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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3 things about Jack Smight’s AIRPORT 1975

Airport 1975 [1974]

1. Overall, Jerry Stiller comes off best. He sleeps through most of the movie.
2. Ominous yet meaningless zoom in on the guitar strings.
3. Myra Loy pouring herself an Olympia beer.

Did everything Jack Smight touch turn to crap? Or was it already crap and he just did what he had to do, but poorly? 3 other things.

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3 things about Richard Lester’s JUGGERNAUT

Juggernaut [1974]

1. A pinball machine on board called Shipwreck.
2. First ransom phone call: Soderberghian layering of sound on top of silent action.
3. “Two double scotches, in the same glass. Staff.”

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s THE PIRATE

The Pirate [1948]

1. Cigarette kiss.
2. “He’s not a lump or a pumpkin!”
3. Double ear wriggle.

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