Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: the south of France, a bus in the Bronx, and heavy competition for Jobs.
A page from Doucet’s 1999 ‘My New York Diary’
In 1999, graphic artist extraordinaire (with quite possibly the coolest website intro page ever), Julie Doucet, published My New York Diary, the illustrated story of her spontaneous move from Canada to New York City. Like all of her work, it’s candid, funny and completely engrossing, and it earned her a devoted fan base that includes director Michel Gondry. But just being a fan wasn’t enough for Gondry, who recently collaborated with Doucet on My New New York Story: A Film Book. What was originally supposed to be a short film directed by Gondry and starring Doucet and her drawings – which would be animated later by Gondry to make the setting – turned into a book/DVD companion piece about the process of making the film itself.
If you’ve seen A THORN IN THE HEART, the latest from director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND), congratulations: you are part of the 50% of audiences that made it to the end of the end. 50% is only an estimate, of course; I can only speak from my own experience on a Friday night at IFC, the only theatre it’s playing at in NY, and for good reason too. The 50% that walked out midway didn’t leave because they were offended or because the film went over their heads, they were just bored.
Mia Doi Todd “Open Your Heart” dir. Michel Gondry from Viewers Like You on Vimeo. Michel Gondry recently directed this neat music video for LA musician Mia Doi Todd’s soulful “Open Your Heart” that features some massively color-coordinated people. It could practically be a commercial for Pantone.
Filmmaker Michel Gondry is back at Sundance with his latest romp BE KIND, REWIND [www.bekindmovie.com]. In it, a video store dude (Jack Black), who, after he accidentally erases the store’s merchandise, decides to remake all the lost films on video. Gondry, who has taken his DIY aesthetic to sublime places, is endorsing others video imagination this week. While at Sundance, he will be curating YouTube [www.youtube.com] videos all week.
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.
Films screening in Premieres are…