Sunday Links

Here are some of the things I’ve been watching or reading this weekend:

  • After reading Karina Longworth’s early review of David Lynch’s Interview Project, I’m even more curious to check it out.   The project’s introduction, is a fascinating mesh of documentary modes and styles.  As the introduction, opens, we hear the scratchy static of a car radio trying to get a signal before we see Lynch himself directly addressing the camera in what Karina describes as “deliberately prosaic monologue in sing-song, with the words ‘people’, ‘interview’ and ‘different’ pushed so many times as to completely lose meaning.”  But there were one or two other moments that I found compelling. First, Lynch tells us that Interview Project will allow us to “meet” the people he interviewed, something that would seem implausible given the mediation of camera and computer. Second, the road trip motif, the music, and other aesthetic features from Lynch’s interviews remind me of some of the “documentary” projects of the 1930s, especially James Agee and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,  a text that is as much about the processes of mediation as it is about the subjects themselves.  Interview Project launches June 1st, and Lynch will post one new video every day for the rest of the year.
  • Stephanie Zacharek has an interesting article interrogating the industry hype over 3D movies.  Zacharek provides some nice historical context, comparing the depiction of 3D in the 1950s with what’s happening now, and I think she’s right to be a little skeptical. On a related note, David Hudson has a round-up of reviews of Pixar’s Up, many of which address that film’s use of 3D.
  • Also via David, a terrific oral history of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing from the LA Times, to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.  DTRT has always been one of my favorite films to teach, and the interviewees include many of the major participants, including Spike Lee, John Turturro, Danny Aiello, and cinematographer Ernest Dickerson.
  • Dr. Crazy has a terrific post offering advice to faculty who are about to start a job with a 4/4 teaching load.  Without going into specifics, Dr. Crazy’s experiences are similar to my own.

Finally, just a quick reminder that my interview with Second Cinema will have its debut broadcast on Carolina 24 in the Raleigh-Durham area on June 1.  The show’s other guest: Evan Rachel Wood.  The broadcast times for other North Carolina cities are below the fold.

 

Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carborro (and surounding areas)
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 9:00pm on Carolina 24

Wilmington
Thursdays at 6:30pm on Channel 4

Charlotte
Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30am on Channel 9
Thursdays at 3pm on Channel 9

Newport
Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Channel 10

Union County
Mondays through Thursdays at 6pm

Fayetteville
Every other Thursday at 6pm on Channel 60

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