By Indiewire | Indiewire September 20, 2001 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: indieWIRE Readers React and Respond
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> indieWIRE DISCUSSION: Various Voices, Various Views
(indieWIRE/09.20.01) -- We've all spent significant parts of our day
contemplating and commenting on the events of the last week. It is with that
in mind that indieWIRE invited our readers to join an unstructured discussion
on our website.
"I can't help but wonder what the effects will be on film," wrote Dan
Steinhart. "Maybe it's an inappropriate time to engage in a discussion on
the future of cinema -- there certainly are more important matters right now
-- but it is times like these that make me realize how significant film is
as a reflection of the world and as a means to understand it."
Steinhart raised an issue that many have pondered. Also considering the
impact on film production, Hollywood's role and wondering if there will be
an increase in war films, or perhaps comedies and musicals, he added, "Will
more films investigate the torturous terrain of human emotions and
relationships? (I certainly hope so.)"
Tom Trinley posted a message regarding an internal debate that is currently
facing many filmmakers (and distributors), that is the responsibility of the
creative community in light of the current climate. With an in-progress
documentary ("Monumentary Myths") that looks at the "the other side of the
story" behind some of America's monuments and historic sites, the filmmakers
are concerned that the movie might offend some during a time of consderable
patriotism. Trinley indicated that the filmmakers decided to make a minor
edits, writing, "We think we were able to maintain the integrity of the
film while also being sensitive to our audience's -- as well as our
own -- feelings."
One discussion participant by the name of Audrey expressed concern about
movies being shelved or scenes of films being cut because they include shots
of the World Trade Center. "I know, some of these omitted shots involve
violence (not involving terrorism) or menacing composition but I'd rather
have that than to deny they ever existed," wrote Audrey, adding, "I for
one, do not choose to begin my life on September 11th. I embrace life as it
was until that moment, and that includes life as it was seen until that
Phil Hall of Open City Communications applauded the move to delay the release of some movies. "While this clearly represents serious financial problems
for the producers and distributors of these films, it offers a comforting
reminder that there are things which are more important than the bottom-line."
Hall also raised an issue that others singled out, the rising intolerance
against Muslims and others." Unfortunately, the crisis has brought out some
of the less appealing aspects of human behavior," Hall wrote, "I am also
appalled at the violence and harassment being directed at people of Arab
heritage and at believers of the Islamic and Sikh faiths (the Sikhs are
being targeted because of their turbans, which some stupid people believe
shows a kinship to the terrorists)." He went on to offer, "Also upsetting
are idiotic comments by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who used the
terrorist attacks to peddle their tiresome diatribes against certain
communities they don't like. These men deserve to be blacklisted from
appearing on television."
Documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bourne weighed in with details of plans to
capture individual reactions to the events by Third World Newsreel. "The
rush for war and revenge is already having a dangerous effect on
communities of color, particularly middle eastern communities," wrote
Bourne. The filmmaker indicated that the organization is providing
facilities and tape for the production of short pieces that will be
archived and compiled by Third World Newsreel, potentially as part of
a public event and/or screening.
"I would hope that filmmakers would let the fear and confusion and new
world disorder filter into their scripts and projects with a subtlety
and more personal perspective," offered indieWIRE Senior Editor Anthony
Kaufman in a response to Dan Steinhart's comments about how current events
might be viewed through movies. Kaufman added, "This event isn't just
tearing apart our city, but at a deeper, more elusive sense of purpose
and meaning, and I can only hope that filmmakers will find the strength
to interrogate these feelings. We'll see..." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: New This Week and An Invitation to Discuss
(indieWIRE/09.19.01) -- While mainstream audiences will likely flock
to the escapist entertainment of Mariah Carey's acting debut "Glitter"
(the only Hollywood film opening Friday), discerning viewers have
decidedly more serious options this weekend."
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