By David Poland

DP/30 in 2011: More Than 100 Hours Of Conversation About Movies With The People Who Make Them

1. When We Leave, director Feo Aladag
2. Essential Killing, director Jerzy Skolimowski
3. The Human Resources Manager, director Eran Riklis
4. Precious Life, director Shlomi Eldar
5. Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs (Jan 2011)
6. Animal Kingdom, actor Jacki Weaver
7-11. The List: Paul Mazursky, Parts 1 -5
12. Every Day, wr/dir Richard Levine, actors Carla Gugino, Helen Hunt
13. True Grit, Costume Designer Mary Zophres
14. The Lie, writer/director/actor Joshua Leonard, actor Jess Weixler
15. The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin
16. True Grit, cinematographer Roger Deakins
17. Catechism Cataclysm, actors Steve Little & Robert Longstreet
18. We Were Here, director David Weissman
19. Martha Marcy May Marlene, wri/dir Sean Durkin, actors Lizzy Olsen, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes
20. Buck, director Cindy Meehl and subject Buck Brannaman (Sundance 2011)
21. Like Crazy, Drake Doremus, Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin
22. The Art of Getting By (aka Homework), wr/dir Gavin Wiesen, actors Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts
23. Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Film Ever Sold, documentarian Morgan Spurlock
24. Silver Tongues, director Simon Arthur, actor Lee Tergesen
25. Cedar Rapids, director Miguel Arteta, actor Ed Helms

26. Page One, director Andrew Rossi, subject David Carr
27. The Devil’s Double, director Lee Tamahori
28. The Redemption Of General Butt Naked, documentarians Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss
29. The Music Never Stopped, director Jim Kohlberg, actors Lou Pucci and J.K. Simmons
30. Little Birds, actors Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker
31. The Devil’s Double, actors Dominic Cooper & Ludivine Sagnier
32. Being Elmo, director Constance Marks
33. True Grit, Jeff Bridges
34. Reagan, documentarian Eugene Jarecki
35. Inception, cinematographer Wally Pfister
36. Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, editor Andrew Weisblum
37. In A Better World, co-writer/director Sussane Bier
38. Salt, sound mixer Greg Russell
39. Unstoppbable, sound editor Mark P. Stoeckinger
40. The Social Network, editors Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
41. Cold Weather, co-writer/director Aaron Katz, co-writer/producer Brendan McFadden
42. Vanishing On 7th St, actors Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen
43. Black Swan, specialty costumers Rodarte (aka Laura & Kate Mullavey)
44. Legends – editor Michael Kahn
45. Even The Rain, director Icíar Bollaín
46. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin & Alix Madigan
47. If A Tree Falls, director Marshall Curry
48. The Last Lions, directors Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert
49. Potiche, director/screenwriter Francois Ozon
50. The Princess of Montpensier, director Bertrand Tavernier, actor Gaspard Ulliel

50. I AM, director Tom Shadyac
51. Little Birds. writer/director Elgin James
52. Arthur, director Jason Winer
53. State Of The Union: Bill Mechanic on “Premium VOD”
54. Exporting Raymond, documentarian Phil Rosenthal
55. Massy Tadjedin, dir Last Night
56. Cinematographer John Bailey
57. Hesher, director/co-writer Spencer Susser
58. The Big Uneasy, director Harry Shearer
59. The Hangover, Part II, dir Todd Phillips
60. The Tree of Life, actor Jessica Chastain
61. Eva Marie Saint
62. The Tree of Life, producers BIll Pohlad, Dede Gardner
63. Luther, actor idris Elba
64. Mad Men, actress Kiernan Shipka
65. PGA’s Produced By… Conference 2011
66. Mildred Pierce, Evan Rachel Wood
67. Parks & Recreation, actor Nick Offerman
68. Beginners, writer/director Mike Mills
69. Glee actor/Shameless writer Mike O’Malley
70. Page One, director Andrew Rossi, subject David Carr (June 2011)
71. Covert Affairs, actor Piper Perabo (June 2011)
72. The Killing, actor Michelle Forbes
73. The Art of Getting By (formerly “Homework”), actor Freddie Highmore
74. How To Die In Oregon, director Peter D Richardson
75. The Last Mountain, director Bill Haney, subject Robert Kennedy, Jr

76. Bobby Fisher vs The World, director Liz Garbus
77. Rejoice And Shout, director Don McGlynn
78. Somewhere Between, director Linda Goldstein Knowlton
79. Bad Teacher, director Jake Kasdan
80. Crime After Crime director Yoav Potash, subject Joshua Safran
81. Hot Coffee, director Susan Saladoff
82. Another Earth, director/co-writer Mike Cahill, actor/co-writer Brit Marling
83. Leon Vitali on Kubrick
84. Salvation Blvd, director/co-writer George Ratliff
85. Friends With Benefits, director Will Gluck
86. The Interrupters, director/producer Steve James & producer Alex Kotlowitz
87. Tabloid, director Errol Morris (July 2011)
88. Legend of the Fist, director Andrew Lau
89 -90. Chasing Madoff, subject Harry Markopolos
91. Magic Trip, director Alex Gibney
92. Life In A Day, director Kevin MacDonald, editor Joe Walker
93. Senna, director Asif Kapadi
94. The Whistleblower, director Larysa Kondracki
95. Jack Larson – Life With & James Bridges
96. The Debt & The Year Of Jessica Chastain
97. The Debt, director John Madden (2011)
98. Midnight in Paris, actor Corey Stoll
99. Higher Ground, director/actor Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard
100. Your Sister’s Sister, writer/director Lynn Shelton, actors Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass

