“PUTTING THE ‘FESTIV’ BACK INTO FESTIVAL” – 2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING POEM

Every year, the Slamdance Film Festival opens with the performance of a poem written by co-founder Dan Mirvish. This year, Dan has drawn inspiration from his recent worldwide film festival tour with his latest film, “Between Us”…



Posted on January 18, 2013 by

“THE LOCAVORE FILMMAKER” – 2012 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING POEM

Every year, the Slamdance Film Festival opens with the performance of a poem written by co-founder Dan Mirvish. For those of you stuck at home, unable to watch Dan deliver the poem in person, here’s the 2012 Slamdance Opening Poem for your reading pleasure…



Posted on January 20, 2012 by

“BRIDESMAIDS” REVISITED: TOP 11 REASONS IT WAS STRANGELY DISAPPOINTING

To be clear, I found “Bridesmaids” to be genuinely entertaining and I’m happy it’s getting awards consideration this season. That said, I saw it in its third or fourth week of general release last summer and I couldn’t help but feel disappointed in a few ways – some objective, some not so much…



Posted on December 22, 2011 by

“CROWDFUND THIS” – 2011 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING POEM

If you can’t be at Slamdance to see Dan’s performance of the opening night poem, I hope being able to read it will make you feel that much closer…



Posted on January 21, 2011 by

TOP 20 LURID HEADLINES FOR NICOLE KIDMAN’S “RABBIT HOLE”

I had been planning on writing a thoughtful and informative piece about the challenges of adapting a hit Off-Broadway play into a movie. But every time I tried to write something, the headline always came out sounding a bit lewd or lurid…



Posted on December 16, 2010 by

THE TALE OF THE 2005 BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL ACADEMY AWARD CAMPAIGN

As word breaks that “The Hurt Locker” producer Nicolas Chartier is being banned from the Oscars for simply sending an email to a few friends that suggests that “Avatar” had a big budget (I thought that was high praise by Hollywood standards?), it’s worth wondering what all the fuss is about. That’s an Oscar campaign!?! Hardly. If you want to see a REAL Oscar campaign you need look no further than what happened in the leadup to the 2005 Oscar for Best Original Musical…



Posted on March 4, 2010 by

OSCAR “THANK YOU” TIME FOR SALE

WINNER OF OSCAR FOR BEST SHORT FILM! Now it just so happens that the director of “The Accountant” is a very nice fellow named Ray McKinnon. His movie is nominated for an Oscar in the shorts category. Why doesn’t Ray make some money by selling all his “thank you” time?



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