Years back, we were given a script by a director whose work we admired. He was committed to getting it right and luckily we all worked well together. He kept making the script better and better. Yet, times are always tough and a period youth movie is never high on buyers must -have list. Still, we were prepared to make the film at any budget even if you needed more than a little just to license the period songs that punctuated every page of the script. One of his TV buddies then offered him a gig on a flick without any stars, making it seem like a Direct-To-DVD assignment. But it wasn’t — not even close.

By the time Greg Mottola was done with that little film, it was SUPERBAD, and now he wanted to make some more changes to what now felt like our script. Summer was almost over and our project had to shoot when it still looked looked hot & sweaty. With a month or so left in the season, we went out with the script, and found financing partners who believed in our vision and wanted to go right away, happy to cast whom we wanted.

We assembled a great team to make the movie, some old friends, others that became new friends. Everyone was talented. Everyone had a good attitude. Everyone worked really hard and had a good time in the process. The prep was short, the hours longs, but it still was a great time. Kinda like the film we made, but with less drama and less ball taps.

Our partners gave us enough money, encouraged to keep making things better, and when we were done, they worked incredibly hard and with tremendous passion to promote the film to the fullest. Even more, they believed that whomever saw it would dig it just as much, and they’ve been willing to screen it over and over just to get the word out.  Fortunately, the reviews do everyone’s efforts proud.

So this Friday night, our good fortune and everyone’s hard work is offered up to you, albeit for the price of a movie ticket.

Check out the website: http://www.adventurelandthefilm.com/
Michael Phillip’s Chicago Trib 4 Star Review
Harry Knowles’ rave: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40374
David Edelstien’s New York Mag rave.
Oh, and Matt Dentler threw five questions at me about the film, sucky jobs, social networks, and first features.  Check it out here.


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March 9 at 12:45pm

Beware: Bonnie Prince Billy

Will Oldham is one of those who gives both prolific and multi-disciplinarian a good name. This video, in anticipation of a new CD this month,  almost makes me want to be in Los Angeles (no small feat!):


Thanks Filmmaker!

And here’s another one who gives prolific & multidisciplinarian good names,  Jeff Lewis’, take on Will:


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March 7 at 2:37pm

Carson Mell: 1 pt C. Burns, 1 pt. P.K.Dick, 1 pt. just him

David Lowery’s HammerToNail review of Carson’s Field Notes From Dimension X created that hunger that couldn’t be filled.  Dimension X was no longer on the Sundance iTunes sight.  

Luckily, the man’s got some of his other work up to be dug.  Monsters, rock, and loneliness has always been cocktail to tickle my tuesday.  I can’t wait to see Mell’s feature debut.  Dang, I may have to go buy his book just to tide me over.


The Writer from Carson Mell on Vimeo.

Definitely check out The Devil In Denim too


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March 5 at 1:15pm

Wow! This is great! "Please Say Something"

Thanks to IFC’s Independent Eye I have now seen my favorite film of 2009.  David O’Reilly’s PLEASE SAY SOMETHING won the Golden Bear for short films at Berlin this year.  It’s about ten minutes long but packs a wallup of emotion, innovation, and experimentation into those ten minutes.  My day has been made.

IFC has some more information on their site, along with excerpts from an interview with O’Reilly.  Check it out.


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March 4 at 1:34pm

Animated US Air 1549 Hudson Landing

Splendid times indeed that we can get something like this — but this is a case where I only like the version that comes intact with the happy ending.


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March 1 at 11:03pm

William Carlos Williams

I would place “This Is Just To Say” on the top of my list for favorite poems and those things that have influenced me.  That poem taught me how to look at the world differently, to see beauty in the mundane, and love even in the folly.

I got something similar today when I got to recall another WCW verse, courtesy of TruthOut.  This poems too nails it for me, as did Michael Winship’s article that it inspired.
so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.


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