by Mark Rabinowitz
Yesterday, indieWIRE spoke with "Split Screen" creator and oft titled
indie film guru John Pierson, who offered a look at the upcoming new
season of the Independent Film Channel original series.
The show has picked up a host vehicle, an RV, or "Film Mobile" as
some recent Tulsa, Oklahoma residents called it, and John and
crew travel the country documenting the indie world. "The RV goes
places," said Pierson, "so it's really clear that the show is going places. As
opposed to 'Hey, this story is from Kansas, and this one's from Chicago'
-- now we're actually in those places." Pierson is less interested in
interviews with "name celebrities," and is focusing more on "people in
action, doing things." Among the segments on tap for season two are
the story of Barry Tubb ("Top Gun") making an independent western,
riding the range and supervising his oil wells in Snyder, Texas. Tubb later
took the crew to a rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas.," a re-visit
to "Easy Rider" with Dan Haggarty, a segment on whether or not
producer's rep Jeff Dowd in fact is the model for 'The Dude' from the
Coen Brothers' film "The Big Lebowski" and a look at video pirates in
New York City.
One potential change for the show is that, according to Pierson it may
not air on the IFC's sister channel, Bravo. Last season's episodes
premiered on the IFC on Monday and repeated on Bravo as part of their
"IFC Fridays" later that week. "We mistakenly were under the impression
that we were following last year's pattern," said Pierson. He learned
a few weeks ago that after tonight's airing on Bravo, the show would
only be seen on the IFC. "You would think I would've had my ears up and
known sooner (but) whoever's fault it was, I had no clue that wasn't
going to be the pattern this year." The programming schedule on the IFC
has original shows running for 10 weeks and are then repeating, with a
second batch of 10 episodes set to launch in late August.