Monday, December 10, 2007
Asking for direction
Imagine making a movie. Imagine your movie has a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Gina Gershon and Alison Lohman. Imagine that your movie is praised at festivals and earns raves from most of the film critics who see it. Then imagine that the film struggles for distribution and advertising, grosses about $200,000 and sinks without a trace.

This is the situation faced by indie filmmaker Tom DiCillo, director of "Delirious," and he wonders what the heck happened.

Roger Ebert has a fascinating column on DiCillo and the challenges of indie filmmaking. Check it out here.

Did DiCillo expect too much? Or do moviegoers -- and the film industry -- expect too little?
Hey Todd,
Thanks very much for your mention of my film Delirious and Roger Ebert's article on it. Yes, the theatrical release was certainly a mystery to me. You can read some of the gritty details about it at www.tomdicillo.com. You'll also see there some comments from people across the country (and around the world) who did manage to see the film on the screen. So, the film didn't totally disappear without a trace though after that wretched release I can understand how some could view it that way. That's why I found Ebert's respose to my questions so helpful. I think other filmmakers and filmgoers to will get something from the eloquence and clarity of his article.
Right now I'm focusing on preparing the DVD release which will be in mid-March. I'm hoping it will allow others to see the film we all worked so hard on.
Thanks again for your support.
best,
Tom DiCillo
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