There’s a great profile of Zach Gilford in this month’s “Men’s Journal” magazine. Page 50. Check it out!
May 25, 2010
May 12, 2010
Some of you know, one of the ways we’re raising money to pay for the costs of production is through donations. We’ve currently raised about $700,000 and we want to get that up to at least $1 million. Once the costs of production are recouped, we will be “re-gifting” the amount raised through donations to non-profits that support rivers and fish. If the film does well, that amount will increase. It’s a way to not only pay attention to the issues, but to do something about them. I attribute the inspiration for this to 1% for the Planet….although for “The River Why” this will be closer to 25%….and possibly more.
We would welcome anyone who wants to get involved with this effort. When we reach “re-gift” time, you will have a say in where your portion goes.
The San Francisco Film Society is our fiscal sponsor. To donate, please go to:
May 10, 2010
There will always be many interpretations of great works of art and literature, the best (and simplest) example being “Romeo and Juliet” in tights and flowing gowns re-interpreted as “Westside Story” in jeans. But I especially like how Jam-Tex encourages the broadest appreciation of the experience.
Music, Culture, and History
The River Why
Last week I got to see the world premier of the film The River Why at the Dallas International Film Festival. The movie is based on the book The River Why by David James Duncan. Duncan is a famed environmental and philosophical fiction writer that weaves fantastic narratives about fishing, religion, and baseball. Duncan should be a staple of American literature. Not only is the River Why an amazing read, but so is the heart-wrenching The Brothers K, an excellent work set in the Vietnam War era.
For the most part, it is common knowledge that the book is always better than the movie. This is the case for The River Why, but that does not mean the filmmakers failed. Quite the contrary, the movie version of The River Why is really good. The film captured many of the philosophical underpinnings of the book. The book leaves the natural world to one’s imagination. Whereas the movie brings the wonderful nature of an Oregon river basin alive. My advice would be to read the book and see the movie.
Kristi: I agree. Read the book. See the movie. In whatever order you prefer.