Spur­lock set to share doc­u­men­tary wis­dom at DIFF 2017

Franco hopes ‘Dis­as­ter Artist’ con­veys pas­sion of worst film ever made

Arab Times - - FEATURES -

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.”

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