Oscar-winning writer/director Roger (Killing Zoe, Pulp Fiction) Avary has been a dominant online presence before it was fashionable. He had what was arguably one of the first well-known film blogs, a journal of what he was doing while working on various projects. He embraced Twitter while dealing with a personal crisis early this year, usually updating it with what seemed to be excerpts from screenplays. While he directed Killing Zoe, and subsequent projects, he is primarily known as a screenwriter. Avary’s career has been an unusual one, seemingly because it blossomed because of his friendship with Pulp Fiction collaborator Quentin Tarantino. There’s a long fabled history of the two working on each other’s projects, inspiring one another, and later fracturing their friendship. After the Pulp Fiction Oscar win in 1995, Avary became a successful script doctor in Hollywood and soon began work on writing and directing passion projects, most notably the underrated Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, The Rules of Attraction (2002).
His career has been interrupted with a conviction of vehicular manslaughter after a January 2008 car accident in which a passenger in his car was killed. In September 2009, Avary was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. How does someone like Roger Avary, who is known for his violent and dark screenplays, handle prison? Well, supposedly, one outlet has become Twitter. His official Web site links to @Avary as his Twitter account. The screenplay excerpts stopped on September 26, with the words “Fade In.” After that, there have been three consecutive Tweets seemingly from within prison. They are, as follows:
The loudspeaker in each cell blurts out commands (“Number 34 report to Control!”) and is able to listen in on inmate conversations.
1:22 PM Oct 31st from Twitterrific
The channels on the Rec Room television cannot be changed, and it’s inexplicably always tuned to Fox.
2:19 PM Oct 30th from web
The building is an imposing example of the Brutalist architectural movement. The windows are designed so as to not let too much light in.
3:06 PM Oct 29th from web
Is this really coming directly from Avary himself? From prison? Is this common?