““Outrageously entertaining…The result is a warm, funny, and charming book that questions not only what it means to live for art, but what it means to live.” Saul Austerlitz, – Boston Globe
December 18-22: Rabbit Bandini Productions shot I Think You’re Totally Wrong.
I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel – David Shields and Caleb Powell. Knopf, September 2014. A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art.
Shields and Powell spent four days together in a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine; they rewatched My Dinner with André, Sideways, and The Trip, relaxed in a hot tub, and debated life and art through genocide, marriage, sex, Toni Morrison, sports, porn, the death penalty, baldness, evil, James Wood, happiness, sports-talk radio, George Bush, drugs, death, facial scars, betrayal, alcohol, Judaism; bad book-titles.
Actor-writer-director James Franco directed a film based on the book, shot at Lake Arrowhead outside Los Angeles, this December 2013. Shields and Powell played themselves with Franco in a supporting role, and the film will premiere at Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival in the spring of 2015.