I posted the other day about the panel discussion led by The Hollywood Reporter's Anne Thompson on "The New Media Future: The Impact of Broadband on the Creative Process and Content Distribution." The panel included Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, Josh Goldman from Akimbo Systems, Yair Landau, President of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, director Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void) and Dan Scheinman, SVP of Corporate Development for Cisco Systems, which sponsored the event. Cisco has the entire panel discussion up in a podcast now, for your listening pleasure. This was a great discussion with lots of interesting points of view on the impact digital and broadband will have on the future of film. If you're a geek for that kind of stuff, or you were at Telluride and didn't make it to the panel, be sure to check it out.
Today was the last day of the festival, and I was lucky to be able to catch two films that had been eluding me all weekend: Jindabyne, starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne (both in top form) and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr. I'd heard lots of good buzz around Jindabyne all week that, well, I really wanted to see it. The film is about Claire and Stewart, a couple struggling to overcome the effect on their marriage of Claire's nervous breakdown following the birth of their son several years before. The couple's marriage, their friendships, and their relationships with everyone in their small community are challenged when Stewart and three friends find the body of a dead girl in the river on a fishing trip, and decide to leave her in the river until their boys' weekend is over.
I'd heard interesting buzz on Fur. No one seemed to know quite what to say about it, which intrigued me enough to make it my last film here at Telluride. Now that I've seen it, I understand where people were coming from, because I don't even know where to begin in describing it. The film is a fictionalization about photographer Diane Arbus, who was best known before her death by suicide in 1971 at the age of 48 for her stark black and white photographs of people on the fringes of society. Her most famous photograph, "Identical Twins," was mirrored by Stanley Kubrick in The Shining, when Danny meets the ghosts of the twin girls in the hallway. The film is most decidedly not a historically accurate account of Arbus' life; rather, it blends reality and fantasy to try to take the viewer inside Arbus' head at the time in her life when she was chafing from being nothing more than her photographer husband's assistant, yet fighting against the current of the 1950s, when it was a woman's job to stand by her man.
I'll have reviews of both films up soon, along with that interview with Venus director Roger Michell. Tomorrow is a full day of travel as I leave the beauty and majesty of Telluride for the excitement of Toronto. Cinematical will be bringing you tons of Toronto International Film Festival coverage over the next two weeks, including lots of written and video interviews with directors and stars talking about the films they're promoting in the fest. I'm not going to spoil it for you by telling you who they are, you'll just have to check back yourself to find out. See you on the flip side.