We Have Lost A Good Friend

RIP George Gund

Your love of cinema & life, your generosity & great spirit were truly infectious. @SF_FilmSociety has lost a great friend.

I did not know George well, but I had had some good times with him, and very much enjoyed encountering him at festivals throughout the world.  When he and his wife Iara Lee brought us and other filmmakers down to Brazil to lecture on Low Budget Indie -- it was the first time I really felt people got what I wanted to do and cared.  That was George.  It was such a gift.  

Every where George went he communicated his love of cinema.  And all that was before I knew all that he had done for the SFFS.  I would not have had the SFFS organization to come to if it was not for him. It was what he built that gave me the hope that this was the base by which I could help indie film reach higher.

I am at Sundance now for the Art House Convergence -- and as this news leaks out to others, the outpourings of love and respect are huge.  We ALL were all lucky to have George and his profound generosity as part of us.  We will be sure to reflect his spirit going forward at SFFS and not let any of that be forgotten.  He will continue to inspire me and our whole community.  Thank you for George, thank you for sharing him with us, and keeping his love of cinema so strong.


Please consider contributing in George's memory to one of the legacy's that George helped build.  You can do so here.

What Are Great Short Films? Well, These Are Some.

This is my Pinterest Board of Short Films I like.

What have I neglected? What would you like to suggest we all watch? What do you think is the best short films of all time?

I have other shorts to recommend too.  Check them out here.

I have always wanted to be a judge at Sundance for short films.  I have loved being on the jury for Vimeo, Disposable Film Festival, and Tropfest NYC.  

"Whatcha Say?"

Dorothy Dandridge is one of the greatest stars that ever lived. I defy anyone to try to watch her and not be fully drawn in and seduced by her charm, wit, and beauty. If it wasn't for racist tendencies she'd be as well known as Marilyn. Maybe history will catch up to reality and tackle that injustice eventually; but... Last month I posted a Dandridge clip, and with great pleasure offer up another tidbit today.

"Cinema Is The Ultimate Pervert Art"

'Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire' - Slavoj Zizek

I want a third pill! A pill that would enable that would enable me to perceive the reality within illusion itself!

Buy the DVD here.  You deserve it.

The History Of Punk Rock On The LES

Ever since I accidentally stumbled in to a show and found Jeffrey Lewis performing, I have found him one of the most inspiring, delightful, & Must Listen artists of any sort.  Music, comics, and history.  I have posted him many times before.

Today, give your self a history listen, of the music form that made me want to get camera.

Jeffrey Lewis' History Of Punk Rock On The LES

Thanks to WFMU for hosting & Open Culture for the tip.

This Scene Is An Entire Movie (And Music Video)

You know how when you are too close to something you can't even see it?  Sometimes I find myself in a movie and I miss the true glory of a particular scene.  Taken out of context, some work shines even brighter.

I love this scene.

To me it is "Desire".  I watch it and I hear Bob Dylan's album and the whole Rolling Thunder tour (or at least the recordings of it that I have heard).  I love the longing, the inexplicability, the recognition, the silliness and the passion.  And the song is great too.

"Stanley Kubrick Enters The Ring"

My former assistant on Adventureland, Jon Dieringer, co-directed this video essay. He also is an independent curator and the editor and publisher of Screen Slate, a fantastic daily online resource for listings and commentary of New York City repertory film and independent media.

Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/11/01/from-photography-to-film-stanley-kubrick-enters-the-ring/#ixzz2AyxmIHeo

Watch A Great Movie Made By My Grand-In-Laws (For Free!)

Scarlet Street: produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Fritz Lang, starring Joan Bennett, Edward G. Robinson.

Evidently the link was taken down for copyright reasons.  I was told Walter never made a penny on this one as he had to sell off the rights to pay some bills.  I was hoping everyone could then see it, but...