July 13, 2012

Making a measured response

Is this what it's come down to?

[The following is cross-posted from the Rosegarden Television website.]

If nothing else, than 2012 will go down for Rosegarden as a year marked by cinematic waste.

This year we saw three films exactly — Wim Wenders’ 3D feature Pina (in honour of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch), the Oscar–winning A Separation, and Ram Gopal Varma’s somewhat disappointing Department.

While it’s too soon to write off the whole year — we still want Iron Sky (which finally has a North American agent in Entertainment One) and Patang, for example — the amount of energy, nonrenewable resources, money and human talent wasted on the rest of this year’s lineup so far is rather depressing to us.

How depressing?

Enough to seek relief in discontinued Video CD (VCD) and DVD video disks of older Hindi and Tamil movies from a 14th Street store in Manhattan.

Enough to hole up with a Roku box and subscriptions to Mela, MUBI, and Fandor.

And enough for us to carefully consider how we will make our first feature movies.

We know already what they will be about. And we know why we want to make them.

It’s only a matter of when.