Thanks to a little encouragement from my mother I've finally decided to update this.
I spent a couple days trying to find the first film recommended in the book I am reading about independent films. I went to two libraries and a video story before checking youtube (stupid). Luckily all 9 parts are available there- here is the trailer.
"Stranger Than Paradise (1986) follows a bohemian love triangle over the course of about a year. The characters express apathy over almost everything and discuss their views on TV dinners and gambling. Very little happens through the course of the film. The two main actions (driving to Cleveland/Florida and the "surprise ending") are motivated by two separate chance encounters with large sums of money. The film is divided into three main parts, each coinciding with a different setting (New York, Cleveland, and Florida). As the author of "Me And You And Memento And Fargo" J.J. Murphy states, the primary defiance of "classic storytelling" that this film is the use of the ambivalent protagonist. I think the protagonist is actually apathetic as he seems to have no goals at all.
The writing process for this film was also abnormal. According to Jim Jarmusch (writer and director) the film style... "comes from the way I write, which is backwards. Rather than finding a story that I want to tell and then adding the details, I collect the details and then try to construct a puzzle or a story. I have a theme and a kind of mood and the characters but not a plot line that runs straight through. I think that's partly why the narrative takes the form that it does."
This seems to be the method I am using at the moment. My screenplay is slowly starting to take shape. For now all I have is a few characters with some dialogue I know I want to include but no concept of a story line. I'm hoping that if I just keep writing a little each day some common themes and directions will become apparent.
---I plan to start production of the Milwaukee-Downer documentary this week.
--In the pre-production stages of a webisode series with my friend Alicia Bones
---Catherine Tatge has contacted me about helping with a documentary on John Muir. I have worked for her in the past as an intern. I will be assisting with some of the shoot in Wisconsin. More information on this to come!