Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2011


A very likable film that likely will never be shown outside of film festivals. Information on screenings here.

Teasing Frank V. Ross’ TIGER TAIL IN BLUE (2012)

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Casey Neistat Occupies NewYorkNewYork (3’32”)

A furious edit of events at Zuccotti Park. “My office isn’t far from Zuccotti Park and when I heard it was being cleared I went down with my camera. I ended up filming for 18 hours until the Park was reopened at 6pm on November 15, 2011. The police presence was overwhelming, more than I’ve ever – more than during the blackout, more than the days after September 11.” The last shot is clumsy and comical and terrifying and even perfect, sort of as if Neil Armstrong’s one-small-step-for-mankind on the surface of the moon had flung the American flag out into deepest space. Bye, flag.

Godard and the universe in that cup of coffee

Timely? Timeless? #OccupyAmericano!

Cross America In Five Minutes

[Brian DeFrees.]

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT: director Jon Shenk & Michael Moore Q&A

[Via DOC NYC.]

Filmmaker Martha Colburn Occupies Herself

At The End Of Being, a few examples of short films Martha Colburn has made at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Amsterdam and elsewhere. [Image from the link.]

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Haskell Wexler’s First “Occupy L.A.” Video

“Haircut, With Miranda July And Nikki Providence” (43:54)

Without footnotes, I have to say this single take is insanely swell for myriad reasons.


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Bresson sez…

Vid: “GangBabyGaga Perform Tribute To Steve Jobs:

Hm. [Via Wired.]

Brian Carroll’s Sweeping Montage, “Keep On Walking”

Figures hurtle through space… [Via David Hudson, via Thomas Groh.]

Vid: Modeselektor’s “Shipwreck”

What’s a boy to do? Featuring Mr. Thom Yorke.

“How Steve Jobs Stole The GUI From Xerox”

A glimpse from the same interview that will be released as the 70-minute Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.


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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.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

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.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon