Here is the only picture I could find of anything remotely resembling the evening I had recently at AFI, taking part in a Hal Ashby editing2 seminar taught by Matt Chesse (pictured below, in Cuba, reading Being Hal Ashby) and artist Eric White. We showed Ashby film clips for three hours + scenes from my doc, talking nonstop about the space in between + humanity in film. Also -- one could make a very real comparison of In the Heat of the Night to Barack Obama's entire 8 years in office.
Next month we will reboot a similar panel + film discussion at AFI focusing on media/celebrity in film, showing clips from A Face in the Crowd, Ace in the Hole, Network, and Welcome to Me. Thee lovely Shira Piven will join us for a roundtable.
Happy Birthday to my brother Josh today!