101. Moneyball, director Bennett Miller
102. Amigo, writer/director John Sayles
103. Uncle Kent, writer/director Joe Swanberg, star Kent Osborne
104. Five Days of War, director Renny Harlin
105. Creature Creator Neville Page
106. God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait
107. Dirty Girl, wr/dir Abe Sylvia, actors Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier
108. Crazy Horse, documentarian Frederick Wiseman
109. Sarah Palin: You Betcha, documentarian Nick Broomfield
110. Melancholia, actors Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland
111. Take Shelter, wr/dir Jeff Nichols, actors MIchael Shannon, Jessica Chastain
112. The Ides of March, actor Paul Giamatti
113. Weekend, writer/director Andrew Haigh
114. Paul Williams: Still Alive
115. The Skin I Live In, actors Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya
116. The Ides of March, actor Evan Rachel Wood
117. The Ides of March, producer/co-writer Grant Heslov
118. Martha Marcy May Marlene, actors Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and writer/director Sean Durkin
119. Oranges & Sunshine, director Jim Loach, actor Emily Watson, real-life inspiration Margaret Humpheys
120. Revenge of the Electric Car, documentarian Chris Paine
121. Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich
122. Anonymous, actors Ryhs Ifans, Jamie Campbell Bower
123. Anonymous, screenwriter John Orloff
124. To Hell And Back Again, documentarian Darfung Dennis
125. A Dangerous Method, director David Cronenberg

126. Midnight in Paris, producer Letty Aronson
127. Warrior, director/co-writer Gavin O’Connor
128. Like Crazy, actor Anton Yelchin
129. Like Crazy, director Drake Doremus
130. Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig
131. Tree of Life, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Glass
132. Martha Marcy May Marlene Producers
133. The Weird World Of Blowfly
134. The Descendants, actor Judy Greer
135. The Descendants, editor Kevin Tent
136. The Flowers of War, director Zhang Yimou, actor Christian Bale
137. Puss In Boots
138. Miss Representation
139. The Lady
140. Magnolia’s Eamonn Bowles on their 10th Anniversary
141. Killer Joe
142. My Worst Nightmare
143. Chicken With Plums
144. The Forgiveness of Blood, writer/director Joshua Marston
145. We Need To Talk About Kevin, director/co-writer Lynn Ramsey, co-writer Rory Kinnear
146. Eye of the Storm, director Fred Schepisi
147. Hanna, actor Saoirse Ronan
148. Contagion, screenwriter Scott Z Burns
149. Into The Abyss, documentarian Werner Herzog
150. The Lady, actress Michelle Yeoh

151 Shame, co-writer/director Steve McQueen, actor Michael Fassbender
152. Shame, actor Carey Mulligan
153. Warrior, actor Nick Nolte (Pt 1 of 2) 153a Warrior, actor Nick Nolte (Pt 2 of 2)
154. Happy Feet 2, director/co-writer/producer George Miller
155. Rango, director Gore Verbinski
156. Cormans World, documentarian Alex Stapleton, subjects Roger & Julie Corman
157. Melancholia, actor Kirsten Dunst
158, We Have To Talk About Kevin, actor Tilda Swinton
159. The Descendants, actor Shailene Woodley
160, Hugo, actor Sir Ben Kingsley
161. Hugo, screenwriter John Logan
162. The Descendants, actors Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster
163. Albert Nobbs, actors Glenn Close, Janet McTeer
164. The Artist, writer/director Michel Hazanavicius
165. Hugo, actor Chloe Moretz
166. Young Adult, writer Diablo Cody
167. Young Adult, director Jason Reitman
168. Hugo, editor Thelma Schoonmaker
169. Young Adult, actor Patton Oswalt
170. Pina, Wim Wenders (Toronto, Sept 2011)
171. Win Win, writer/director Tom McCarthy
172. Young Adult, actor Charlize Theron
173. Hugo, producer, Graham King
174. Kid With A Bike, director/writers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardennes
175. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, actors Gary Oldman, Mark Strong

176. Coriolanus, director/actor Ralph Fiennes
177. Drive, Director Nicholas Refn
178. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Pt 2, director David Yates, producer David Heyman
179. The Iron Lady, director Phyllida Lloyd
180. Kung Fu Panda 2, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson
181. Rio, director Carlos Saldanha, producers Bruce Anderson, John C. Donkin
182. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director Tomas Alfredson & screenwriter Peter Straughan (NY, Nov 2011)
183. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director Tomas Alfredson & screenwriter Peter Straughan (LA, Dec 2011)
184. Drive, actor Albert Brooks
185. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, screenwriters Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney
186. WETA’s Joe Letteri, Rise of the Planet of the Apes/Tintin
187. I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat Director Matthew O’Callaghan, Voice Talent (and living legend) June Foray, and Exec Producer Sam Register
188. La Luna, writer/director Enrico Casarosa
189. A Separation, writer/director Asghar Farhadi
190. National Association of Theater Owners, president John Fithian
191. My Week With Marilyn, actor Kenneth Branagh
192. Margin Call writer/director JC Chandor
193. Moneyball, cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Christopher Tellefsen, sound editor Deb Adair, and director Bennett Miller
194. J Edgar, actor Armie Hammer
195. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, actor Max von Sydow
196. Tyrannosaur, actor Olivia Colman
197. In Darkness, director Agnieszka Holland
198. My Week With Marilyn, director Simon Curtis
199. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, editor Dino Jonsatet
200. Jonathan Demme, 2011
201. Pina, director Wim Wenders (Los Angeles, Dec 2011)

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

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My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
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~ David Simon