The New York Post‘s Reed Tucker gets a few words in with our favorite Uwe Boll, and hears about his plans to come out with what we hope is a neo-realist saga:
If it’s respect you want, why not make a prestige drama?
plan that. I have a movie about an old guy who fell through the social
net. I’ve developed it for a long time, and I have Donald Sutherland
interested. I’m trying to finance it for 2009, but I have to get
pre-sales, and my buyers, they like my action movies. They say, "What
happens in this big social drama? No shoot-up?" But I want to do it.
Documentarian and blogger AJ Schnack, an outspoken critic of the Academy’s often bewildering system of selecting nonfiction films to laud, has brought together a group of festival programmers and a sponsor, IndiePix, and launched a new nonfiction awards event â€” the Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. They’ll be announcing the nominees at Sundance, but meanwhile have unveiled a 15 film short list here, while at his blog Schnack writes that:
Three months ago, I could not have imagined that we’d be here, launching this endeavor. I hope that, when we gather together in New York City in March, these awards will be the beginning of an annual event that has real meaning within our community, a time when we honor one another and everyone who plays a role in the artistry of nonfiction filmmaking. For at least this one night, we will turn to one another not as journalists, not as agents of social justice, but as filmmakers, artists and craftspeople.
Elizabeth Day at the Observer asks the annual question: Has Sundance lost its soul? It’s not difficult to argue yes, yet somehow this article is notably hard to sympathize with, with its complaints about how the filmmakers are given free ski suits, and its quotes from Peter Biskind about how you have to take buses everywhere, and how the parties are so hard to get into.
And Dennis Lim at the New York Times has a great piece on the sound design and minimal score (which adds up to only 16 minutes, including the final credits) of "No Country For Old Men."
+ ‘THE WORLD’S WORST DIRECTOR’ (NY Post)
+ A NEW NONFICTION FILMMAKING AWARD TO BE LAUNCHED (IndiePix)
+ The Birth of a New Award for Nonfiction (All These Wonderful Things)
+ Has Sundance lost its soul? (Observer)
+ Exploiting Sound, Exploring Silence (NY Times)