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March 30, 2005

It's our third day at the Texas Film Festival; I've only just now managed to find a computer to use.

It's a pretty swell festival. The opening night film was Primer, which makes this the second festival in the same week that will be playing both that and Deadroom. It's odd walking around the campus and seeing flyers with our faces on it everywhere, advertising our lecture/panel/workshop thing. That occurred yesterday afternoon, and it seemed to go well; we managed to stay on topic, in a very free-associative sort of way. I think we made our points fairly well; at the very least, I think we might have inspired a few people to check out films by a handful of our favorite directors.

Last night, we had dinner and drinks (more of the latter than the former) last night with the festival crew and a few of the other filmmakers. Bryan Poyser was in town for the evening, for the screening of Dear Pillow, and it was great to have a chance to talk with him at greater length than we did at SXSW. I believe that James, typing at the computer next to me at this very moment, will be providing a more detailed expose the evening.

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Before I left, I intended to write a long post about watching Jonathan Demme's Melvin & Howard and Robert Altman's Secret Honor; and how the latter was highly inspirational, given that it consisted of one man talking in one room for ninety minutes; and how both of them really offered a bit of insight into where Paul Thomas Anderson's style evolved from (I first learned of both of these films from his commentary track on Hard Eight). Obviously, I never wrote that post, and don't have time to now, but perhaps a link to the first hard news on PTA's new project will suffice its stead?

I know what book I'm checking out of the library when I get home on Sunday.

Posted by David Lowery at March 30, 2005 1:50 PM

Comments

what did you guys talk about in your workshop?

Posted by: brad at March 31, 2005 5:54 PM

Pretty much the samet things we always obsess over - which is why crappy movies get made while great filmmakers always to struggle, and why it's important that audiences support the latter. We also talked about the similarites between Spider-Man 2 and The Brown Bunny. I'll dig my notes out of my bag tomorrow and post some of [the more coherent ones] here...

Posted by: Ghostboy at April 1, 2005 2:57 AM