My film production company, Tasty Dude Films, is making a short film for Damnationland this year. If you haven’t heard of it, Damnationland is a yearly horror film festival that curates short horror films by Maine filmmakers. We’re incredibly proud that we’ve been asked to participate this year, and we need a little help making sure we cover all of our costs. Help us out through Kickstarter!
Donate to “Anima Sola” by Tasty Dude Films on Kickstarter
For your relaxed Sunday viewing pleasure – Sanna & Oscar Liedgren make these gorgeous, wordless short films all about process.
We like to see things getting done: built, fixed, cooked, drawn, wrapped or hammered. Words are important, but need not always be spoken. Usually the making speaks for itself. Our technique is simple and straightforward: natural light, sequential shooting, single camera.
The Homegrown Swedes site, like their videos, is simple and beautiful. I can’t stop watching these.
Homegrown Swedes on Vimeo
Homegrown Swedes on YouTube
In a new interview, Steven Soderbergh shares some of his thoughts about the film business and his impending retirement.
[…] So that’s when I started thinking, All right, when I turn 50, I’d like to be done. I knew that in order to stop, I couldn’t keep it a secret — so many things are coming at you when you’re making films that you need to have a reason to be saying no all the time.
And what was that reason?
It’s a combination of wanting a change personally and of feeling like I’ve hit a wall in my development that I don’t know how to break through. The tyranny of narrative is beginning to frustrate me, or at least narrative as we’re currently defining it. I’m convinced there’s a new grammar out there somewhere. But that could just be my form of theism.
Is it similar to how you were feeling in 1997 when you made the satire Schizopolis — an attempt to “blow up the house,” as you put it?
Yeah. If I’m going to solve this issue, it means annihilating everything that came before and starting from scratch. That means I have to go away, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take. And I also know you can’t force it. I love and respect filmmaking too much to continue to do it while feeling I’m running in place. That’s not a good feeling. And if it turns out I don’t make another one, I’m really happy with this last group of movies. I don’t want to be one of those people about whom people say, “Wow, he kind of fell off there at the end.” That would be depressing.
“In Conversation: Steven Soderbergh” by Mary Kaye Schilling