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 the song has a real power that persists to this day.
Halfway between departing for Munich and running the slow-motion oatmeal gauntlet of trying to get financing for my three new scripts, I was unexpectedly inspired to do a re-mix of the song. I wanted a friend of mine to hear it and tried to post it on YouTube only to discover you need images with the audio in order to post.
So, I put this little video together. The footage is stuff I've shot over the years with a compact digital video camera someone slipped into my coat pocket after an interview at Sundance in 2006.
I don't know, maybe it's just my frame of mind these days but setting out and actually making something is incredibly satisfying. Especially when it doesn't entail begging for money or writing a letter to the star of the most recent ComicBookActionHero film because getting him to say yes might greenlantern your film.
I know I'm an idiot for even thinking that making a "real" film could be a fraction as enjoyable as this but here it is, my first home music video.
Surfing the Web and found these from Munich. Great interviews. I particularly like the part in the first one where you talk about humor is more creative than anger. Good stuff, Tom, or should we call you grasshopper?
loved the video, I love playing with music and image and thinking to do more of that after seeing your stuff 🙂 anyways, I’m writing to give you the links to our website (unfortunatelly the reports we have from Munich Filmfest are still in Polish, but hopefully when Karlovy Vary festival finishes well have time to translate them, and put in the full interview we have with you, for now it’s just simply daily reports from the festival… thought you might want to see it anyways 🙂
In this one we menion your presence at the festival at the end:
(01:43… – translation: Along many others, the fans of ‘cult’ Tom DiCillo’s films could see Johnny Suede – his first creation, and after the screening share their thoughts with the director himself.
And here is a bit of the interview with you:
(oo:50… – translation: throughout the day one could meet filmmakers, and especially for Off Plus Camera, Tom DiCillo shared his thoughts on independent film making)
Hope you like it,
I will let you know when the whole of the interview is posted on the website,
Best wishes for you and your wife 🙂
I love the shootage in the subway, the clapping hands, the roads and the trees…
And now for something completely different, as the Monty Python say…
This morning on French T.V Canal Plus aired “When you’re strange”.
More French people will have dicovered your film.
Great to hear from you. Glad you liked the little piece. As usual, I appreciate your assessments of my attempts but cannot in good faith apply them to myself. At least not in public.
Good to hear from you. Man, did I discover how tricky it is to point a camera at people on this one. As you noted, I got many different reactions. A lot of supspicion. One guy, who I wasn’t even filming, started yelling at me and pursuing me down the street. But, I was pleased with some of the stuff where people were unaware of the camera. People can so easily slip away into their own private world’s even when surrounded by hundreds of others.
I’m glad you liked it. It’s funny, I did the remix of the song and it wasn’t until trying to email it to a friend that I even thought of putting images to it. It made me go into my closet and dig out the footage I shot over the years. Then when a basic concept fell in I went out and shot some new subway stuff–and the clapping hands.
I saws The Trip last night, with Steve Coogan. You’ve got to check it out. Smart, witty and hilarious.