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Popatopolis (2009)

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In 20 years He's directed more films than Martin Scorsese, He's produced more profitable movies than Jerry Bruckheimer, And he's infuriated more actors than Alfred Hitchcock. The ultimate B Movie Documentary, focusing on B Movie Giant Jim Wynorski (and B Movie Celebration Mentor) and his attempt to make a feature film in 3 days.He's directed seventy feature films, but he's never made one... in THREE DAYS .Jim cuts the shooting schedule, has the actors cook their own food. A documentary featuring B-Movie legends Roger Corman, Andy Sidaris, Julie Strain, Julie K. Smith and Stormy Daniels, Popatopolis follows Jim Wynorski as he begins to film one of his many opuses "Witches of Breastwick" Jim's frenetic pace demands 100 setups per day (the Hollywood standard is 20), and he reduces his electric package to just two lights so he can concentrate on the task at hand.A great overview of a true master at work and in many ways a laser sharp dialectic on the state of B filmmaking today. Written by Bill Dever

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He's directed seventy feature films, but he's never made one... in THREE DAYS.

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For All Of The Frugal Film Makers
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Jim Wynorski is a character in himself. This documentary is more than a notorious B-Movie director attempting to film a movie in three days, its about the director behind it all. Jim is funny, angry, talented, and some might say a bit crazy. His famous catch phrase, "Hate It!" is a definite theme throughout the film. Watching this short-tempered director bark orders at his crew of two, and D-list actors is often uncomfortable but also entertaining. You learn about Jim's past from his adorable mother who says,"He was always a loner." and "He's a director..right?". I found this documentary absolutely hilarious and interesting. The film maker in me really needed to know HOW was this man going to make a feature, even a B-movie, in THREE DAYS?! And with a two man crew?! The concept seemed so absurd to me, and probably most people. But to see how resourceful he is was a learning experience. The documentary will definitely make you laugh and is a must see for anyone who is into the now dying genre of B-Movies. Popatopolis is also perfect if you are a aspiring or even successful film maker.


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