February 06, 2017

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Exclusive: Doors band members, director Tom DiCillo on their new documentary

Despite Oliver Stone’s best efforts to reduce the sum total of their contribution to popular culture to creating one of the earliest “sex, drugs and rock & roll” casualties, The Doors were and are an important and influential band: the late Jim Morrison’s existential poetry and polarizing persona, combined with the impeccable chops of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, galvanized the counterculture movement of the late 1960s and changed the face of popular music forever.
As such, it comes as little surprise that not only are fans still interested in exploring their troubled, transgressive history, but the band members themselves are still interested in talking about it. With the cooperation of the remaining band members, director Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) assembled a collection of vintage interviews, unseen period footage, and experimental films by Morrison to create When You’re Strange, a painstaking documentary about The Doors’ glory days that qualifies as perhaps the definitive portrait of the band.
Earlier this week in Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood News sat down with Krieger, Densmore, Manzarek, and DiCillo to discuss the development and production of When You’re Strange, which is being released on April 9. In addition to revealing their feelings about Stone’s 1992 biopic The Doors, Manzarek and Krieger reminded fans and newcomers alike of the inspiration for the band’s name, and reflected on the long, strange trip they’ve taken en route to becoming rock & roll royalty. Click on the video below to watch Hollywood News’ exclusive interview with Manzarek and Krieger:

Next, we spoke to DiCillo about mounting this monumental journey, and Densmore about his eagerness (or reluctance) to revisit a story that has been thoroughly documented. Additionally, the duo talked about the challenges both as artists and documentarians to make sure that the revolutionary context of the band’s rise to fame didn’t seem like the stuff of empty provocation, but a substantial challenge to the status quo. Check out our video interview below:

Finally, check out the film’s theatrical trailer. When You’re Strange opens in limited release on April 9.


SXSW Announces Closing Night Film

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced Chris Morris’ pitch-black satire Four Lions as its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 event, which will take place March 12 – March 20, 2010. The festival will open with the world premiere of Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Cholë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage.
SXSW will also host more than 80 Film Conference panels, which will take place Friday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 16. Previously announced participants for the 2010 SXSW Film Conference include Michel Gondry (The Thorn in the Heart, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down, Pineapple Express), Jeffery Tambor’s Acting Workshop, and Academy Award-winning Argentine composer, solo artist and producer Gustavo Santaolalla, among many others. For full panel descriptions and participants, as well as the complete film lineup and schedule, visit http://sxsw.com/film/.
Additional Feature Films in the 2010 SXSW Film Festival include:
Four Lions (United Kingdom)
Director: Chris Morris. Screenwriters: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell and Chris Morris
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar
American Grindhouse
Director: Elijah Drenner. Screenwriters: Calum Wadell and Elijah Drenner
This feature documentary chronicles the history of the American Exploitation Film. It digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. (World Premiere)
Cargo (Switzerland)
Directors: Ivan Engler and Ralf Etter. Screenwriters: Johnny Hartmann, Thilo Röscheisen, Patrik Steinmann
Cargo is an intelligent science-fiction thriller that puts an electrifying, futuristic spin on present-day preoccupations like flight from reality, and destruction of the environment. Cast: Anna Katharina Schwabroth, Martin Rapold, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Pierre Semmler (U.S. Premiere)
Haynesville: The Hunt for an Energy Future
Director and Screenwriter: Gregory Kallenberg
Haynesville documents the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the nation, its momentous impact on three people’s lives, and the affect this historic find could have on our energy future. (North American Premiere)
A NY Thing
Director & Screenwriter: Olivier Lecot
A French romantic follows his object of desire to New York where over the course of 3 crazed and ardent days he must convince her […]