Spurlock set to share documentary wisdom at DIFF 2017
Franco hopes ‘Disaster Artist’ conveys passion of worst film ever made
DUBAI, Nov 14, (Agencies): Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will grace DIFF’s red carpet and bring his unique industry perspective to the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). He will be joined by his co-writer and producer Jeremy Chilnick and producer Matthew Galkin for the regional premiere of his latest documentary, ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ on Saturday, Dec 9 at 18:30 at the Madinat Souk Theatre followed by and extended Q&A session.
The Festival will also host a must-attend ‘In Conversation’ event with Spurlock in the Dubai Film Market’s Forum at the Festival headquarters on Monday, Dec 11 at 15:30-16:30 which is open to the public.
Spurlock, Chilnick, and Galkin oversee the multiplatform production company, Warrior Poets, founded in 2004. The company produced film and TV titles including ‘Super Size Me,’ ‘Tough Guys,’ and the Oscar-shortlisted ‘Eagle Huntress’ (2016), which was screened at DIFF in 2016. Both events are a chance for fans of documentary filmmaking to hear from one of the masters of the format. Spurlock will discuss his own journey into films and production, and the process of putting himself in front of the camera.
Hailing from West Virginia, Spurlock is an award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer, as well as the president and founder of the full-service, New York-based production company Warrior Poets. He broke onto the non-fiction scene with the premiere of ‘Super Size Me’ (2004) at the Sundance Film Festival, gaining Best Director honours. A shocking investigation into the influence of the fast food industry, the film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America Best Documentary Screenplay award, as well as receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.
Since then, Spurlock has directed and produced award-winning films, digital series and television programmes including ‘Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?’ (2008) and ‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’ (2011), on the influence of product placement and marketing in the industry. Spurlock’s sequel to the 2004 documentary, ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’, will be screen at the 14th Festival as part of the Cinema of the World category.
Ticket packages for the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival which will take place from Dec 6-13 and tickets to the Forum are on sale now. For more information on ticket packages and registration for media, students and industry professionals, visit the DIFF website at diff.ae.
LOS ANGELES: When James Franco set out to direct “The Disaster Artist,” a faux behind-the-scenes look at the making of 2003’s “The Room,” often called one of the worst films ever made, he said it was not to poke fun at the “Room” creator Tommy Wiseau.
Franco, who also stars as the eccentric, strangely accented Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist,” said he believed the film conveyed Wiseau’s passion for the medium, despite “The Room” being critically panned.
“He is an artist in that sense, so (‘The Room’) is a disaster and it’s a piece of art,” Franco said in an interview at Sunday’s premiere of “The Disaster Artist” at the American Film Institute (AFI) festival in Los Angeles.
Franco recruited his brother Dave Franco to star as Wiseau’s co-star and friend Greg Sestero, who co-wrote the book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made,” which Franco’s film is based on.
“We never wanted to make fun of ‘The Room’ or Tommy Wiseau,” said Dave Franco.
“On the contrary, we wanted to celebrate Tommy and we wanted to celebrate this movie and celebrate people who have dreams and don’t take no for an answer,” he added.
In “The Disaster Artist,” rolling out in US theaters from Dec 1, Wiseau and Sestero become disillusioned with Hollywood and decide to make their own film, which Wiseau funded, directed and starred in.
The film shows that even now, nobody knows Wiseau’s age, where he is originally from and how he had $6 million to create the “worst film ever made.”
“People would make fun of ‘The Room’ but 15 years later it’s still selling out cinemas across the world,” Sestero said.
“At this point, how can you call it the worst movie? It’s a success, you know.”