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The Sunset Limited

Tagged a "Novel in dramatic form" this stage play is a treasured work of pleasure and pain. I read it twice last week. For me, when reading it the first time, I just couldn't put it down. Not because it's a mystery, melodramatic or particularly plot driven but because each and every word is so masterful it's like eating dessert. You just have to keep stuffing your face no matter how full you are. Hence the second reading. This time to savor it. It's just too good. How does this man have such immense insight into humanity? Below is a quote that I'm just going to pick at random because honestly you can open the book at any page and find the "best" piece of dialogue.

WHITE: Now I know you're being facetious.

BLACK: This time I think you're right. I think you have finally drove me to it.

WHITE: Mm hm.

BLACK: Well, the professor's done gone to laying the mm hm's on me. I better watch my step.

WHITE: Yes you had. I might be warming up the trick bag.

BLACK: But still you think that your reasons is about the world and his is mostly just about him.

WHITE: I think that's probably true.

BLACK: I see a different truth. Settin right across the table from me.

WHITE: Which is?

BLACK: That you must love your brother or die.
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I got a grant from Rooftop Films!

The kind souls at Rooftop Films have seen fit to award my next short film Knife with a grant. I think it might be in bad form to mention amounts but I'll say it's very gracious and will send me well on my way to getting the film off the ground and into production. To be perfectly honest the vote of confidence, the elation of being chosen for something is as big a boost as the first money.

Here's what Knife is about:
A searing, slow-burning portrait of vengeance, Knife is a transgressive look at a Southern Gothic staple told entirely in silence. Set in rural Texas the story chronicles an unnamed man with a broken spirit. In the beginning we see him returning to his family. Where he's been is unknown. Wherever it was - prison, maybe war - the years have not been kind to him. In spite of his family's warm welcome the man can't shake an anger that builds in him so he must leave them again. This time to return to the land that was once theirs, a land that had been in the family for generations, a land that has been stolen, plundered, and sewn with seeds of greed. There's a force at work, a corruption that destroys homes, nature, families, and memories. The Man decides to lay his stakes down and pits himself against it all. He is on a ruinous mission to sate the hatred in his heart with the knife he carries in his hand.
Congratulations to Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Moon Molson, and Dustin Guy Defa who all won grants for their short films too.

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Stuff I like this week - 09921

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

I watched it three times last week. It's a goddamn modern masterpiece.

I saw Frank Mosley's new film recently and thought it was really great.

I saw Stingray Sam out on the fest circuit. It's this really awesome space western serial. You can watch the first episode for free at their site.

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Good lord that's amazing!

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On 'Revolutionary Road'

"From now on, whatever else his life might hold, there would be no more apologies."
I finished reading "Revolutionary Road" while on the plane back from NYC. What an astounding, charged piece of work it is! While I still stand by my notion that you can't judge a movie by it's book because in my opinion they are two very different beast. By the by "Revolutionary Road" the movie was fine in and of itself but when you read the novel you see how enormously wrongheaded it is to think you can even come close to capturing the breadth and scope of it. I sincerely believe that even the most masterful filmmaker could not offer on screen what an audience can get from those pages.

So in other words, I don't think we should judge the movie on not being as good as the book but instead ask "Why was this book even made into a film?" I think "Revolutionary Road" has made me realize that sometimes there has to be a line drawn between literature and film that maybe shouldn't be crossed.

Which I'm finding hard to reconcile with my own personal yearning to someday turn "Moby Dick" into an epic trilogy.