I got a no on the grant I applied for, which is sad but okay. If you think that feature narrative films is competitive, try documentaries, which is incredibly competitive! There is a chance of making real art and news with documentaries, plus you get to illuminate a little known part of the world. Ugh.
What I may need to do for this project is to construct a short on my own and simply try to get this project into festivals to attract interest!
On the Oscars: Kathryn Bigelow has always been a kick ass director. There are other kick ass directors, too: Barbara Streisand (yes, Prince of Tides) Jane Campion, Catherine Breillat. And if you look at episodic tv, there are tons of female directors and producers of tv shows. But it was thrilling, and wonderful to see Kathryn win- and awesome that her cast came up to celebrate with her!
On Monique-People have said that her speech seemed self serving, almost arrogant. 'Precious' got a lot of flack from the Jack and Jill contingent in the community. Her choice to take the role of a monster (when she is a bubbly, funny and deeply beautiful woman) was very shocking. So her speech was actually rather appropriate. She took real chances with her image and all that she has done before, without being a skinny blonde.
Back to work for me!
Labels: documentay form, film, filmmaking