Rogue Film School II: Jersey Edition


Yes, Werner Herzog may read Curious George for you in New Jersey if he manages to track it down on You Tube. With the first edition of Rogue Film School (a crash course in filmmaking for people not afraid to forge permits in a military dictatorship and steal cameras from college campuses) already complete in Los Angeles (read this report of someone who apparently (or facetiously is lying about it) snuck into the school here) here is a short promo of the teacher himself shilling for round two which is taking place from June 12th – 14th.

Also, some comments on the reading list for the class here. And for those of you who do not like to read, Werner says you will not make a good filmmaker if you do not read on a diverse number of topics (none of these books on filmmaking itself). Listen to Werner. Read more books.

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This is the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life.

I love how according to the official website, these weekend seminars “will not teach anything technical related to film-making” and if that is what you want then “please enroll at your local film school.” Read a few of the other “official rules” of Herzog’s film school:

-The Rogue Film School is about a way of life. It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible. It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature.

-Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

-Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

-Related, but more reflective, will be a reading list. Required reading: Virgil’s “Georgics” and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”. Suggested reading: The Warren Commission Report, Rabelais’ “Gargantua and Pantagruel”, “The Poetic Edda”, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular The Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo “True History of the Conquest of New Spain”.

Just look at that required reading this. This is incredible. SIGN ME UP.