Steven Soderbergh - State of Cinema Address
A very interesting talk on the past, current and possible future state of cinema. Also some interesting commentary on movies vs cinema, and the importance of films being in your voice.
On a voice-related note, this State of Cinema talk reminds me of a dinner Erica and I had with Rodrigo, the night before his film’s Mexico premiere, Rodrigo was saying, despite all the recent bad news of festival rejections, that some filmmakers work hard their entire careers for a chance to make just one film in their own voice… and that For Thousands of Miles was, no matter what happened with festivals or the film’s upcoming release, that no matter what I had made a film in my own voice, and that was something to be proud of.
Cinema is difficult… movie-making in general is a crushing undertaking, but cinema specifically, where, like Steven Soderbergh notes, where every single thing matters, is difficult in an entirely different kind of way. For better or worse, there isn’t a single line, a single shot, a single edit in the film that is there because of number-crunching or lost-battles, and I am proud of that… and I can’t wait to try again with the next film.
Give this talk a listen if you have 40 minutes to spare, it’s well worth it.