This is a thought-provoking article about a major Hollywood player (Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis) who says that Hollywood is “finished.” He thinks he’s just the first of many filmmakers who will flee LaLa Land and go elsewhere. Haggis believes the concentrated power leads to creative stagnation as well as abuses of the Harvey Weinstein variety and people lower on the totem pole being too afraid to speak out against them.
He also touches on another major problem killing the entertainment industry, but I’m not sure he realizes it himself. Now happily making movies outside Hollywood, Haggis says that instead of talking to the same insular crowd of Hollywood movie insiders and their circular conversations, in New York, he talks to “neuroscientists, bakers and restaurateurs,” people whose different experiences and viewpoints stimulate creative script ideas.
That’s great as far as it goes. But wouldn’t it be even better if filmmakers got out of Hollywood and instead of just going to New York, they went to the vast land area between the coasts and actually talked (and listened) to the people there? That would not only give them some fresh ideas and viewpoints, it might shatter some of their cherished elitist stereotypes about “flyover country.”
Maybe then, they could make movies that didn’t insult Middle Americans, who might start going to the movies again. At least until Oscar time, when the stars of those movies would make speeches insulting us all while accepting their trophies.
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