Pinewood Dialogues Online

The Museum of the Moving Image in New York has posted MP3s of dialogues they’ve held over the last several years with major figures in (largely North American) film. Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, David Lynch and David Cronenberg are just a few of those interviewed.

Check out the dialogues here.

[Via Green Cine]

3 Responses to “Pinewood Dialogues Online”

  1. christopher Says:

    these lineups always sadden me a bit. 43 interviewees with only 6 women and very little color.

    as a middle-class white male it sometimes makes me wonder if i should be in this business at all. do we really need more white boys making films?

  2. Paul Says:

    Yeah, very true about the lineup. An otherwise wortwhile book I recently reviewed, “Fast Cheap and Under Control”, had the same problem.

    As for the second part of the comment, I do hold out the possibility that the stories one tells aren’t determined entirely by one’s race, class, gender. But if you’re asking whether or not the world needs another Kevin Smith or Quentin Tarantino, I think the answer is that one is enough.

  3. Sujewa Ekanayake Says:

    Great link Paul! Just listned to the Jarmusch interview – very interesting.

    Christopher, Re:
    ” as a middle-class white male it sometimes makes me wonder if i should be in this business at all. do we really need more white boys making films?”

    The short answer is yes.

    And here is the long answer:
    1. Re: race & art: The inner world of the human may not be very heavily affected by the outer world – and skin color, culture, etc = race, all that stuff is mostly the outer world. Are films white or black or are they, as they are experienced by individual humans in their minds, hearts something far beyond the very crude & simple race labels? Or, to use another, perhaps easier analogy, can music be black or white? From the marketing end, yes – if the main customers of a certain artist is black, the distro co will buy ads in black media to promote the artists next work. But, if a white person listnes to the music & likes it, did the music fail as black music or did it succeed as human music. probably yes & yes, depending on how most people look at things, most people who seriously believe in race divisions that is.

    2. I have not seen 2 white filmmakers make the same movie or the same kind of movie, ever. So, as each movie is a unique work, it is something that goes beyond the racial identity of each artist – for example – a jarmusch film & oliver stone film & michael mann film are all very different – the fact that all 3 belong to the white grouping did not limit them from creating unique works.

    3. a lot of white people live in america. it would be silly for white dudes to decide not to make movies because a bunch of white dudes are already making movies. just as it would be silly for a chinese dude in china to decide not to make movies in china because a lot of chines dudes make movies there.

    4. In art, individual desire should trump quotas. Or, a person who wishes to make art/entertainment should go ahead and do it, since most likely what they have to express through their work will be very unique.

    Of course, aside from all this, more diversity would be a better thing for Hollywood. Could result in more interesting movies, & more $s from audiences who are ignored by most of current fare. And it may be a better thing for the world, world peace, understanding, etc.

    On the indie realm, there are no barrriers for anyone to make a movie – or I should say – the barriers for making movies in the indie realm are just as difficult for almost everyone – since those barriers – after aquiring the means of production – will have to do with individual skill, experinece, etc.

    Even re: Hollywood, at this point in time – since it is private enterprise, there are no or very few explicit/insurmountable barriers for anyone who wishes to produce & distribute a big budget movie – like banks & movie theater chains are not closed off to any ethnic group – for the most part, though various institutions may have preferrences that fall short of clear discrimination – but may pose difficulties for certain individuals. But there are many options available for financing & distribution at this point in time. If one rejects you due to perhaps race, another may back you purely out of the $ motive.

    If Oscar Micheaux (30’s on) & Melvin Van Peebles (70’s on) were able to carve out filmmaking careers in an aggressively racist America, I don’t see why modern day minority filmmakers cannot get movies made.

    And after all that, the question filmmakers should ask is: aside from all the personal benefits that I would get by being a successful filmmaker, are there unique stories that I want to tell or are there unique ways that I have for re-telling old stories? And if the answer is yes, go ahead & dive into filmmaking. Does not matter if there are a billion people who look like you already in the industry.

    Hmm, sorry about the long comments there Paul. OK, good luck Christopher. Later on.

    – Sujewa