3 things about Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER

The Lobster [2015]

1. Camel in the forest.
2. The waiter discreetly places a toaster on the edge of the table.
3. Before proceeding, he stuffs his mouth with paper towels.

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3 things about Maximilian Schell’s MARLENE

Marlene [1984]

1. Kitsch and rubbish.
2. “It’s the best film because … it’s the best film.”
3. Her constant needling: 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes. And the film is actually 90 minutes.

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3 things about Busby Berkeley’s THE GANG’S ALL HERE

The Gang’s All Here [1943]

1. “How are you?”
“I’m very well to do, thank you.”
“Ah, you do very well, what you do do.”
2. Ketchup from a Brazilian tomato.
3. Neon-like curtain of water foreshadows the neon hoops.

3 other things.

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PAUSE OF THE CLOCK now available on Vimeo!

You’ve been clamoring for it, and here it is!

Pause of the Clock from Rob Christopher on Vimeo.

For $3, the traditional price of a VHS rental back when we started making the film, you can bask in its HD glory! And you can watch Vimeo on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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3 things about W.S. Van Dyke’s ANOTHER THIN MAN

Another Thin Man [1939]

1. He pauses from his highball to unlatch the trunk for her.
2. A pen full of babies.
3. She suddenly transforms into a tough-talking dame.

3 other things.

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3 things about Ingmar Bergman’s THE SILENCE

The Silence [1963]

1. Upside down eyes, rimmed in black.
2. “How nice,” she says, examining the scars on his shoulder. “How nice that we can’t understand each other.”
3. She pulls the sheet over her own head. But she hasn’t died.

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ROY’S WORLD receives a City of Chicago DCASE grant!

I’m pleased to announce that I will receive a 2017 Individual Artists Program grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). This grant will go directly toward funding Roy’s World: Barry Gifford & Chicago, especially my collaboration with Jason Adasiewicz on the documentary’s original score.

Arts funding, particularly state and federal funding, is really important to projects like mine. I don’t have a huge slate of past projects under my belt I can brag about, so getting the “thumbs up” from an office like DCASE makes it easier for other potential funders to say yes. As you might have heard, the State of Illinois is a hot mess right now. We’ve been operating without a budget for more than two years now; arts funding certainly isn’t a priority. It’s really nice to know that despite its own financial difficulties, Chicago is still doing its bit.

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