from the movie "Did I Say Thousand Island?"
These days, everybody wants to make a movie. And with
today's technology, just about anyone can. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge, the rise of the indie film. Chris Gore talks about
"My Big Fat Independent Movie." And we'll meet a former waitress
who spent her life-savings to make a movie about the food service industry.
Also, screenwriter David Mamet on what the Hollywood biz, and the blockbuster
he'll never make.
Mamet has written Tony Award winning plays like "Glengary Glen
Ross" and Oscar nominated screenplays, including "Wag the
Dog" and "The Verdict." He's just written a book about
his experiences in Hollywood, called "Bambi Versus Godzilla."
Mamet talks with Steve Paulson and says the secret to writing a successful
screenplay is to focus on what happens next. That's all the audience
Gore is the so-called "pit bull of movie journalism,"
and the creator of "Film Threat" magazine. He's also the screenwriter
and producer of "My Big Fat Independent Movie." He discusses
with TTBOOK's Doug Gordon (the self-styled "labradoodle of movie
journalism") whether of not DVD commentary tracks are as good as
film school. Also, Patti DiVita is a waitress in Elkorn, Wisconsin,
and what's wrong with that? She tells Jim Fleming how she was inspired
to make a movie about people in the food service industry, even though
she knew nothing about how to make a movie and had no backers. But "Did
I Say Thousand Island?" is finished and had its premiere in Denver,
Scott Topper provides a commentary on the power of films on the
minds of film-goers. Also, Mira Nair is an Oscar nominated, India-
born film-maker who divides her time between America and the sub-continent.
She is best known for her films "Mississippi Masala" and "Monsoon
Wedding." Her new film is called "The Namesake" and she
tells Jim Fleming it's based on a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.
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|David Mamet, Bambi vs. Godzilla:
On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business (Pantheon)
|Patti DiVita, Did I Say Thousand
week of 05/04/2008 - hour 1
week of 03/18/2007 - hour 1
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