And Everything is Going Fine
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stephen Soderbergh’s first documentary premiered at Slamdance with aplomb and a bit of heartstring strumming. Spalding Gray, the subject of this documentary, left a family behind after his disappearance/assumed suicide in 2004. Gray’s family was on hand to watch this, his “last monologue,” in front of an audience for the world premiere. The screening is probably how Gray would have wanted it—a huge, industry-filled room anxiously awaiting his first words as the lights came up. Soderbergh made an intuitive choice, using those first words of Gray as opener, and kept with the theme—Gray’s perfect voice for this narrator-less movie. After all, Gray needed no words but his own to paint a scene and this film proves it. The piece is a compilation of interview footage, video of Gray’s monologues and Gray family home movies that act as closure that never came for Gray’s fans and family. I could have done without the juvenile short before the film. It did not add to the experience in what should have been a solo screening befitting the subject matter. That is more a note about programming than substance of the screening though. And Everything is Going Fine stands solo, last testament to a genius performer and man.
Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 7:30pm - Treasure Mountain Inn