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 with everyone; and god knows there are so many things to write about.
Osama dead in Pakistan, Obama born in America and Donald Trump clearly from Moronica. I feel it only fair that Trump now explains without reservation why he persists in wearing a dead cat on his head.
For me things are up in the air right now. So much seems so nebulous; which is probably why I've avoided trespassing here; it means having to face and acknowledge the actual state of things.
I'm going to Germany at the end of June. The Munich Film Festival is having a retrospective of all my films, from Johnny Suede to When You're Strange. I'm excited by this, and incredibly honored, but a part of me flinches at the reminder of how many years have passed since I made Delirious.
There is progress on raising financing for the three feature scripts I've written. It comes in fractions of inches, but it comes. Someone asked me recently how I keep going. The question unsettled me. I couldn't answer right away. Part of me was wondering if the question inferred another question, "Why do you keep going?"
I finally responded that I've had some thrilling successes and some crushing disappointments but since none of the setbacks have rendered me physically incapacitated I really have no excuse to keep me from picking up the phone and starting another round of calls.
But, for the first time I also answered that deep within my being I believe I have a vision that is unique; at least one that is absolutely particular to me. And I feel an unexplainable obligation to nurture, sustain and support that crazy thang.
As usial, thanks for the stimulation and whetting my artistic curiosity. No, I have not considered a film on Bobby Sands. I’m trying to get these 3 scripts of my own off the ground right now but, I will check out those links.
hope all is well,
I’m distressed to hear you’re not writing film criticism right now. Voices like yours are so rare, and so necessary.
I’m glad you’re still in school though. Have you made any more films?
“Happy, healthy and horny for storytelling.” I like that. It’s true; there is a necessary ingredient for the artistic effort that is very reliant upon the libido.
Sam Fuller said about screenwriting, “If your first scene doesn’t give you a hardon, throw it out.”
Thanks so much for your encouragement. I appreciate it. But, somehow the post seems to have been interpreted with a despair I did not intend. I thought it was actually kind of positive the way it ended. And it is the truth. That is a new awareness for me, and for what it’s worth I do believe it.
Will Crewdson is stranded out in LA but I think he’s digging it. I’ve got another Black & Blue song ready for him to embellish as soon as he stumbles home.
My best to you.
I’ve missed you too. You know, they never tell you that keeping up these blogs is a lot of work!
I think maybe a few people got the wrong idea from the post. I’m not in a funk, nor am I despairing. I’m just calling it like it is. I will continue to make films By Any Means Necessary.
In fact, I’m driving my team (and myself) a little crazy by trying to move all three scripts forward simultaneously. The good news is that there is interest in all three.
That is an amazing anecdote about the people and the GPS. You should definitely put that in your latest opus.
But, seriously, thanks so much for your unending support. It means a lot and I most sincerely send the exact same wish and sentiment back to you.
It’s not that I doubt my talents (more my sanity). I’m just looking at the years behind and the years ahead and trying to get a sense of where I’m headed.
Thanks very much for your kind words. Your advice is sound and I appreciate it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving in, or giving up. Just expressing some thoughts about exactly where I’m at right now.
Truth is a useful, if sobering tonic.