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Monday shorts: Selim, Frears, Fly

Posted at 10:25 AM on February 26, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Sweet for "Sweet Land": Many congratulations to Ali Selim and the rest of the "Sweet Land" crew for winning Best First Feature at the Spirit Awards Saturday night.

According to Ali's blog he was so sure "Man Push Cart" was going to win, it didn't register when the presenter read the name. Selim's wife and business partner Robin had to push him out of his seat to go get his award.

The "Sweet Land" story is remarkable in the way the film has built a following across the country. Selim says that it could be that investors could even make some money out of the thing!

Frears: Stephen Frears didn't win the Best Director award for "The Queen," but it was a good excuse for Fresh Air to re-air the wide-ranging interview Frears did with Terry Gross last year. It's well worth a listen, if only for his thoughts on his interaction with Jack Black on the set of "High Fidelity."

"The Fly" flies again: So we had "The Producers" move from the screen to Broadway, and "Edward Scissorhands" became a Mathew Bourne ballet. Now David Cronenberg is teaming up with Placido Domingo, the LA Opera, and Howard Shore to create "The Fly" opera. Shore composes, Domingo conducts, and Cronenberg directs. No word on who has to come up with the props, nor how disgusting they may be.

So what's next? "Little Miss Sunshine" as interactive theater ("No! I want to be Alan Arkin this week.") Or "Lord of the Rings - the stage play" ("More orcs! More orcs!") Or maybe just "Pirates of the Caribbean: the amusement park ride." Oh, that's been done.

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