Saturday, June 10, 2006

Thinking man's porn

The thinking man's porn is, well, porn. But I think its also a clever description for documentary film.



This week's Variety magazine has an article on H'woods long overdue recognition of the potential mass appeal and adoption of marketing techiques that they have always used for feature films. Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 just passed the $100 mil mark for grosses. Al Gore's project, An Inconvenient Truth, was trailered to feature audieces and the publicity included booking him on SNL. Film's like Supersize Me and March of the Peguins have certainly helped the genre to tip.

I was junking out on documentaries ages ago. Scratch and Mike Mill's Paperboys (Both from the ResFest 2001 line-up) are among my favorite. American Movie (1999) is my all-time favorite. If you are not familiar with Errol Morris, what the hell is wronng with you?



The Variety article mentions the popularity of reality tv in recent years and the denials of doc film-makers of their films growing in popularity as a result. I believe both trends are connected in some way as is the popularity of sites like YouTube and iFilm.

Back in 2001 I wanted to do a documentary called Dogwalker. Ultimately it was a story about lonliness told through slice of life portraits of what are often, eccetric idividuals. I have a theory that people, like dogwalkers and postal workers suffer as a result of spending so much time alone. The microphone gets too close to the speaker. Isolation is poison. Well, I never got off my ass and made the film. My backburner is huge, filled with stuff I am going to get to. This however is not one of them. Now that everybody is a doc maker my passion has fizzled. So if anyone wants the dogwalker idea, have at it.

2 upcoming docs to look out for:
Michael Moore's Sicko. He goes after the health care system.

"Who Killed the Electric Car". (According to The Simpsons it was the Stonecutters.)

And the final link in this post is for Full Frame, the documetary film festival in North Carolina.

1 comment:

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I loved the Al Gore's documentary, one of the best in that subject, he really made an excellent documentary.