At Comic-Con 2011, Francis Ford Coppola held a panel to unveil his vision for one possible future of cinema. For his experimental gothic horror movie Twixt, Coppola had devised an interface between himself and the film so he could alter it in real time, adjusting the flow of the narrative as he read the audience's reactions. This interface was built as an iPad app.
To add another level of dizzying, esoteric whimsy, some scenes of the film would be presented in 3D, and the audience would all be equipped with Edgar Allen Poe masks, complete with 3D-facilitating eye sockets (see above), and would need to put them on whenever cued by a giant, in-movie pair of red-blue 3D glasses swooping down and enveloping the frame.
I live-blogged the Comic-Con panel. It all seemed like a very bad idea. Several bad ideas, in fact, crashed into one another.
Coppola's promised touring, interactive version of Twixt never came along – at least not yet – though the film has played at festivals and cropped up in some international market places in a non-interactive, rigid cut.
It's this version, running a fixed 88 minutes, that will be sneaking out this Friday. Here's a press release from the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas Theater, where the film will be screening from Friday.
***SAN FRANCISCO OPENING DAY!!!***
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA PRESENTS TWIXT
There will be a Q&A with writer/director Francis Ford Coppola on Friday, August 10 following the 4:45pm and 7:15pm screenings.
A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.
Starring Val Kilmer (Wonderland), Bruce Dern (Monster), Elle Fanning (Super 8), and Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), TWIXT is written and directed by Academy Award®-winning director Francis Ford Coppola.
Running time: 88 minutes
Here's an extended trailer for the film.