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“Pull ze Strings!": Ed Wood - A Salute to Incompetence

by Sean Axmaker

"Is Ed Wood the worst director who ever lived? Harry and Michael Medved crowned the cross-dressing auteur with that dubious honor in the their backhanded tribute to trash cinema The Golden Turkey Awards, and his reputation has since grown to mythic proportions." A brand new collection of Ed Wood's films have been released on DVD; The Ed Wood Collection - A Salute to Incompetence. Read on as Sean Axmaker revisits Woods' career and the indelible impression he left on cult cinema.

 

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Mira Nair: What's in a Name?

By Sara Schieron

"While Mira Nair was dubbing for Vanity Fair, star Gabriel Byrne came to her raving about Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, The Namesake. The novel, which follows the Ganguli family from their arranged marriage in Calcutta through their immigration to New York and the growth of their son, is ideal material for Nair, whose films are often about people creating paths between old ways and new surroundings. Perhaps it wasn't such a coincidence that Byrne caught Nair mid-read." Sarah Schieron caught up with Nair to discuss her new film. The Namesake opens in theaters today.

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Mike Mills: Film, Conversation, and the State of the Human Soul

Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"Graphic designer, music video and commercial director Mike Mills has made his first feature, Thumbsucker. In a wide-ranging and candid talk with Jonathan Marlow, he recalls the challenges and triumphs, confesses to an obsessive love for one film and speculates about his wide open future." Mike Mills will be screening his second and newest film; Does Your Soul Have a Cold - a feature length documentary about the introduction of antidepressants in Japan - this weekend at SXSW.

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Confessions of a Burning Man: Trivia Contest

Another Burning Man doc, you sigh? But wait, this one's different! Confessions of a Burning Man follows four first-timers ("virgins") as they attempt to navigate the week-long event held in the Nevada desert. Their personal journeys are windows into the heart of Black Rock City, a virtual, temporary town of 30,000 revelers and artists. The DVD features commentary from the filmmakers David Silverman, a writer for The Simpsons. Or you can watch it on-demand on GreenCine, via our VOD service. And while you're at it, why not take a stab at GreenCine's latest trivia contest, in which you can win the next best thing to Burning Man tickets - a copy of Confessions of a Burning Man on DVD.

To be eligible for the prize, send an email with the correct answer to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and (if you're a GreenCine member) your username in the email, and "Burning Man" in the subject header. Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. The deadline is Monday, March 12, at 12PM PST. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter, and right here on this space.

The question: Where was Burning Man first held, before moving to the Nevada desert? (Name the city and the location in that city.)

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Win a DVD! Apartment Zero trivia contest

GreenCine is giving away copies of the new-to-DVD film Apartment Zero to five lucky winners of our new trivia contest. The 1988 black comedy/erotic thriller, directed by Argentinian Martin Donovan (no, not that one), is set in Buenos Aires and centers around two disturbed roommates (played by Brit Colin Firth and Canadian Hart Bochner). "Creepy and original," wrote Christopher Null on Filmcritic.com. "Donovan's direction recalls Polanski and his and [David] Koepp's script exudes Hitchcock. A better combo I couldn't give you."

To be eligible for the prize, send an email with the correct answer to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and "Apartment Zero" in the subject header. Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. The deadline is Friday, February 23, at 12PM PST. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter, and right here on this space.

The Question: What epic 80s mini-series did Hart Bochner star in?

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