99. FADE TO BLACK

The Black & Blue Orkestre has carved out another track. This one is called “Fade To Black.” It’s a kind of bluezy emo surf rocker written and sung by DiCillo. Additional vocals and bass by Grog and guitars by Will Crewdson. We’re inching toward getting enough original stuff for a CD. Let us know what […]

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98. Black & White & Red All Over

I love this time of year. There’s a sharp thrill in the air. The holidays are here and people are full of anticipation and excitement. Everyone’s putting their lists together. Not Christmas lists; I mean their 10 Best Lists. Yes, this is the time of year when people help us figure out which were the best […]

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97. LYNCHIAN

Here’s a paragraph I came across today. The words are David Lynch’s. They had a lot of resonance for me so I thought I’d share them. “Negativity is the enemy to creativity. So, if you want more ideas flowing then find happiness in the doing–happiness in the doing. I love, literally LOVE building a thing that ultimately […]

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96. RING OF FIRE

I feel a little guilty. I’m not writing about anything that has to do with film–especially not about anything regarding progress on one of my own. There is progress but it would only be of interest to those who get excited by watching snails race up a long, dry sidewalk. I can say this though. I did […]

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94. MICHAEL JACKSON’S NOSE

Flew to Munich for a Retrospective of my films at the end of June. As we left this tragic Tale of our Time was entrancing America:   I was not sorry to leave that world behind for a few days. The festival put us up at the Bayerischer Hof, an elegant old-world hotel that Keith Richards […]

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95. A GIRL LIKE YOU

The Black & Blue Orkestre has been at it again. We just did a cover of the Trogg’s “With A Girl Like You.” It’s the usual suspects;  Grog on bass and additional vocals; Will Crewdson on rhythm and lead guitar and DiCillo on vocals, arrangement and rhythm guitar. The idea was to kind of dust it […]

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93. DOWN TIME

A few weeks ago a documentary called Freedom Riders aired on PBS. It’s a strong piece about a milestone event in the American civil rights struggle and I recommend it highly. I was struck by a song in it called, “I’m On My Way”, by Barbara Dane. Her voice is amazing; very rich and strong, and […]

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92. IN(re)TROSPECTIVE

The Munich Film Festival’s retrospective of my films is moving forward. I’m heading over at the end of June. They’re going to show all 7 films which is pretty amazing to me. Not that they’re going to show them, but that I actually made them. They’re starting with Johnny Suede which has never screened in […]

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91. THE REALER BLONDE

Alright Wayne, you axed for it. Well, actually you didn’t but here you go anyway. The financier of The Real Blonde told me at the beginning of production he felt it was time for me to make a “bigger film,” one that would play in Middle America. His first demand was that I not cast […]

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90. NECTAR

  Well, the actual Grammy arrived yesterday. I’m glad it did. It has a great weight to it. And I like the shape; it’s like a big, shiny, metal flower. I’d been waiting for it as a motivation to put up a fresh post. I hear you, Elaine–I have been remiss. I do miss the exchanges […]

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89. GRAMMY

Well, blow me down. When You’re Strange just won the Grammy. I’m celebrating right now. I urge everyone else to do the same. Alright, I’m back from celebrating and doing what I should have done 3 hours ago; acknowledging the people who worked so intensely with me on this film. And I mean worked. The other […]

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88. OBLIVION REDUX

A few weeks ago Wayne, a frequent commentor and friend of this blog, sent me an email. Some of you may recall that Wayne made a huge career change a few months ago when he went insane and quit his day job to start film school in Ireland. His email was about making his first film […]

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86. GRAMMY NOMINATION

I woke up this morning to discover When You’re Strange has been nominated for a Grammy. The category is long form video (dvd) which is fine even though the film was conceived as a film, made as a film and released as a film. But it is a great honor to receive this nomination from […]

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84. 4 SHOTS

It’s crazy; no sooner do I finish When You’re Strange, finding myself adrift yet again in a vast sea of nextfilm limbo, then my old friend Jimmy decides to reappear. You may recall our last encounter several months ago just before he headed west to direct the next Batman film. As jealous as I was then of […]

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85. SLIDE ON

The Black & Blue Orkestre has completed a new track, called Slide On. It’s kind of a funk, gospel rocker that started as a semi-instrumental. Our bass player Grog suggested I write some real lyrics and it ends up she was right. I played some guitar on this one; Will played a lot more. I […]

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83. BACK ALLEY

When John Densmore and I were in Paris a few months ago we met Alexandre Isard, a French photographer who was shooting stills for a magazine article about the release of When You’re Strange. Alexandre dragged us into some Parisian back alley and left us to fend for ourselves. As proof we survived he sent me these […]

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82. G A S P

I don’t usually get involved with political groups but when founder and co-mama Ursula Forage contacted me asking for a pledge I complied without hesitation. Ursula said her members, which now only number around 1000 in the entire continental USA, felt uncomfortable having Palin appropriate their image and identity for her ultra-Right vision of America. […]

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79. EMMY NOMINATION

Well, I got a crazy email this morning from one of the producers informing me When You’re Strange has been nominated for an Emmy. Whacked but Fact; this is indeed true. It seems the episode of American Masters on PBS in which When You’re Strange screened was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Non-Fiction Series. […]

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