Vision Scope and Financing: News from Sundance The Red Chapel is a Case Study in Making a Film That Has Meaning
In this provocative post from Sundance, Karina Longworth, writing for The Village Voice online, analyzes the message of what she has called a "batshit insane" film ("message" and "insanity"?), The Red Chapel, which is screening in the World Documentary Competition at the 2010 Festival.
Notice how Ms. Longworth (one of my favorite writers about the current indie scene) talks about common themes of Borat and The Red Chapel. The narrative and characters are discussed, and the challenges of making a subversive film in North Korea are clearly a great story, but what makes The Red Chapel special may be what it has to say about hypocrisy, ignorance and shame.