You can accuse me of being overly sensitive about this….oh wait, you can’t! One of the things it’s almost impossible to be too sensitive about is fucking HITLER, so when I saw the image on Hollywood Elsewhere yesterday, I just about crapped my Lederhosen. WTF is Jeffrey thinking? Just a guess, but the two groups of people likely to be really offended by being mocked up as der Führer are Jews and Germans.
Even if Werner is somehow not offended by the image, I still call Douchebag on this post and I’ll be offended on his behalf.
UPDATE: I just received an email from Paul Cronin, the editor of Herzog on Herzog that reads, in part:
“Werner once told me that he would never live through another era of Nazism, because he would die fighting it.”
So yeah, I think Werner would be offended by Jeff’s post.
My first night at the Sarasota Film Festival was the World Cinema Celebration featuring an award for Werner Herzog. (I do understand that there’s a lot of Werner in my first few posts from Sarasota but what can I say? It was “Werner Day” when I got there!) Among the many things that this festival does very well is organize a party. Wednesday night there were 1,400 people in a block-long stretch of downtown Sarasota clamoring for any one of the dozens of free gourmet food samples and rivers of hooch and the only time I had to wait more than a minute or 2 at a food station was for seared tuna. Well, wouldn’t you?
The entertainment was a kick-ass Latin music band and the locals sure got down to it, boogieing the night away. There were certainly some ringers among the crowd (students and teachers from a local dance studio, methinks) and here are three of them. See, I told you it was fun!
Continue reading Sarasota-Parties And An Epic MC Battle
Upon arriving at the Sarasota Film Festival after a long snow delay at Newark Liberty Airport I managed a quick shower and change of clothes before being whisked downtown to check in. A few hellos, how are yous? (“yous?” Yikes!) and a quick fall in love with 2 or 3 festival staffers, it was off across the street to a reception honoring Werner Herzog. The pic from the previous post was taken at that soiree where I was able to fall in love with a filmmaker or two. Happens a lot to me, alas. While drinking French sparkling and nibbling on some tasty calamari (more on the those pesky cephalopod mollusks, later) I was able to chat some more with new friend and top-notch fest hospitality coordinator Jen Weiss and catch up with IFC‘s Jessica Wolfson, whose boyfriend Paul Lovelace is here with the documentary feature The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound To Lose (co-directed with Sam Wainwright Douglas). Pictured below from left to right are Jess and Jen. Too damn cute, no?
Continue reading Sarasota-Sun, Sea and…Calamari?
One of the highlights at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival is a visit by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, My Best Fiend) and a 14-film retrospective of his non-fiction films. Everywhere he went, Herzog appeared genuinely touched by the outpouring of affection and appreciation that the festival goers and party attendees had for him and his work. Additionally, he remarked several times upon the fact that some of his films had been experty paired together in the program (by Tom Hall, natch!) because they are really part of a much larger (ongoing) work and really ought to be seen together. If you haven’t yet seen last year’s Grizzly Man, you definitely need to make the effort! It’s a fantastic piece of work.
Photo, L to R: director Nisha Inalsingh (Huldufólk 102), Herzog, Festival Executive Director, Jody Kielbasa
Continue reading Herzog Comes To Sarasota
Friday, March 31st saw the kick off of what has the potential of being, along with SXSW, an excellent Southern U.S. one-two punch on the domestic fest circuit. Under the expert stewardship of exec director Jody Kielbasa and 2nd year director of programming Tom “Come on you Reds!” Hall, The Sarasota Fim Festival has been on the lips of many an industryite when the question of “Where to?” is asked in April. Wanna know why?
Well for starters, a good public festival (as opposed to mainly industry events like Sundance and Cannes) should have a healthy mix of films and events that appeal to both the film fanatic and the weekend multi-plexer, with plenty of crossover opportunities. Not that the former fests don’t have a mix, it’s just that, well, Jane and John Q. Public don’t get to go to those places, really.
Continue reading Fun In The Sun – Sarasota Film Festival Kicks Off