Archive for the ‘Off-site interviews’ Category

Frownland

Monday, September 10th, 2007

In March I caught the premiere of Ronald Bronstein’s Frownland at SXSW. Soon after seeing it, I wrote:

Frownland is clearly designed as an audience endurance test, a kind of cinematic middle-finger. Though not enjoyable in any conventional sense, it’s an unusual and original film that succeeds on its own uncompromising terms. Recommended viewing for brave lovers of cult films; others will probably want to skip it.

I would only slightly modify this statement to say, as we enter month nine of 2007, that Frownland ranks as one of my favorite films of the year. I was reminded of this by reading David Lowery’s Filmmaker Magazine interview with Bronstein, which has just been posted online.

Not everyone shares David’s or my admiration for the movie. Here’s an interview highlight from Bronstein that illustrates what a polarizing movie this is:

[A] fight nearly broke out after this one screening in Las Vegas. Some guy in the back of the theatre was booing throughout the closing credits. When they ended, this other guy stood up, turned to face the booer, and screamed, “You! You’re a fucking asshole!” I mean he really screamed. He was absolutely enraged. Red as a beet. Shaking. That’s when a third guy stood up and started defending the booer. The second guy turned on the third. Everyone was arguing. It was sort of a melee. Turns out that last guy was the attending critic for Variety and he wound up writing us a killer review.

Click here to read the whole thing.

David Lynch interview @ Wired.com

Monday, January 8th, 2007

A good interview with David Lynch at Wired.com. Topics covered include using digital video on Inland Empire and his ideas about meditation.

Wired: Digital video seems to have made the process of filmmaking easier for budding auteurs.
Lynch: Digital video is so beautiful. It’s lightweight, modern, and it’s only getting better. It’s put film into the La Brea Tar Pits.
Wired: So you are serious about working exclusively in DV from here on out?
Lynch: For sure.

[via DVGuru]

Dance Party USA

Friday, November 17th, 2006

I’ve heard good things about Aaron Katz’s microbudget feature Dance Party USA, which opens in New York today. If you’re in New York, go see it. If you’re not, order the DVD like I did.

Here’s an interview conducted by David Lowery.

And here’s one from indieWire.

Pinewood Dialogues Online

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

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]

Keith Fulton / Brothers of the Head

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Keith Fulton — co-director, with Lou Pepe, of Brothers of the Headanswers indieWire’s questions today.

Favorite quote, both because of the Temple shout-out and the philosophy:

I made a bunch of experimental super-8 films in college and then attended an MFA program in film production at Temple University. Temple’s program encouraged its students to learn all aspects of film production and did not follow the industry model at all. There was no structure where you played at being “the director,” “the writer,” or “the producer,” an approach which I think is unhealthy. There’s enough time to experience the hierarchy of film business later on, and I think the most important education you can have if you want to direct films is to learn every aspect of the process.

Indeed.

On paper Brothers of the Head looks gimmicky (“conjoined twin rock and roll band mockumentary”), but it’s smarter than that — intense, demanding, and weird (as in “Ken Russell weird”). Definitely not your typical summer fare. Go see it.