"The movie is about the simplest of human pleasures: The desire to get away for a few days, to play instead of work, to breathe in the sea air, and maybe meet someone nice. It is about the hope that underlies all vacations, and the sadness that ends them. And it is amused, too, that we go about our days so intently, while the sea and the sky go about theirs." Roger Ebert on Jacques Tati’s Mr. Hulot’s Holiday.
Fascinating article by Roger Ebert on where he stands RE: Occupy Wall Street
Support the first collaborative movie project about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Support the project and buy a ticket to a sneak preview on January 7th. Tickets are here: www.constellation.tv/99percent
On World AIDS Day, a mother’s story tries to turn the tide in Africa
When the documentary “The Carrier” screens Thursday to commemorate World AIDS Day, filmmaker Maggie Betts will speak to audience members from the comfort of her Los Angeles hotel room. There, she’ll be sitting in front of a webcam that broadcasts her image and voice to moviegoers.
“I do want to say things in these films. I want audiences to come out with shards stuck in them. I don’t care if people love my films or walk out, as long as they have a strong response.” - Terry Gilliam
The idea behind World AIDS Day is as simple and straight-forward as it is so extraordinarily inspiring. Held on the first of December each year, it is a unique opportunity for people all across the globe to stand together and lend their support in the fight against this ongoing epidemic, as well as pay tribute to the some 30 million people whom the world has already lost and all their cherished memories. For myself and my amazing colleagues at both (RED) and Constellation, we also knew that we wanted to do something quite special and meaningful on this particular World AIDS Day 2011 -I know I speak for us all when I say that there’s never been a more exciting time to actively engage with the symbolic message of the day, nor has there ever been as much momentum as there truly is right now, to create a new AIDS Free Generation by 2015 globally.
As many may know, my film THE CARRIER, which will be playing in two one night only showings on Constellation.tv/carrier with proceeds going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa, also tells a very simple and poignant story. It is the story of one helplessly determined and HIV positive woman, living in the middle of rural Zambia, who becomes pregnant and will do literally anything to protect her baby from AIDS. At the same time it’s also meant to be a metaphor for all the extraordinary potential we now hold, to achieve an AIDS Free world for all our children. So I hope that everyone who reads this blog might take a moment click here and purchase a $6.99 ticket to watch THE CARRIER on December 1st (Watch trailer here). I also hope you’ll join us in celebrating this truly inspiring moment by supporting (RED)’s current campaign that focuses on virtually eliminating the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies by 2015.
I was inspired by various filmmakers for various reasons. I was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film “,Persona” because it’s the story of two women who have this symbiotic relationship and, in many ways, they switch positions. By the end of the movie, you’re not sure who’s the crazy one and who isn’t. The nature of their relationship was interesting to me.