Monday, January 22, 2007

The Skinny On... Errol Morris

NAME: Errol Morris

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: February 5, 1948, Hewlett, New York


SIGNATURE PROJECTS: Gates of Heaven (1978), The Thin Blue Line (1987), A Brief History Of Time (1992), Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control (1997)

ODD ANECDOTE: Werner Herzog ate his shoe at the premiere of Gates of Heaven as payment for a bet that Errol couldn’t make this documentary with no financing.

FILM TITLES TURNED DOWN: Honeymoon At Auschwitz

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: 1998 Independent Spirit Award, 1997 National Board of Review, 1997 National Society of Film Critics Award, 1992 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Filmmaker’s Trophy, 1989 Edgar Allen Poe Award, 1988 National Society of Film Critics Award, 1988 New York Film Critics Circle Award

NEXT ON THE PLATE: Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

SECOND CAREER AS: Cellist and inadvertent defense attorney

DEFINING MOMENT: The Thin Blue Line was responsible for freeing wrongly convicted Randall Adams from Death Row.

SIX DEGREES OF WILLIE AAMES: Errol Morris shot the Brief History Of Time about physicist Stephen Hawking who was on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation with Brent Spiner who was in Stardust Memories with Charlotte Rampling who was in Georgy Girl with Lynn Redgrave who was in Gods And Monsters with Sir Ian McKellen who was in Richard III with Willie Aames.

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