Already one of the most eagerly-anticipated titles at SXSW 2008, has to be Erik Nelson’s documentary Dreams With Sharp Teeth. Not just because it’s the feature directorial debut of Werner Herzog’s latest producing partner, but because the subject of the film is the influential, adored, and controversial writer Harlan Ellison. Ellison is renowned in certain circles, but pretty much a mystery no matter where you turn. He’s undeniably smart and talented, with a list of credits that have gone on to influence some of today’s best sci-fi creators. Some of those he’s influenced (Neil Gaiman, Robin Williams, Ronald D. Moore, etc) are featured in the documentary. But the star of it all is Harlan Ellison, who takes the viewer on a tour through his imagination, his history, and what makes him tick (as well as what ticks him off). Also notable, is the timely way he defends the writer during his many interviews. He spills his opinions of how he feels writers get the short end of the revenue stick, many months before the current WGA strike.
Doc with ‘Sharp Teeth’
Doc with 'Sharp Teeth'
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