Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ABC TV, Wife Swap, The Searchers, John Ford and more!

March 31, 2009

I am still on the road (6 weeks). The last few weeks have been great! A lot of new places on the tour (Thanks to Bill Dever, The Indy Film Co-op, The Strand Theater, and Nova Cinemas), a lot of new faces, and a lot of old friends. Moses and I have 3 more weeks before we head home. I just hope the weather holds for us.

You’re not going to believe this… I just got this in my email.


The premise of Wife Swap is that one parent from each household swaps places for a week to experience how another family lives. It is an incredible family experience and opportunity to both learn and teach different family values.

Wife Swap is a fascinating story of what happens when two couples see themselves and their partners in a whole new light. The New York Post says, "It should be called 'Life Swap' because it's not just the wives who learn something here. It's the families."

Potential families can live anywhere in the United States, but we ask that families applying for the show consist of two parents and have at least one child, age 7 or older, living at home. Specifically, I'm looking for families of independent film makers! If you, along with your family, are hustling in the independent film scene, then I want to talk to you!

I think I’ll pass on this. Isn’t the life of an independent filmmaker tough enough? I saw an episode of this show once and thought it was so horribly contrived I would be embarrassed to make something like this, let alone be on it.

I have a great idea; let’s do a show called Producer Swap. Let these rich, spoiled TV Producers switch places with a Real Independent Filmmaker and see how they fare in our world! We wouldn’t have to contrive anything. But you know what? I know what their lives are like, and I wouldn’t trade places with them for anything.

On to other things…

I just had a chance to see The Searchers (John Ford) on the big screen last week at the newly renovated Strand Theater in Shelbyville, IN. (Great job on the renovations guys!). I had forgotten how good that movie is. Bill (Dever) told me that as I was watching it I tuned everything else out. (Sorry about eating all the popcorn…)

Too many filmmakers and film students don’t take the time to watch movies made before 1980 and that is a shame. There is so much in The Searchers and so many of the classic films. Why aren’t people interested in past cinema? Too many filmmakers get in to the business to make money and be “successful”, not enough people get in to film to make films that actually mean something.

Bill and I were discussing westerns on the drive home, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Sergio Leone and many other directors who did westerns (but not just westerns). We talked about the changing image of the western from the 1950’s in to the 1960’s and 70’s. The rich traditions the early directors maintained in the beginning and how that changed later. Even John Ford’s westerns changed as he got older. John Wayne is psychotic in his obsession to find “Debbie” and once he finds her he wants to kill her because she is “no longer white”. It is an amazing performance by John Wayne as an outsider, a man who will never be allowed to come in to civilized society.

The westerns that were made in the 60’s and 70’s were truly revisionist. Check out films like, The Left Handed Gun, The Wild Bunch, The Searchers, Once Upon A Time In The West, McCabe and Mrs. Miller and others. These are amazing films, whether you like them or not.

Learn film history, learn the rules of filmmaking, then you can break them. Remember, many of the filmmakers who made the classic films didn’t sit around watching other people’s movies. They lived life and put their imprint on their work. It sure would be nice if the new generation of filmmakers would realize that there is a lot to learn from the classic films, and filmmaking is so much more than making money and being famous. I wish some of these people would get off their butts and live life. Then make movies. Give me a reason to go back in to a theater again. Show me something that has thought behind it. Take a chance and try to say something with your movie.

It’s all about the work!

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

On to other stuff.

If you want Moses and I to come to your college, university, media art center, high school, theater or even to your house for dinner send me a note, angryfilminfo@aol.com.

There is a rumor that my work books should be ready for downloading soon.

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If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

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Talk later.




Blogger Bravado Erin said...

We were laughing about this very thing the last time we had coffee!

I forgot another Art Institute story. Two of my fellow students were talking about The Manchurian Candidate (the remake) and asked me if I had seen it. I said that I had only seen the original, not the remake. They both looked at me blankly, neither of them knew it was a remake.

This makes me cry.

10:03 PM  

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