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8.14.2013

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: Midweek Morning Mixer - 8.14.13


Captain's Log.
Star Date: 8.14.13

"On August 14, 1945, film director Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf. Well, almost. Wenders’ parents wanted to call him Wim, however – despite this being over three months after VE Day – the authorities did not consider this (Dutch) name acceptable for a German baby, so instead he was christened Ernst Wilhelm Wenders. (“Ernst” was the name of his godfather, and “Wilhelm” was the closest Teutonic name to “Wim.”) While his parents were forced to conform, it’s something that Wim himself resisted: in the mid 60s, he dropped out of university to become a painter. He moved to Paris to achieve his dream, and while his quest to get into art school floundered in the City of Lights, he found a home at the Cinemathèque Francaise, where he allegedly watched five movies a day and fell head over heels with film. Returning to Germany, he was accepted into Munich’s newly founded Hochschule für Fernsehen and Film (HFF), and graduated in 1970 with his debut feature, Summer in the City, just completed. Along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he was at the forefront of the New German Cinema movement of the 1970s, distinguishing himself with such films as The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road and The American Friend, movies which looked at a changing Germany using many of the tropes of American cinema." ~~ Focus Features
Why not be like Wim and resist conformity, too? 
And why not start your day learning and thinking about a few questions, such as...

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