Spalding Gray was one of the most engaging talkers/performers/monologists of our time. His work has been documented in a number of films by prominent filmmakers including “Swimming to Cambodia” (Jonathan Demme), “Terrors of Pleasure” (Thomas Schlamme), “Monster in a Box” (Nick Broomfield) and “Gray’s Anatomy” (Steven Soderbergh). While brilliant, Gray was also troubled, lapsing into deep clinical depression following a car crash which left him severely injured and later, led to him taking his own life.
Leave it then to the prolific and talented Steven Soderbergh to construct a fitting tribute to Gray with his latest documentary effort, “And Everything Is Going Fine.” Cut together from 25 years worth of footage, the film constructs a final monologue and obituary of sorts to Spalding Gray, opening a door into the personality that made the performances so engaging and beloved by a legion of fans. We’ll have a review of the film for you next week but here’s the short version: it’s a lovely film, one that perfectly captures the spirit of Spalding Gray and it’s definitely a picture you’ll want to track down.
“And Everything Is Going Fine” will open in limited release on December 10th. The full synopsis and trailer are after the jump. [The Film Stage]
AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE, an incisive and entertaining portrait of Spalding Gray by director Steven Soderbergh provides an intimate look at the master monologist as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray. Soderbergh distills 25 years of rare and revealing footage to construct a riveting final monologue. An official selection of the SXSW, True/False and Edinburgh film festivals, this inspired one-man show is a bittersweet display of the writer-performer’s playful and embattled intelligence, and his gift for tracking universal truths by looking himself squarely in the eye.