|1.||The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Episode: American Cinema of the 70s (2011)
The Story of Film examines American cinema in the period of 1967-1979 also known as New American Cinema. Films of this time generally fell into three types: satirical films that mocked society and the times, dissident films that challenged the conventional style of cinema, and assimilationist films that rework old studio genres with new techniques. Satirical films include the work of Frank Tashlin, Buck Henry, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Milos Forman. Dissident films include the work of Dennis Hopper, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Charles Burnett, and Woody Allen. Assimilationist films include the work of Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah, and Terrence Malick. It also looks at the assimilationist classics qv##tt0068327##, qv##tt0068646##, and qv##tt0071315##.
|2.||The Seventh Fire
When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future - becoming the biggest drug dealer on the reservation. Terrence Malick presents this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the gang crisis in Indian Country.
|3.||Ebert Presents: At the Movies
(2010 TV Series)
Episode: Episode #1.19 (2011)
Christy and Ignatiy review "The Tree of Life," "Kung Fu Panda 2," and "Forks Over Knives"; Roger reviews "The Hangover Part II" and "Make Believe"; Chaz Ebert reports from the Cannes Film Festival; Kartina Richardson discusses Terrence Malick's "Badlands."
|4.||The Marriage of Charlie Johnson
Victims of the dot-com boom and bust, a couple - NICK and CHARLETON (Charlie) - escape from their crumbling lives in San Francisco to the pristine Anderson Valley where JAY, Charlie's godfather, owns a winery. In this bucolic small town, home to many boutique vineyards, Nick and Charlie just want regroup from their business failure where they lost everything. Jay, however, is close to death after a long struggle with cancer, and seeks to leave his vineyard to a young illegal immigrant named Edgar who has cared for Jay and his property for the last years of his life. Jay proposes that Charlie marry Edgar so that he may legally inherit, and the three young people are swept away by visions of a simple, unfettered life. However, the trio's nascent ambitions and jealousies soon threaten their expectations of pastoral bliss and the secrets of the past may soon doom this idyllic existence forever. Inspired by the works of Terrence Malick, most notably Days of Heaven, THE MARRIAGE OF CHARLIE JOHNSON is a poetic and lyrical exploration of immigration, ownership, forgiveness and the death of the American Dream.
|5.||A Girl Named Cinema
(2013 Short Film)
A GIRL NAMED CINEMA is a single-take love letter to filmmaking, an homage to French New Wave, and an outcry at the decline of the movie industry all wrapped in one. Inspired by Common's celebrated 'I Used to Love H.E.R.', music video director Court Dunn (Common, Talib Kweli, Theophilus London) uses the character of a woman as an extended metaphor for the film industry, citing direct quotes and stylistic references to over 39 films and 37 directors including: Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Federico Fellini, Jean-luc Godard, Michel Gondry, Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Jarmusch, Buster Keaton, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, George Lucas, Terrence Malick, Yasujiro Ozu, Park Chan-wook, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Speilberg, Gus Van Sant, Orson Welles, Wong Kar-wai
(2008 Short Film)
Sam (Dylan Klish) is nine years old and struggling to accept his parents' divorce while experiencing his own loss of innocence. Jane (Candace Taylorson) divorced Oliver (Adam McCort) due to his refusal to deal with his mental illness and his history of abuse towards her and Sam. Sam has a strong bond with Jane whom he now seldom sees due to her new work schedule since the divorce. Sam blames his father for the divorce and is beginning to express his anger through an increasing fascination with death, including killing and torturing insects and small animals. 'The Sacrifice' is primarily a silent film with Sam's story mostly seen through his memory, nightmares, and heard through his voiceover. The primary influences for 'The Sacrifice' were Michael Haneke's 'Benny's Video', David Lynch's 'The Grandmother', Terrence Malick's 'Badlands', and John Wyndham's 'The Midwich Cuckoos.'
|7.||Count to a Hundred
(2014 Short Film)
Logline: When his life is lonely and boring, a boy imagines the worst on his family farm. 'Count to a Hundred' is a seven minute short film of childhood imagination and adventure. Inspired by the films of Terrence Malick, the film contrasts a child's energy with landscape serenity, utilizing the wide expanse of a farm location. The film offers adult audiences a reminder of their own childhood whimsies, fear, and imagination.
|8.||Willpower: An Afterschool Special
(2013 Short Film)
Willpower: An Afterschool Special is the story of a sick young man who desperately wants help, but finds himself drunk on the power that he believes a gun gives him. Inspired by the Terrence Malick film Badlands, Willpower tells the story of a school shooting from the perspective of the perpetrator, Sam, a troubled student who gets pushed over the edge.
(2013 Short Film)
A mash-up of the cinematic styles of five well known directors, as applied to a trivial scenario of two college roommates fighting. The film presents this setup and then approximates how Terrence Malick, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, and Michael Bay would have directed it. The movie is both a tribute to, and a satire of, the work of these auteurs.