Evan Mather has not only a new website, but a new film! Also check out The Making of Les Pantless Menace
a>, PDF doc in full color. I'm also elated that Evan Mather has a well-deserved IMDb entry. (The new film is dated Nov 7; did this make the rounds while I wasn't looking?)
Evan mentions being interviewed for NPR's On the Media. Here's a direct link to the August 5th show
(RA stream broken into pieces, don't be misled by the counter :), as well as the textual rundown. The first story of the show is excellent coverage of the coverage of the LA Jewish commu
nity center shooting (14 mins). The digital film story opens with the D.Film festival that opened here in Seattle, which I had the pleasure to see. Also check out the Stan Freeberg story near the end of the show (I'd
like to own that retrospective someday).
Vert, a, uh, documentary co-directed by Evan, was made for less than $90, according to that On the Media story. I can't believe it. (It's almos
t Dogme, but not quite.)
Atom Films story on this year's Seattle Film Festival Fly Filmmaking workshop.
And if I haven't been deep-linking Evan's site enough: I must say I always wondered what happened to that Star Wars parody contest Atom Films ran earlier this year. The Qui-Gon Show is, as I
take it, the chief result, co-directed by Evan and partially contains the action figure style we know and love. Contains some other stuff, too, including dialog and, uh, voices, that remind us nothing of Evan's solo work. (Too many cooks?) The winning
script was picked by Billy Dee Williams. Evan's archive is the only source I can find on the contest; I notice Atom Films is denying all existence of the project. :)
Despite all the big names attached, I'm having a difficult time getting excited about De Palma's new sci-fi Mission to Mars from the trailer. I think they're showing too much; it may have been better to not show any dialog, especially if it's all like that. Nevertheless, an insider gives a
positive review [SPOILERS] of an early draft of the script. (I notice the official movie site jumped the gun a bit: "actual images and sounds from Mars now online", linking to the official Mars Polar Lander site. Is it me, or does nobody maintain movie web sites?)
I was about to hypothesize that we'll see a boon in sci-fi entertainment in the year 2000, and prove that hypothesis with an appropriate IMDb extended search comparing the year 2000 (genre is Sci-Fi) with 1999. Bu
t of course, the results are misleading, as I'm sure dozens of sci-fi projects due to release in the next year have yet to make it even to the planning stages.
I don't think the Ender's Game movie will make it by the release date specified in IMDb. Once Orson Scott Card put scenes of a working draft on his web site, die-
hard fans cried bloody murder and he had to take them down. Since then (is my timeline correct?), Star Wars's Jake Lloyd took interest in playing Ender,
and Card put up this update on the production company's web site, including material from the new script.