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Charlie is among 74 winners of a MacDowell Fellowship, which was granted to artists across 7 disciplines by the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire
The fellows will take part in residencies at the artist colony.
[...] They will join colleagues in the fields of architecture, music composition, film and video, poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing, and visual and interdisciplinary arts.
The fellowships, each with an average value of $10,000, were awarded from among a pool of 732 applications received between July and September 2016. A panel of professionals in each discipline picked Fellows based solely on their talent, and Fellows are provided a private studio for a period of up to eight weeks, accommodations, and three meals a day. (Source)
You can read more about the Fellowship and its winners at the link.
Today BCK turns 15. HOORAY. I'd say it feels like I built the site only yesterday, but that would be lying. It feels more like 20 years ago. I am old.
Here's an inadvertent birthday/Christmas pressie from Charlie: a new interview with the UK Guardian, who incidentally ranked Anomalisa as their #1 film of 2016. HOORAY AGAIN.
Mostly the interview is about politics and how badly the world sucks at the moment. HOORAY.
As Michael asks in the film: what is it to be human, to ache?
I don’t know. It’s hard to be human. I get angry at being human and at humans and I wish there was more kindness and I could be more kind and other people could be more kind. I get very rattled just in traffic. On the road, a certain combination of selfishness and aggression exists. I think it’s analogous to look at people in cars and people online because it is an anonymous situation where you get to act on these impulses without repercussions - unless you’re in an accident - and just to be mean. I just find it so upsetting.
I was driving last night on this quiet road and this person was driving towards me and had their lights on. I flashed them to let him know, not in a rude way, that I couldn’t see. And he or she turned her brights off immediately and then turned them right back on. It was like: ‘Screw you. Don’t tell me what to do. Fuck you.’ I can’t really figure out any other version that makes sense. It just puts all of my cortisol or some sort of adrenalin nightmare stuff coursing through my veins.
The converse is true too. When I see something that’s just kind, I find it the most incredibly moving thing. It just makes me relax and tear up. When someone looks at you warmly for a second as you pass them on the street – rather than just an obligatory nod – it gives you some sort of renewed faith. (Source)
Charlie also name-checks Charlie Brooker and Black Mirror in this interview. He's done that a few times this year. Black Mirror is a great show--you ought to check it out if you haven't already. And on that note, HOLY COW, CHARLIE K NEEDS TO WRITE A BLACK MIRROR. That would be a great pairing.
And thanks to Gareth for the link.
I'm a little wary of posting scripts these days, particularly of films (or pilots) that haven't been produced. But Anomalisa's been and gone, so... Merry Christmas! Here's what seems to be the final shooting version of the script. Need to entertain the family over holidays? Bring out some socks with button eyes and recreate the film!
Musician Davide Dileo (Boosta from italian band Subsonica) recreates scenes from Eternal Sunshine in this video for his song "1993."
Big thanks to Andrea, who adds: "Lyrics say: 'time changed us a little, the only thing that never change (is) the war among us'."
It's really cool.
Adult Swim's "Dream Corp. LLC" might be the Eternal Sunshine TV series we have while we're waiting for more news of the Eternal Sunshine TV series
Adult Swim's new show Dream Corp. LLC. looks more than a little Eternal Sunshiney, judging by this trailer. I haven't seen a full episode, but the show started on October 23.
From creator Daniel Stessen and executive producers John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, Dream Corp LLC takes place in a “neglected dream therapy institution” where “experimental researchers meddle in their patients’ dreams.”
[...] Dream Corp LLC stars Merchant, Jon Gries, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Rutherford, Stephanie Allynne and Stephnie Weir. (Source)
They claim to cure all sorts of medical problems—including the impotence tackled in the premiere—by sending patients into their most disturbing dreams to trace the psychological roots of these physical conditions. (Source)
Each episode is 11 minutes long and airs at 11:45 p.m. Eastern on Sundays.
Thanks to Laurel!
From Flavorwire, referencing this interview with indieWIRE:
[...] Kaufman had noted how frequently his name becomes an adjective — “Kaufman-esque” — because so many lesser films seem to be inspired by his sensibilities. “Why do they get to make Charlie Kaufman movies and I don’t? I think about that all the time,” he said.
[...] It’s telling, then, that the one Kaufman project that we might see now is not even a Kaufman project at all, but rather someone else using Kaufman’s film as a vessel through which to get people interested through familiarity/nostalgia — and it all oddly speaks to the validities of the concerns about the industry, and artistry in general. It’s at once completely frustrating… yet speaks to the artistic value and weight and cyclical telepathy of his work. If you wanted proof of how prescient Charlie Kaufman’s films are, the potential of a TV-fied version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind being made — while the past decade of his new material goes largely ignored — would certainly fulfill concerns at the heart of so much of his output. (Source)
This news comes from Hollywood Reporter, but as we've come to learn: news of a Kaufman-related project doesn't always turn into a Thing We Mortals Will Ever See. Also: Charlie won't be involved in the TV series. So it will be somewhat ironic, and Charlie will pull his hair out, if this gets picked up.
Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, who produced the original film, is remaking the romantic drama into a TV series with studio Universal Cable Productions attached. The project is in its early stages and has not yet been taken out. Zev Borow (Forever, Chuck) is near a deal to pen the script for the drama. UCP declined comment.
[...] Golin and Kaufman are not involved in the potential series. Anonymous Content will produce the project alongside True Detective executive producer Richard Brown.
For Anonymous Content, this becomes the company behind hits including True Detective and Mr. Robot's latest foray into TV. The production and management company also has Netflix's Brit Marling series The OA and Selena Gomez's 13 Reasons Why upcoming as well as TNT's The Alienist. (Source)
Jay Electronica's "Eternal Sunshine" remix, and Ryan Tanner's folk album inspired by Charlie's BAFTA speech
This is new to me: in 2007 Jay Electronica released Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), backed by Jon Brion's score.
Thanks to Tram for that one!
In other music news, singer-songwriter Ryan Tanner won the Grand Prize for the American Songwriter Lyric Contest back in 2010. His new album Promised Land came out last month, and American Songwriter.com says:
In the liner notes, Tanner writes that the album was inspired by a lecture that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) delivered at the British Academy of Film and Television arts in 2011. (Source)
You can read a review here.
I stumbled across a HuffPo interview from March, conducted on the last day of Anomalisa's press cycle, and in it Charlie gives a couple more details about the novel he's writing for Grand Central:
"[...] I'm writing a novel now," Kaufman told HuffPost. "It [is] kind of a way out. Or at least theoretically a way out from this business."
The upcoming Kaufman novel in his own words “is by design something I think is impossible to make into a movie. Sort of the opposite of what you're usually trying to do with a novel these days. It's like, it cannot be made. And that's what I set out to do."
And what's it about?
"It's about a movie," the writer said. "An impossible movie." (Source)
Kaufman is still writing a separate screenplay for "a sprawling satire about the United States," but he's unsure if he'll get the money to make it.
His head will explode if a studio offers to pony up $100 million to adapt the unfilmable novel about the impossible movie.
I wonder if Charlie's read any David Foster Wallace. I'll bet he has.
The BBC's list of the 21st century's greatest 100(ish) movies (so far) was made in consultation with 177 international film critics. Charlie's work makes an appearance not once, but twice--and the second of his two films on the list is somewhat surprising but very cool.
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009) (Source)
With Synecdoche, New York garnering such mixed reviews upon release, it's great that the movie is thought of so highly by so many, eight years later.
Thanks to Tram for the heads up.