Today would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 83rd birthday. There is a reason that launching a fundraiser today for “Outside In” is very appropriate.
In 1985, I was at a library in Knoxville, TN watching movies on VHS, trying to catch up on the many films I had missed as a kid. I put in a tape of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and watched it on the tiny 13″ TV.
I was simply blown away. I had no idea movies could be like this — so rich, complex, mysterious and elegant about things that excited me – science, space, exploration, the unknown.
Later, as I studied film and became aware of the craft, “2001” became even more special. The amazing editing, sound design, cinematography, use of music (Kubrick was a pioneer in using existing music as score) was a huge influence on not only me, but generations of filmmakers.
“2001” probably inspired more filmmakers that any other film and is a landmark in cinematic history. Of course, on release it struggled with the critics. But today, it’s one of the most influential films ever made.
The entire concept and execution of “Outside In” is based on what I learned watching and dissecting “2001“. Most importatly, if you want to truly engage an audience on both a primal and intellectual level: show, don’t say. Cinema is about visuals, sound and music. Not talking or reading. “2001” demonstrates the power of this. Hopefully, “Outside In” can live up to this standard.
That’s why, from the beginning, Outside In is “in memory of Stanley Kubrick”. May he rest in peace but live on the screen forever.