Sunday, March 27, 2016

Episode #76 - David Wilson (Gummo)

"That's the heart of independent film...
Figuring out your limitations and then turning them into strengths."

David Wilson had a vision for his dream film festival—and now he has it. The co-founder of Columbia, Missouri's RagTag cinema and now one of the creative heads behind the True/False Film Festival, David has succeeded in transforming the way people can think, imagine, and design a film festival without the prohibitive nature of bending to the economic whims of Hollywood, while also engaging with the most aesthetically groundbreaking cinema without alienating audiences. Peter was lucky to catch David right in the middle of the flurry, and talk to him about his interest in coming back to the Midwest, his own documentary work, and why True/False captures the heart of so many filmgoers, whether they would call themselves cinephiles or not. Finally, the two discuss Harmony Korine's Gummo, a film that David hated so much because of its fictional representation, until it began to appear more and more like a documentary.

0:00-3:10 Opening
4:03-10:30 Establishing Shots — Desperately Seeking Susan and Lá-Bas
11:15-39:50 Deep Focus — David Wilson
40:37-44:10 Sponsorship Section
45:38-1:01:54 Double Exposure — Gummo (Harmony Korine)
1:01:57-1:03:35 Close
Read more about True/False at their website, learn about Ragtag Cinema here, and follow David Wilson on Twitter.
Check out We Always Lie to Strangers here and Big Birding Day here.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
—More on the concept of Media Literacy
A profile of David during the premiere of We Always Lie to Strangers
—The Bresson ideas come from his book, Notes on the Cinematographer
—Test footage from a Canon 5D DSLR camera
—A PBS article exploring documentaries since the 2002 box office boom
Based on a True Story
—More on John Murray
—David talks more about Sundance and True/False here
—David recommends: Starless Dreams, Thy Father's Chair, and Those Who Jump

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