ComingSoon has a trailer up for "Heights," an SPC release set for June 10th, and not, unfortunately, a film version of the short-lived 1992 TV series with Jamie Walters but instead one of those group of New Yorkers whose lives are all connected in ways not immediately clear affairs. Via the Hollywood Reporter, Steven Soderbergh has signed a possibly revolutionary deal with 2929 Entertainment to direct (or produce? it’s unclear) six low-budget digital films to be released simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and on TV. At Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, Filmbrain has a must-read post delving into the more distressing details of the new Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, which among other things:
clears the way for companies that distribute self-edited versions of films (or technology that performs the same function) by making them exempt from trademark infringement.
It’s an interesting juxtaposition with Stephen Holden’s New York Times piece from a few days ago, in which he talks about the general disinterest being presented to the smashing of the "last great film taboo"; that is to say, unsimulated sex on film without pornographic intent; that is to say, Michael Winterbottom‘s "9 Songs." Interesting in that art-house films, for lack of a better umbrella terms, have been rushing headlong at all things shocking, and, often, at all things unpleasant, and few seem to care (probably because these films are hardly showing up at the average multiplex) – it’s the ability to have your cake and eat it too, to show your kids Scorsese, with the ugliness and naughty bits excised (though what’s the point?) that’s where the real battleground will be.