[*Corrected. I originally thought only 5 were made, but that’s how many Chi has to give out himself. 50 were made in total. Holla at me in my ask box if that’s something you need in your life badly enough to require details on where it can be purchased.]
I plugged this film a million times during its festival run (as an executive producer would) but today’s the day. SUN DON’T SHINE opens in New York (Cinema Village) and Seattle (The Grand Illusion) theaters and everywhere VOD. See it for $5 from Amazon or iTunes. It’s like Kickstarter, but you get the reward instantly.
I had been a film critic for seven months when I saw his first film, in 1967. It was titled I Call First, later changed to Who’s That Knocking at My Door. I saw it in “the submarine”—the long, low, narrow, dark screening room knocked together out of pasteboard by the Chicago International Film Festival. I was twenty-five. The festival’s founder, Michael Kutza, was under thirty. Everything was still at the beginning. This film had a quality that sent tingles up my arms. It felt made out of my dreams and guilts. I consider him the most gifted director of his generation, and have joked that I will never stop writing film reviews until he stops making films. —Roger Ebert, an excerpt from Scorsese by Ebert
Martin Scorsese on the passing of Roger Ebert:
“The death of Roger Ebert is an incalculable loss for movie culture and for film criticism. And it’s a loss for me personally. Roger was always supportive, he was always right there for me when I needed it most, when it really counted – at the very beginning, when every word of encouragement was precious; and then again, when I was at the lowest ebb of my career, there he was, just as encouraging, just as warmly supportive. There was a professional distance between us, but then I could talk to him much more freely than I could to other critics. Really, Roger was my friend. It’s that simple. Few people I’ve known in my life loved or cared as much about movies. I know that’s what kept him going in those last years – his life-or-death passion for movies, and his wonderful wife, Chaz. We all knew that this moment was coming, but that doesn’t make the loss any less wrenching. I’ll miss him — my dear friend, Roger Ebert.” —Martin Scorsese, April 4, 2013
Thought I was all out of tears, but surprise! I’m not.
Would you donate to a Kickstarter film project if it meant seeing this guy* in a sex scene? Or does the thought repulse you so much that you’d donate to make sure he doesn’t appear in a sex scene? Either way, donate here and if the project is funded, you’ll be given a chance to vote if the kid stays in the picture or not.