Monday, January 21, 2008
The New Year has started out great. Kris and me are going through escrow for our first house.
Dave Markey and Kevin Church will be leaving this week for the Rotterdam Film Festival. The documentary I cut for Dave got into the festival. I’m staying back to finish my new short film and get it done in time for Los Angeles Film Fest.
And on top of that I’m writing a new project.
So things have been a bit on the busy side.
Last night Kris and me went to LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
And saw the documentary LYNCH. A film about filmmaker David Lynch.
I thought it was for the most part a fairly good documentary.
The film says its directed by BlackANDwhite with is a pseudonym for David Lynch.
He wanted to shroud the fact that he made a film about himself.
Not really sure how I feel about a filmmaker doing a film about himself. It feels very protective. Very controlled where what I was searching for was something not controlled.
The film concentrated more on his eccentricities than his filmmaking process.
The film is bound with witty and funny stories he tells about his youth. We do get see moments when he’s directing “Inland Empire.” Of course he also speaks about his meditation that he’s been doing for 34 years. But still I didn’t feel this film was telling me anything that I didn't really know about him already.
Don’t get me wrong it was fun to watch but I guess I was searching for more.
I wanted to dig deeper and get to know more about the man, his life his process.
"In Hollywood, more often than not, they're making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what's so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can't, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say 'Did you understand that?' but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that's magical and that's the power that film has."
"Film can do amazing things with abstraction, but it rarely gets a chance. People are treated like idiots, and people are not idiots. We're hip to the human condition, the human experience, and we love mysteries."
"I keep hoping people will like abstractions, space to dream, consider things that don't necessarily add up."