“People ask him how he does it,” Linklater said. “It’s like anything else in art or performance: it’s called fucking talent.”
Pretty awesome quote right there. That’s from a great article about “Up to Speed” from The New Yorker posted by Andrew Marantz.
Rick’s talking about Timothy “Speed” Levitch, by the way. Marantz writes:
Imagine, then, riding a double-decker bus past Sheridan Square and hearing, over the P.A. system, a pinched, manic voice that sounds like Lenny Bruce speaking through a kazoo. “Fear: a basic theme of all of our lives. Afraid on the streets of Greenwich Village under threat of assassination, and the assassins are our dreams.” You are not dreaming. The voice belongs to Timothy (Speed) Levitch, the world’s premier avant-garde tour guide.
The show is set to premiere on Hulu tomorrow, August 9, starting with the San Francisco episode. This is one of the best things I’ve ever cut, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of promoting the awesomeness that is “Up to Speed.”
There once was a girl who was considered a delinquent of her high school class. She always showed up to class 15 minutes late. Finally her teacher said, "That's it, girl. I'm giving you detention for a week." "FINE! GAH!" the girl said, and stormed out of class.
Before detention was to start, the girl decided to have a cigarette under the bleachers.
A sweet and friendly kitten walked up to her and said, "Excuse me, but can I bum a cigarette from you?"
The girl said, "No."
So the kitten jumped on her face and flailed at her with his razor sharp claws. "Gimme a cigarette! Gimme a cigarette! Gimme a fucking cigarette, Goddammit!" until finally the girl said, "Fine, here you go, gah!" and handed over a smoke for the kitten.
The two stood there and smoked quietly for quite a while.
The girl sighed and said, "I'm so sick of my teacher. She gave me a week's detention because I've been late to class every day this year. I can't believe it."
The kitten said, "So wait...you showed up late every day this year...and now you 'can't believe' she gave you detention?
"Sounds like you need to get your shit together," the kitten told her.
After a couple of puffs, the girl said, "You're right."
BOMBSHELTER FILMS is Mike Saenz’s production company.
Mike Saenz graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has written and edited works for film and television.
Saenz is a two time Sundance Film Festival veteran (writer/director of 2002’s"Casablanca," and editor of 2006’s"Special.")
"Dodge" is his feature writing/directorial debut...currently in pre-production in Texas.