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The number of reasons to not make a film are virtually infinite. You don’t have enough time, money, experience, equipment, or professional connections. If you make a film, who’s going to see it, and if no one sees it, will it even have value? I could go on, but instead, here’s a piece of encouragement from one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time, German director Werner Herzog, who back in 1979 ate his shoe as a symbol of support for fellow filmmaker and friend Errol Morris to complete his film Gates of Heaven.
If you could get a large group of some of cinema’s greatest directors in one room, what would you ask them? Well, director Wim Wenders got that opportunity while at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently made a documentary about it. 16 iconic directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Steven Spielberg, Werner Herzog, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, were asked a series of questions about the future of the film industry, as well as the art form itself, and their answers became an incredible 44-minute video compendium of cinematic knowledge. Check it Wenders’ Room 666 after the break. More »
If Werner Herzog was staying for supper, what would you serve? You couldn’t very well offer Hamburger Helper to the director that’s been dubbed by some the “single most important film director on the planet.” If you were looking to color this fanciful dinner party in your head, or if you just can’t wait for the limited edition of Herzog: The Collection, check out UCTV’s “An Evening with Werner Herzog” below, and get a sense of the influences in Herzog’s life, how it influenced his filmmaking philosophy, and other humorous/infuriating/enlightening conversation. More »
Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog is truly one of the masters of documentary, and he has created more amazing documentaries than could be counted on all of your fingers and toes. In a rather unlikely partnership, Herzog recently teamed up with several major cellular companies in order to craft a short documentary about one of the major issues that we face in our technology-laden society, texting and driving. The result is a doc called From One Second to the Next, and it might very well be some of Herzog’s most haunting and heart-wrenching work to date. More »
In a conversation with Errol Morris at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Werner Herzog stated that you can’t be a filmmaker without reading books. More recently, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky shared a list of his own favorite books. Taking their suggested reading lists in tandem, we now have a list of ten “must read” books from a pair of auteurs; the first five are Aronofsky’s selections and are on the topic of movies, and the second five are Herzog’s and aren’t limited to a particular topic. I’ve only read three of the ten; how about you? More »
Plastic Bag, a first-person narrative from the perspective of a discarded grocery bag, is part of the FUTURESTATES series of shorts, which collectively ask “What will become of America in five, 25, or even 50 years from today?”
Directed by Ramin Bahrani, voiced by Werner Herzog. Be sure to check out the other ten FUTURESTATES shorts; I felt a particular affinity for this one, in part because the opening shot of The West Side is of one such piece of migrating polyethylene.