From: Boughton Jason (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 06 2010 - 12:26:32 PDT
Shelly, I'm with you on the fucking, full stop. I'm just not sure that
perfect attention to the high quality of our easthetic production is
all the fucking we need to do, or even always fucking as such. While
we are all off tickling the muse, some part of us needs to be attuned
to the condition of our institutional paramaters, to make sure they
remain supple and porous. Gotta keep the inner cop in check, so he
doesn't mistake all the grunting and howling for inattention, and make
a move. Even bad art, done well, can make for good politics, so fuck
the good art.
On Jun 6, 2010, at 2:07 PM, Shelly Silver <email suppressed>
> a nice quote from flaubert's letters...
> Are we idiots, perhaps? Maybe so, but it is not up to us to say it,
> still less to believe it. However, we should by now have finished
> with our migraines and our failures of nerve... Fear of bad taste
> engulfs us like a fog (a dirty December fog that suddenly appears,
> freezes your guts, stinks, and stings your eyes), not daring to
> advance. Don't you realize how captious we are becoming, that we
> have our own poetics, our own ready‑made ideas, our own rules?... W
> hat we lack is daring. With our scruples we resemble those poor bel
> ievers who daren't live for fear of hell and who wake their confesso
> r early in the morning to unburden their consciences of having had a
> miscarriage in a dream. Let's worry less about results. The thing
> is to keep fucking, keep fucking: who cares what child the muse wi
> ll give birth to? Isn't the purest pleasure in her embraces?
> unfortunately, after embraces comes the quagmire of distribution.
> bringing up baby.
>> Ask yourself, not, should my films be recognized because I'm a
>> filmmaker who is not yet recognized, but rather, am I making
>> original cinema of high quality, work that offers the viewers new and
>> complex experiences in time? Sorry to say, not every film that gets
>> made, even if it was worked on hard, is deserving of most viewers'
>> time. Making superb work, pushing beyond what has been done before,
>> that is the real struggle.
>> Fred Camper
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