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Thursday, April 08, 2004  

Biting the Hand That Feeds
I support labor. This country was built on its Guilds and Unions, and without them we would be in bad shape indeed. But when you mix art and labor politics you get a sticky mess indeed. Case in point Hollywood Maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (one of my heroes to be sure) has resigned his membership from the DGA because his current project, and adaptation of Frank Miller's comic opus "Sin City" will be co-directed by Rodriguez and Miller (and possibly Tarantino which would be just about the greatest thing EVER.) But the DGA has a rule that no guild director can share the "Directed by" credit on a film (which I guess means the Matrix films are not DGA films?) This decision is causing problems from Rodriguez's other projects now that his studio (Paramount) won't allow non-DGA directors to work on films. On one hand the DGA is a powerful and important body that certainly does more good and harm, but on the other hand it is messing with its member's artistic vision. Me thinks the DGA has gone blind to the forest and now only sees trees. But this is why Robert Rodriguez is one of my heroes. He is never complacent and will not hesitate to buck the system. He built his career on breaking rules and now he's made-it big time and he still is a rule breaker. Viva la revolution!

posted by JMV | 4/08/2004 05:23:00 PM
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