elegy by bruno neiva

Alain Delon as Jef Costello

elegy (in memory of victor esteban celeiro)noir coffee spilled over the newspaper we talked for hours, jobless hoursabout borders, coups and the icelandic landscape jef costello was brought into the conversation,combed hair and smart suit – holding a gun, bluish stare over greyish glarethe talk went on at full tilt, it was writ large all over usthat … [Read more...]

Dennis Hopper as Daniel Morgan in Mad Dog Morgan

Dennis Hopper as Daniel Morgan

The film Easy Rider (1969) made its director and star Dennis Hopper, and the film's producer and co-star Peter Fonda, counter-cultural icons of the late 1960s. The film's minuscule budget, roaring box office success, and critical acclaim paved the way for a movement within Hollywood that would change the direction of filmmaking for the next decade. Accordingly, Dennis Hopper … [Read more...]

Movie Review – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

As a kid in the 1960s, I remember asking my mom why we didn't ever have Granny Smith apples in the house. She replied that she refused to buy anything from South Africa because of what the government did to its people. As the years passed and I became more aware of the world around me, I began to understand why my parents refused to buy anything which came from South Africa. … [Read more...]

Submit your DIY film to the International Punk Rock Film Festival!

International Punk Rock Film Festival

The 2014 International Punk Rock Film Festival is seeking submissions. The deadline is May 2014.Calling all DIY movie punks from all corners of the globe! The International punk rock film festival is open for submissions of your DIY punk rock movie! Now is the time to finally make that movie you've been dreaming of. Amateurs and first-timers encouraged. Share your scene, … [Read more...]

Review – Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana

The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Photo credit: Deborah Feingold

Once upon a time there was pop music. You either liked what you heard or you didn't, and you didn't particularly care about anything else. There were other types of music other people listened to, but that wasn't pop music. There was country and western music which was played by people who dressed funny and whose audience seemed to made up of senior citizens and people with … [Read more...]

BIG SUR Film Preview in Selected Theatres – week of October 14, 2013!

Big Sur Movie Poster

Gathr Films has announced a series of one-day-only showings of Big Sur in indie theatres in selected cities across the USA the week of October 14, 2013. These screenings are in advance of the film's nationwide release on November 1, 2013.Here's your chance to see it before anyone else!Check out the schedule below & get the details...Gathr Films Serves Up National … [Read more...]

Review – Erik Verhaar’s Andalusian Dogging

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar

Andalusian Dogging by Erik Verhaar, translated by Jonathan Ellis / The Reception Game / 2013 / 17 pages In Erik Verhaar's short story, inspired by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's 1929 film An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou), the film itself becomes a character.An Andalusian Dog bumps into this story's narrator on the street:"I felt his fingers tap my shoulder. I … [Read more...]

Giles Paley-Phillips’ “The Fearsome Beastie” to become film

ome Beastie book / film - kidlit

A CGI animation short film of The Fearsome Beastie by award-winning author Giles Paley-Phillips, and released by Maverick Arts Publishing, is in the works.The book will be adapted by Slurpy Studios and co-directed by Katie Steed and Jon Hunt, in collaboration with UCA.UCA has a strong track record in animation, having produced four Oscar winners to date.The film … [Read more...]

Help make the surfing film “Within” a reality!

photo by Ben Lee

The story in the filmmaker, Darius Devas' wordsI got into filmmaking through Bodyboarding (surf) films. During this time two things happened that seeded the foundations for Within: The first was Billy, my childhood next-door neighbour and surfing friend, took his life very unexpectedly when he was sixteen. My other great surfing friend was Luke, who lived between me and … [Read more...]

‘The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America’ Book & Movie

The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America

Amy and Shane Bugbee went on the road for a low-budget, year-long exploration of the people and places of America. The result is their book, The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America and the accompanying film, Politics, Art, Religion, and Revolution.Both will be released on January 21, 2013.The Suffering and Celebration of Life in AmericaThis is the story … [Read more...]

Jack Kerouac – “Big Sur” Movie Trailer

Big Sur film - Kerouac

The film, Big Sur, based upon Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name, released nationwide on November 1, 2013.Directed by Michael Polish, who also wrote the screenplay, it stars Jean-Marc Barr as Jack Kerouac. Other cast are: Stana Katic as Lenore; Henry Thomas as Phillip Whalen; Josh Lucas as Neal Cassady; Kate Bosworth as Billie; Radha Mitchell as Carolyn Cassady; Anthony … [Read more...]

“Burroughs: The Movie” to be restored and re-released

The campaign to restore Burroughs: The Movie officially launched December 11th 2012 at 7pm at the October Gallery in London, UK (24 Old Gloucester Street Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL 020 7242 7367) with a rare screening of the film. It will run for 30 days on Kickstarter.For more information about the campaign to restore Burroughs: The Movie and Howard Brookner’s archive … [Read more...]

How Dennis Hopper Conquered the American Century

Dennis Hopper Cannes 2008, by Georges Biard

Dennis Hopper’s extensive filmography is filled with an array of painfully bad films. His early career saw him appear in any number of B-Movies and exploitation flicks; his late eighties/early nineties excursion into mainstream blockbusters such as Super Mario Bros (1993) and Waterworld (1995) were undeniably poor; and from the late nineties and beyond, his backlist of movies … [Read more...]

The Biggest Mystery in Hollywood History

Hollywood Mystery

"An author should have no other biography than his books." “The biography of a creative man is completely unimportant.”  - B. TravenWarner Brothers bought the novel THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE in 1941 with John Huston in mind as director. When the studio wrote the author, a Mr. B. Traven, in Mexico City suggesting that they pay him to come to Los Angeles to work … [Read more...]

Down by Law: The Loneliness of Jim Jarmusch

Down by Law - Jim Jarmusch

Not that it would make any difference. But if only for the sake of morale, you are willing to admit that it's a welcome shade of orange that breaks east at the horizon of what has been a roughandtumble one hell of fucked up night. A dull weariness works on your bones, your mind swirls in and out of a strange daze that threatens to rot you from within, and frankly, you'd rather … [Read more...]

(Revisiting) Mondo Hollywood

Mondo Hollywood

At midnight on June 10, 2006, in a special event for the Moondance Film Festival, The Chaplin Theater (5300 Melrose Ave) in Los Angeles will be presenting the digitally-enhanced Director's cut of Mondo Hollywood. Written, produced, directed and edited by Robert Carl Cohen -- renowned for his pioneering documentary films INSIDE RED CHINA, INSIDE EAST GERMANY, THREE CUBANS, and … [Read more...]

The Last Waltz Considered

The Last Waltz was a revolutionary documentary. It was the first concert movie shot in 35 mm, the record of a celebration of the Band's last concert on the site of their first show as The Band. It is the visual evidence that more than thirty years ago Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel had the good sense to go out on top. There are many … [Read more...]