I’ve been a fan of both Nick Cave’s screenwriting (for such films as The Proposition and Lawless) and his film scores (for The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford) but aside from a great Marc Maron WTF Podcast interview, I’d never really delved into the bulk of Cave‘s band history.
But this awesome, goosebump-inducing trailer for his upcoming film, 20,000 Days On Earth, shows us a day in the life of the lead singer of the Bad Seeds through a mashup of documentary and drama elements, and ignited my interest. The film, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, features Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and Cave‘s longtime collaborator Warren Ellis. It won directing and editing awards at the Sundance Film Festival and is definitely a film I’ll be checking out when it hits theaters. I hope maybe you’ll give it a try, as well. Enjoy!
20,000 Days on Earth – Official Trailer:
Watch the trailer for Marty Langford‘s documentary, DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”. A documentary on an unreleased Roger Corman movie based on shitty Marvel comic material? WHERE DO I BUY A FUCKING TICKET!?
DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four”:
Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s “The Fantastic Four” is a feature length documentary tracking the history of the troubled 1994 Concord-New Horizon’s/Constantin Films’ “production, “The Fantastic Four”.
Respect him or despise him, Mitt Romney was a prominent, powerful force in politics over the past six years. In this new Netflix original documentary, Mitt, directed by Greg Whiteley we get an intimate in-depth look at the tole on the man behind the face of the Republican party. I had my doubts, but I must say, judging from the trailer it actually looks promising. The film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and hits Netflix on January 24th. Enjoy!
MITT – Official Trailer – A Netflix original documentary – HD:
A Netflix original documentary, Mitt is a rare and intimate account of one man’s quest for the presidency.
Given unprecedented access by Mitt Romney and his family for six years, Mitt follows the former governor’s presidential aspirations, from Christmas 2006 to his initial run to become the Republican nominee in 2008 and through his Presidential concession speech in 2012.
Director Greg Whiteley (“New York Doll,” “Resolved”) travels alongside the campaign through interactions with potential voters, preparations for the debates, personal moments with his family and concluding with final presidential election night results.
Donald Trump discusses the deeper meaning of one of his favorite films, Citizen Kane. The interview, conducted by Errol Morris, is from one of filmmaker’s unfinished projects. Enjoy!
Donald Trump on Citizen Kane:
Here is the trailer for Dave Grohl‘s new documentary Sound City, premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Enjoy.
Sound City Official Trailer:
Sound City is about a legendary Los Angeles recording studio of the same name that was responsible for some of the greatest albums ever recorded, from Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush to Nirvana’s Nevermind. The studio, which was owned and operated by the same family since 1970, closed forever last year, and Grohl decided to immortalize its contributions to the world of music.
Here is a short film about the creation of Jack Daniel‘s hand-crafted whiskey barrels. Enjoy.
Jack Daniels – Birth of a Barrel – A Hand-Crafted Barrel Short Film:
Birth of a Barrel from Paper Fortress on Vimeo.
A few months back, I had the pleasure of flying down as a director of photography to Lynchburg, TN to see how Jack Daniels is made – and work alongside the talented team at Arnold World Wide. I got to see the town itself, as well as meet some incredible people who both live in the town and work at the Jack Daniels distillery (this documentary film will be released shortly as well).
After my stay there, I drove 5 hours north to Kentucky where I got an all access pass (and then some) to the cooperage where every single barrel is made that JD is aged in. It was a much more involved process than I would have ever imagined and was blown away by the amount of hands-on work they do there.
Armed with my 5D, a glidetrack, tripod and a glidecam (as well as my talented sound man Miles), I set out of shoot the heck out of this place so the incredible editors at Lost Planet in NYC could have their way with it. Here is what they put together with everything I captured in the short amount of time we were there.
Agency: Arnold Worldwide
Client: Jack Daniel’s
Creative Director: Wade Devers
ACD/Art Director: Travis Robertson
ACD/Copywriter: Greg Almeida
Director of Global Marketing: Carmen D’Ascendis
Director of Photography: Stebs Schinnerer, Paper Fortress
Producer: Ben Ouellette, Alex Saevitz, William Near
Account: Nate Stewart, Shannon Coletti
Editor: Paul Snyder, Lost Planet NYC
Music: Neil Cleary, Made to Feel
Here is 30 for 30 Short: Here Now, first episode of a new 30 for 30 Shorts web series from ESPN Films that premieres monthly on Grantland.com. Enjoy.