Well, here’s another photo I took today. It’s why I love New York.
I took this photo today as I was walking home on the upper west side of NYC. Crazzzcy times…
It’s funny how this track by the Trygger Twins keeps coming to mind lately…
DOWN IN SHADOWLAND
TO SCREEN TWICE
My new film, Down In Shadowland, will screen twice in NYC this month. First will be at The Anthology Film Archives on Nov. 10 at 8pm as part of a retrospective of my films.
“Made over the course of seven years, DOWN IN SHADOWLAND is an impressionistic, haunting portrait of the NYC subway system. Filmed secretly, in the tradition of Walker Evans’s renowned Subway Portraits, SHADOWLAND is at once a vérité portrait of the world beneath New Yorkers’ feet, and an evocative, carefully structured, almost musical filmic composition. Taking the subway as a microcosm of the world at large, it combines the private and the public, the personal and the political.”
The film will screen again on Nov. 14 at The Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem. I’m especially thrilled to have the film screen at the Center. It was founded by Albert Maysles, who with his brother David directed such powerful and evocative documentaries as Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter and Meet Marlon Brando. Ticket information and directions HERE.
I’ve been working on the film continuously since it screened at the Woodstock Film Festival a year ago. It was just presented at the Vermont International Film Festival as a Special Filmmaker’s Screening.
“If the whole of humanity were marched before our eyes, it might resemble DOWN IN SHADOWLAND, a descent into the subterranean universe of the iconic NYC subway. Told in eight parts, each probing ever more deeply into the human psyche, SHADOWLAND is a profound meditation on the human condition. Bold, masterful and entirely unpredictable with a soundtrack that propels us forward with the velocity of the train itself, SHADOWLAND is a remarkable film that leaves no doubt we are in the hands of a master.” –Barbara Pokras, ACE
I will be doing a Q&A at both screenings.
The famed Anthology Film Archives in NYC is having a retrospective of some of my films. They’ll be showing 35mm prints of Living In Oblivion and Delirious. Steve Buscemi will be joining me at both screenings, plus some other members of the casts.
I’m equally excited that Anthology will be premiering my new film Down In Shadowland.
My great thanks to Jed Rapfogel at the Anthology for pulling this all together.
3 BY TOM DICILLO
November 10 – November 11
FILMMAKER IN PERSON FOR ALL SHOWS! STEVE BUSCEMI IN PERSON ON WED, NOV 11!
Tom DiCillo is a key figure in the wave of bold and vividly inventive independent narrative filmmaking that reinvigorated film culture in the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s. After training as a director at NYU’s Graduate Film School, he made his mark with the 1991 feature film, JOHNNY SUEDE, and went on to direct five more feature films (as well as the Doors documentary WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE), all of which have established him as a keen and deadpan funny chronicler of American culture (whether that of music, filmmaking, celebrity, or of society at large), as well as a peerless director of actors. His films mix genres and tones in elegant and innovative ways and are studded with performances by a who’s-who of gifted performers such as Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Kevin Corrigan, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and Denis Leary.
Despite all this, DiCillo hasn’t found it any easier to get his projects funded over the past decade. Taking matters into his own hands, he has returned to a more self-reliant, handmade mode of filmmaking for his latest work. Made over the course of seven years, DOWN IN SHADOWLAND is an impressionistic, haunting portrait of the NYC subway system. Filmed secretly, in the tradition of Walker Evans’s renowned Subway Portraits, SHADOWLAND is at once a vérité portrait of the world beneath New Yorkers’ feet, and an evocative, carefully structured, almost musical filmic composition. Taking the subway as a microcosm of the world at large, it combines the private and the public, the personal and the political.
Anthology is thrilled to host Tom DiCillo for screenings of DOWN IN SHADOWLAND as well as two of his finest fiction features, LIVING IN OBLIVION and DELIRIOUS.
Special thanks to Tom DiCillo; Richard Abramowitz (Abramorama); David Spencer & Matt Jones (University of North Carolina School of the Arts); and Alexandre Mallet-Guy & Rémi Dupéroux (Memento Films).
- DOWN IN SHADOWLAND
November 10 at 8:00 PM
- LIVING IN OBLIVION – Tom DiCillo & Steve Buscemi in person!
November 11 at 6:45 PM
- DELIRIOUS – Tom DiCillo & Steve Buscemi in person!
November 11 at 9:15 PM
The bonus features for Shout! Factory’s “Living in Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition” have just been announced! The Blu-ray edition includes:
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Tom DiCillo.
–In Our Own Oblivion: The Miracle of Making a Film; a 45 minute featurette with brand-new interviews with writer/director Tom DiCillo, producer Marcus Viscidi and cast members Steve Buscemi, James Le Gros, Danielle Von Zerneck, and Peter Dinklage.
–On stage Q&A with Tom DiCillo and Steve Buscemi as they discuss working together on the film.
–One Deleted scene. Almost every frame of what we shot ended up in the film. This is the one scene that I loved but couldn’t find a place for.
–The Blu-ray edition also comes with a DVD free of charge.
I’m really excited to announce the 20th Anniversary special release of LIVING IN OBLIVION on Blu-ray and DVD.
The film has been completely remastered digitally under my supervision. It looks amazing. This new release by Shout Factory has added bonus features, including interviews with cast members Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage, James Legros and others.
Pre-orders can be made HERE.
“The Black and Blue Orkestre are pleased to announce their new single, GIRL IN A MILLION. The track is the latest from core Black and Blue members Tom DiCillo and Grog Rox. Written by DiCillo the song is an edgy, groove driven, noir ballad that has Grog sharing the lead vocals.
Guest guitarist Wayne Byrne provides the aching, moody twang.
Bass and vocals by Grog. Guitar, drums, vocals and arranging by DiCillo.”
Wayne Byrne is an Irish writer, musician and esteemed film scholar. He contacted me several years ago with the suspicious intent of writing a book about me. Five years later Wayne has completed the first book on me and my films; INCLUDE ME OUT, The Films of Tom DiCillo.
The book covers all my films from Johnny Suede to When You’re Strange and is comprised of in-depth essays on each film by Wayne as well as a series of equally probing Conversations between the two of us.
Wayne is currently submitting the book to publishers. Listen to his guitar playing while they make up their minds.
My step-cousin on my mother’s side, Boone Welles is a young, aspiring filmmaker. She’s just directed her first music video for a new group called The Trygger Twins. She asked me to share it on this most American of American holidays.
The views expressed in the video may or may not reflect my own but as all 38 Republican candidates for Prez proclaim this is still a free country and I respect Boone and The Trygger Twins for coming out on a hot-button issue that is red, white and blue all over.
Plus, here’s a cool article on The Trygger Twins that gives Boone a nice mention.
I recently found these photos. They’re going in a book Wayne Byrne has just completed called Include Me Out, The Films of Tom DiCillo.
The book will have many more photos but something about these three struck me and I thought I’d share them now.