January 15th, 2019
Shorts used to be this artsy thing. But now there really is this explosion in filmmaking. With all this new technology, shorts films have a lot more interest among regular people, because so many people are making them and putting them on the web. Suddenly, we’re not explaining short films to people. Everybody’s seen one. – IndieWire
Back in the 1980s, HBO and Cinemax would play short films between their features. HBO referred to theirs collectively as “Short Takes.” I don’t recall what (if anything) Cinemax called theirs, but for a while, it seemed cable TV was poised to deliver a short-film renaissance.
It didn’t happen. Not then. But now – with an ever-increasing number of festivals and websites delivering quality shorts, the only challenge is finding the time to seek out the best. To that end, I have a few recommendations — some playing at festivals … [more at the 21st-Century Scop].
December 28th, 2018
Earlier this month, I got the chance to chat with the multi-talented Laura Powers about film festivals, Nightmare Cinema, and the philosophical approach to writing that I like to think of as “the long game.”
You can listen in on that conversation by clicking the player above. If you like what you hear, there’s plenty … [more at The 21st-Century Scop].
December 6th, 2018
“What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?”
— Alfred Hitchcock
I’m back home after the US premiere of Nightmare Cinema, reflecting on the highpoints of the trip and ready to consign the rest (long security lines, delayed flights, rush-hour connection in the city that never sleeps) to memory’s cutting-room floor. If life is the shoot, then memories are the movie … and tonight it’s all about the final cut.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREET – NIGHT. Producer Mick Garris and Artistic Designer Lauran Fitzsimmons walk toward Cineopolis — site of the New York City Horror Film Festival, and the US Premiere of Nightmare Cinema. They’re accompanied by Laura Power, host of Behind the Scenes, a podcast that … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].
November 29th, 2018
It’s the summer of 1977. I’m crashing at my brother Mark’s apartment at Hotel Chelsea, dreaming of following in the footsteps of other writers who used that iconic landmark as their home base in New York City. It’s the place where Arthur C. Clark worked on 2001: a Space Odyssey, where Alan Ginsburg revolutionized American poetry, and where Dylan Thomas drew his final breath. It’s also where Nancy Spungen (girlfriend of Sid Vicious) was found stabbed to death. But that was a little later. For me, in the summer of 1977, it was … [read more at the 21st-Century Scop].