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indieWIRE Presents: Michel Gondry, Filmmaker, Be Kind Rewind
Filmmaker Michel Gondry will participate in a discussion and show scenes from his latest film, Be Kind Rewind, which stars Jack Black and Mos Def. When a man whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s video store, the pair set out to remake the lost films, including Back to the Future and The Lion King. Be Kind Rewind was edited with Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. The event will be moderated by indieWIRE contributor, Susan Gerhard.

January 7, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Apple Store, San Francisco
One Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-0202

More on Michel and the film below

BE KIND REWIND opens nationwide on Friday, February 22


Feature film director, commercial director, and award-winning music video director, Michel Gondry, often surprises himself with his own extraordinary ideas. Not one to limit himself to a single creative outlet, Gondry embraces each endeavor with the same creative flourish and always looks to entertain his audience with his latest idea or dream. Gondry also recently received a 2005 Academy Award for his original screenplay for ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, for which he created the story alongside Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth.

Next up for Gondry is TOKYO, a triptych film telling three stories about the iconic city. Gondry will join French director Leos Carax and South Korean director Bong Joon-ho on the project. Paris-based Comme des Cinemas will producer with production tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2007.

Gondry is currently in post-production for his next film, BE KIND, REWIND, which he wrote and directed. BE KIND, REWIND stars Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow.

Gondry’s most recent film, THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in September by Warner Independent Pictures. The critical darling of the festival stars Gael Garcia Bernal (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) in a sentimental comedy about a day dreamer (Bernal) who falls in love with his lovely neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and starts to confuse his dreams with reality. Earlier this year, Focus Feature’s Rogue Films released the critically acclaimed DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY, which Gondry developed and produced with Dave Chappelle. DAVE CHAPPELLE’S BLOCK PARTY was filmed in September 2004 in the streets of New York City and features performances by Dave Chappelle, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, The Roots, Common, Dead Prez and a special reunion of The Fugees.

2004 marked the release of Gondry’s much-lauded ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, as a couple attempting to rescue their failing relationship by having their bad memories erased. ETERNAL… was the second collaboration between Gondry and the Academy Award-winning writer Charlie Kaufman, with whom he conceptualized the story. The film was released theatrically on March 19, 2004 by Focus Features and on DVD in September of the same year. It went on to become one of the best reviewed films of 2004.

In 2003, Gondry saw the successful launch of THE WORK OF DIRECTOR MICHEL GONDRY, which features a DVD collection of his work as well as a book which includes Michel’s stories, drawings, photographs and interviews. Included on the DVD is the personal full-length documentary, I’VE BEEN 12 FOREVER. The film highlights interviews with some of Gondry’s previous collaborators, including Björk, Daft Punk, Beck and Dave Grohl. Gondry himself appears in the film describing the inspiration behind many of his projects. Additionally, in an effort to highlight his personal influences, there are upfront interviews with family members, including his mother and young son, Paul, who is an aspiring creative force in his own right. The DVD was released under the newly launched Directors Label under the Palm Pictures banner in November 2003 and has since been well-reviewed by critics and embraced by both the filmmaking and music communities.

HUMAN NATURE, Gondry’s first film, premiered at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival and to U.S. audiences at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, before being released by Fine Line Features in April 2002. HUMAN NATURE, starring Patricia Arquette and Tim Robbins, is a philosophic look at the sometimes tragic, but quite human, interplay between an abnormally hirsute author, a feral young man, a kindly electrolysist, a repressed rodent researcher and his nubile French assistant.

When not contemplating the politics of personal relationships or body hair, Gondry is a highly regarded commercial and music video director. One of his first commercials, Levis’ “Drugstore” (1994), garnered the Lion D’Or at Cannes and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most award-winning commercial of all time. Among his other notable credits are Levi’s “Mermaids,” silver medal winner at the Clio Awards and as well as a bronze at Cannes; and Smirnoff’s “Smarienburg” (1997), which captured gold medals at Cannes and the Clio Awards. Most recently, Michel completed Diet Coke’s “Bounce” featuring Adrian Brody which began airing last summer, Levi’s “Bellybuttons” spot, and a series of spots for Gap’s lyrical “That’s Holiday” campaign.

Gondry got his start while studying graphics at a French art school when he began directing videos for the band Oui Oui, for which he played drums. The clip’s success attracted other local bands, and it wasn’t long before he was working internationally. In 1993 Gondry met pop singer Björk, commencing one of his longest and most successful professional creative relationships. Their first collaboration, the video for “Human Behavior,” won practically every existing music video award. Gondry went on to helm another five of Björk’s videos, including “Joga” and “Bachelorette,” while also collaborating with such wide-ranging artists as The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Cibo Matto, Kylie Minogue, The Willowz, The Polyphonic Spree, Steriogram and Gary Jules. Most recently, Gondry directed his fourth video for The White Stripes, “The Denial Twist” featuring Conan O’Brien, in which Gondry recreates a distorted version of the week the Stripes appeared on “Late Night” in 2003, as well as Kanye West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” shot entirely on location at Macy’s in New York for a special 2005 holiday release.

Gondry currently resides in New York with his son.

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New Line Cinema Presents




Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, and Mia Farrow

Jack Black stars in Be Kind Rewind, a one-of-a-kind comedy from the mind of writer/director Michel Gondry (Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Black stars as a loveable loser stuck in a life that’s too small for his big dreams. But when he unintentionally erases all the tapes in a video store where his best friend works, he devises a plan to satisfy the store’s few loyal customers by re-creating and re-filming every movie they decide to rent. Be Kind Rewind features a cast that includes Mos Def, Danny Glover, and Mia Farrow. It is scheduled for a January 25, 2008 release.

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