For more info, go here.
We miss you, Roger!
You can see a bunch of videos including movie press conferences from this year’s TIFF here.
For years, I have had in my possession a videocassette copy of this 23-minute film. I won’t go into detail about how I procured it, but I considered it to be a rare find considering it was produced to play at the big 40th birthday shindig for Steven Spielberg. It features the proverbial cavalcade of stars including Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand singing “Happy Birthday,” and a bunch of industry insiders.
I would bust out the tape every so often to show friends or students as if I was in possession of some wondrous thing.
Then along came the Internet and poof — like that — my video is now nothing more than useless digital information. Because as with all things, the tribute has made its way to the web:
I know this has absolutely nothing to do with July 4th, but it seemed fitting to give folks a bit of something fun to watch on the holiday. See if you can identify everyone on the tape. There are some screenwriters including Spielberg’s sister Anne who co-wrote the movie Big and Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale who co-wrote the huge hit Back to the Future and the huge bust 1941 directed by none other than Spielberg himself.
I was going to tweet an old Business of Screenwriting post that included a clip from K-9, but of course it had vanished from the web. So I was checking to see if I could find another version when I bumped into this: A 14 year old retired police dog watching K-9. Sorta not paying attention, but then Jerry Lee [on TV] starts racing after this 18 wheeler and check out what the old police dog does at the 1 minute mark:
Koton, the dog who played Jerry Lee actually was a police dog. So a moment of canine cop action between these two.
This is great:
In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
Here is the video:
Brilliant on all fronts. Saw this clip the other night on the Click Three segment of the Chris Hayes’ TV show “All In”.
For the video website, go here.
To read the entire commencement address by David Foster Wallace, go here.
Put on your tin foil caps, conspiracy buffs. Maybe the destruction of the Death Star wasn’t as it seemed…
From the video’s YouTube site:
An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy. The focus is mainly on the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it.
For those who don’t care for the obvious, this is a satirical spoof of the 9/11 truther video Loose Change.
Check out the 2013 Sundance Film Festival playlist with tons of videos here.
This is really dumb… and really funny!