May 16, 2009
PODCAST: Martin Scorsese and Kent JonesAs announced in yesterday's press release from Cannes, the World Cinema Foundation (a/k/a WCF, founded and chaired by American auteur and all-around goodfella Martin Scorsese) has partnered with indie-film buzzmakers B-Side Entertainment, online cinematheque The Auteurs, and the DVD heroes at Criterion. Dedicated to film restoration and preservation, Scorsese's foundation—whose advisory board includes Wong Kar Wai, Abbas Kiarostami and Guillermo Del Toro—has just unveiled three new projects for 2009: Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day (Taiwan, 1991), Shadi Abdel Salam's Al-Momia (Egypt, 1969), and Fred Zinnemann & Emilio Gomez Muriel's Redes (Mexico, 1936). Under the new partnership, many more eyes will hopefully get to take in the fruits of WCF's efforts. Still in France, Scorsese called me today to discuss this alliance, plus his holy grails of unreleased cinema, and what he considers the greatest Technicolor film ever made. As a podcast bonus feature, newly appointed WCF executive director Kent Jones also jumps on the line to discuss their "mini-empire of good guys" (why did I say that?) and humor me about Marty's famous motormouth. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Posted by ahillis at May 16, 2009 4:01 PM