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Matter's Erika Hayasaki visited Mexico's National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery to learn about Cotard's Syndrome.
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This terrifying disorder turns people into zombies, into living, breathing ghosts; they believe they died, or never existed. And somewhere in their brains may be the key to human consciousness.
[...] Most of the patients here have been diagnosed with garden-variety neurological disorders: schizophrenia, dementia, psychosis, severe depression, or bipolarism. But the ones I am searching for are different. They suffer from an affliction even more puzzling: They believe that they are dead.
It’s a rare disorder called Cotard’s syndrome, which few understand. For patients who have it, their hearts beat and lungs pump, yet they deny their existence or functionality of their bodies, organs or brains. They think their self is detached. (Source)
So here's what's been going on with the site.
Last year a security flaw popped up somewhere in BCK's back-end, and my webhost suspended the account as a safety measure, because the flaw compromised his server. I upgraded everything I could think of--all the plugins and odds and ends that keep BCK running--and we put the site back online, and all was well.
... Until January-ish this year, when the flaw again became apparent, and again the site was suspended. My host and I scheduled a time to look into the problem, but for some reason we missed each other and we ended up not looking into it, and I thought "Maybe this is a sign."
I was wondering if I ought to close the site completely and either a) just post Kaufman news on our FB page, or b) close the FB account as well. Because, you know, I've been maintaining BCK for more than 13 years now. That's a long time in internet years. I'M AN OLD MAN. Charlie hasn't been doing a lot of newsworthy stuff lately. I'm a bit busier than I once was. This stuff takes time and it takes money, and I have less of both than I did 13 years ago. Maybe I ought to move on and do other stuff. It's inevitable.
So I procrastinated, as I always do. For weeks I procrastinated. It's a skill I have.
I was really close to pulling the plug on all but the FB page and maybe the Twitter account.
But today (as I type this, anyway), the site's back online. I don't know why. Maybe it's only temporary. I'm gonna look into it soonly.
Sooooo... that's where we're at.Add a comment
BCK is 13 years old today. Like, wow. The site is now a teenager even in real years; in internet years it's, I don't know, 87? Here's a little trip down memory lane, to celebrate the occasion.
On Youtube there used to be a long video of Charlie's super awesome BAFTA lecture (edited down by only a few minutes, I think?), and I posted it, but it's since been removed from Youtube. It was LOST IN THE MISTS OF TIME, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
Twitter user @kaufmanic discovered the video's reapparance on the interwebs. Get it while it's hot:Add a comment
If you're wondering why it's so difficult for Charlie to get anything on the screen these days, this article by Flavorwire explains what has happened to the film industry in the last couple of decades, and the impact it has had on filmmakers like Kaufman. He isn't mentioned in the piece, but Charlie's in the same class as the filmmakers who are mentioned: Lynch, Waters, Soderbergh.
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“It’s a strange time. There’s not a whole lot that any of us can do about it,” David Lynch, who hasn’t directed a feature since 2006’s Inland Empire, explained over the summer. “You’ve seen waves of things go up and down, but maybe the arthouse will be back in vogue, and they’ll reappear all over the place again. I don’t know. It would be beautiful.”
It wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when Waters and Lynch were doing their most commercially successful work, it was possible to finance — either independently or via or the studio system — mid-budget films (anywhere from $5 million to $60 million) with an adult sensibility. But slowly, quietly, over roughly the decade and a half since the turn of the century, the paradigm shifted. Studios began to make fewer films, betting big on would-be blockbusters, operating under the assumption that large investments equal large returns. (Source)
Yesterday an update was sent out to Anomalisa's Kickstarter backers, bringing news that principal photography is now complete.
Thanks to everyone for sticking by us! It's been an incredible journey and we can't wait to share the whole experience with all of you.
We've begun putting together some of the pre-release rewards as we head into post production and will keep you updated on those delivery dates.
We are so grateful for your continued support!
More to come!
The Anomalisa Team (Source)
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Art imitating art:
The spectacle - exhilaration and humiliation all muddled together, on stage as in life - will appear at FringeArts Thursday through Dec. 13 in the form of The Sincerity Project. Then, if all goes as planned, it will return with the same cast every few years for the next 24 years. Like a live-theater version of the Up documentary films that have tracked a dozen British children since 1964 from age 7 to 56, it will, Torra hopes, capture the aging bodies, evolving relationships, and changing views of seven cast members whose ambitions, impulses, and fears provide content for the show.
This longitudinal study of the effects of life on experimental theater - or is it the other way around? - was born out of Torra's desire to create a performance that was honest.
"I have a weird thing about theater feeling like lies all the time," he said.
So, a few years ago, he and his collaborators set out to make a "sincere" work - one that doesn't just imitate life, but chronicles and interprets it. (Source)
Meanwhile, Tom Noonan has been following him everywhere.Add a comment
You might have heard that Sony's been hacked, and a whole stack of employees' details and internal business documents have hit the web. Included in the hack is a file of upcoming film campaigns, and among them is Frank or Francis. A few of the films have release dates attached to them, all the way up to 2016; Frank has no date.
So. There's hope, yeah?
Thanks to the person who emailed me! I'll give him or her anonymity, because it makes me feel secret agenty.Add a comment
It was Charlie's birthday this week, according to a bunch of sites (HOORAY!), and to celebrate, Ryan created the pic below. It's cool and it gives me the creeps. Says Ryan to Charlie:
Happy birthday! [...] Enjoy this mash up of a bunch of your pictures. It took me nine years.
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[Update: added a link to an interview with the video's creator, who is indeed inspired by Charlie. See the end of this post.]
Weird thing of the week: this credit sequence for Too Many Cooks. The sitcom itself doesn't exist, but the credits air late at night on Adult Swim. And they go on. And on.
The credits never end. For 12 minutes, they go on, piling up characters, switching genres, looping, warping, rewinding, getting more and more bizarre and violent as they progress. According to The A.V. Club, Adult Swim has been airing the segment late at night recently, in a block of time labeled "Infomercials," so that viewers don't know it's coming. (Source)
When I saw this, of course I thought of Charlie's How and Why. Particularly that script's opening scene, which starts out like a generic sitcom and ends with the suicide of the lead character, who's sick of living a generic sitcom-like existence.
Update: The video's creator is Squidbillies writer Chris "Casper" Kelly, and he was indeed inspired by the likes of Charlie Kaufman and David Lynch. EW interviewed him about Too Many Cooks:
What does this all mean? People are going to dissect this thing and pull out the themes and deeper implications. What do you want the takeaway to be?
That’s a tough one. Here’s what it is: I’m a fan of David Lynch and Charlie Kaufman and Tim and Eric, and I wanted to try to do something weird like that. I was working intuitively, and there’s a quote Elvis Costello has that I really like. He said, “You start out imitating your heroes, and the way you f–k up becomes your style.” (Source)
Thanks to my pal Julie for the EW find.Add a comment
Being John Malkovich turned 15 last month, but let's not dwell on that for too long and instead speed our way to 30+ minutes' worth of behind-the-scenes videos, posted by indieWIRE in celebration. Some of this might be familiar, some might not. Here's one to get you started:
FIFTEEN YEARS. For the love of God.Add a comment