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NewsMarch 7th, 2016
For the Gus Van Sant retrospective at the Paris Cinematheque in France from April 13th to July 31, several events may be of interest to River Fans:
- Gus Van Sant master class : April 14, 2016 - 7pm. Tickets can be bought online from March 19, 2016 on the Cinematheque website.
- a conference by Jean-Marc Lalanne about River Phoenix, "the numb angel" - in French. May 5, 2016 - 7pm.
The videos should be available on the Cinematheque website shortly after.
Followed by a screening of :
- My Own Private River, by James Franco : May 5, 9:15pm
More movie screenings :
- Idaho, by James Franco : May 25, 7:30pm - James Franco's edit of MOPI
- My Own Private River, by James Franco : May 25, 7pm
- My Own Private Idaho, by Gus Van Sant : April 16, 7:30pm. May 4, 5pm. May 18, 9:45pm.
Natalie Merchant has released a CD and DVD celebrating the 20 years of her album Tigerlily. It features a live recording of her tribute song "River" with friends talking about River Phoenix. I also added to the Tributes page three books, one by James Franco, another featuring a text from him on River, and an essay on Afterlife as Afterimage that features comments from the River Phoenix Pages.
I added to the Links page a fellow website to the links page : Remember River Phoenix. They now have a Facebook group.
October 31, 2015
New exclusive perks have been added to the "Never Give Up" crowdfunding project : T-shirts, as well as two unique pieces : a 1:1 copy of the original Dark Blood slateboard date October 30, 1993, and George Sluizer's own copy of the Dark Blood Scenario used while shooting the movie.
My Own Private Idaho was shown as part of a tribute to Keanu Reeves at the Deauville Film Festival, on September 5th, 2015. He briefly mentioned River in his thank you speech. The festival also aired a documentary about Sidney Lumet (see the Running on Empty page).
MOPI was also shown in 2013 at the Toronto Internation Film Festival as part of a Keanu Reeves retrospective.
Criterion is releasing the movie on Blu-Ray in reedition with multiple bonuses.
The Paris Cinematheque will hold an exhibition and retrospective about Gus Van Sant in 2016 (see the MOPI page for details about all of these).
Photographer Michael Tighe wrote a piece about his work with River (see also the Press page).
October 7, 2015 :
August 23, 2014 : I added a review with screencaps and several articles about the new documentary about River Phoenix by Broadview TV, in their series "Too Young to Die".
July 28, 2014 : ATTENTION, GERMAN AND FRENCH FANS : the new documentary about River Phoenix by Broadview TV, in their series "Too Young to Die", with air in France and Germany on Arte, the German / French associated channel, on Saturday, August 9. It will be part of the Summer of the 90es theme special programming. Official page on Arte with trailer here (French). Official page on Arte with trailer here (German).
March 5, 2014 : a kind soul and fellow fan uploaded the Channel 4 documentary "This Road will never end" on Youtube. You can save the video by copying the link in this website : http://www.clipconverter.cc/ . Thank you Stash Puppet!
March 2, 2014 : I added scans of a French article published in the November 2013 issue of Grazia magazine about Gavin Edwards' biography of River. There's a River-related crowdfunding project in Japan at the moment, but I can't figure out exactly what they're trying to do. Apparently a mini-River-festival in Japan for the release of Dark Blood there in May? They seem to want to couple it with a release of Sam Shepard's Silent Tongue as well. If you know more, please let me know. Also, for the Japanese release of Dark Blood, an official website has been set up, with videos and promo pictures.
February 25, 2014 : I added links to various articles about the Dark Blood screening at the Glasgow Film Festival, on Dark Blood's page.
February 20, 2014 : Dark Blood will have a national release in Japan in May 2014.
February 17, 2014 : almost a year after Dark Blood was shown at the Berlinale festival, Scottish fans will also get a chance to see it on the big screen at the Glasgow Film Festival, on Monday February 24, 2014, at the GFT at 6:30 pm. This will be the UK premiere. More info on the showing here. George Sluizer interview on the Herald Scotland from Feb. 15, 2014.
October 31, 2013 : to commemorate the 20th anniversary of River's death, the River Phoenix Pages have been re-designed a bit. New content has been added : a new biography has been released a few days ago (see Bios & Doc Page), and three articles (2 in French, and a short one in English) were added to the Press page.
October 31, 2012 : thanks to George and Anouik Sluizer, I was able to see Dark Blood at the Netherlands Film Festival. Find a report on the event here.
August 23, 2012 : DARK BLOOD has been completed.
June 18, 2012 : FAN HELP NEEDED TO FINISH DARK BLOOD!
October 31, 2011 : New scan article has been added on the articles page.
March 31, 2011 : I split biographies and documentaries about River on a distinct page, separate from the Tributes page, as there are now a lot of bios and tributes as well. It's especially for the release of James Franco's two experimental movies made with the rushes from My Own Private Idaho, "Endless Idaho" and "My Own Private River", that you can still see at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles until April 9, 2011, if you're lucky! Also, new contributions have been added to the fan-feedback pages : Comments page, Art page, Poetry page, and the Memorial.
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