I’ve fallen behind on blog reading and, as a result, missed or lost track of a few things. David at Green Cine has a number of links worth noting. First, I’m very disappointed that I missed the PBS doc, The Armenian Genocide, which aired on April 17, but will hopefully catch it later (check the NY Times and the PBS ombudsman comment on the doc, as does the History News Network).
Via Movie City Indie, reports that McDonalds is gearing up a “war room” of sorts to prepare for the launch of Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation. Linklater’s film is set to play at Cannes Film Festival. Also scheduled for Cannes, Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales his follow up to Donnie Darko.
Also worth noting: Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth continues to get good buzz, this time in The New Yorker Will be interesting to see how Gore’s film compares to Gregory Greene’s The End of Suburbia. Meanwhile Lance Mannion makes the case that we should re-elect Al Gore, “the best President we might never have.” Like Lance, I think Gore made some mistakes in his campaign (we both dislike the choice of a certain Senator from Connecticut as a running-mate), but Lance is probably also right in pointing out that Gore would still face an uphill battle if he ran again, not least a So-Called Liberal Media (see Alterman) that clearly didn’t like him.
Finally, for my readers in the midwest, Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival is ready to roll. I spent two years teaching at the University of Ilinois, and Ebert’s annual festival in his hometown of Champaign, IL, was always an enjoyable event, even if it was usually inconveniently scheduled during finals week when I had multiple grading marathons looming.