Martin Donovan, PJ Harvey, Thomas Jay Ryan, Miho Nikaido, Dave Simonds, and a cast of thousands…
The complete and definitive scenarios for Hal Hartley’s films The Book of Life (1997), No Such Thing (1999), and The Girl from Monday (2003), presented here for the first time in numbered first edition signed by the author.
Hal’s “whimsical yet deeply serious” (The New York Times) groundbreaking 1998 digital feature, The Book of Life, will receive a special screening at the IFC Center in New York on Thursday, March 21 at 8pm. Tickets available here.
With an outrageous lightness of touch, lucidity, and intelligence, Hal Hartley re-imagines the apocalypse as foretold in Christian tradition. He asks the simple question: would Jesus really put up with this madness? Told with great energy, style, and curiosity, The Book of Life is a humanistic deconstruction of western values and a vigorous exercise in what was in 1998 the new digital media, an unrelenting kaleidoscope of fast moving images and heart-pounding music perfectly capturing a techno-driven, computerized, and postmodernist world. Thoughtful, respectful, funny, and very bold in its assertions, the film was cited by the New York Times as “…whimsical yet deeply serious…”
A short documentary about the making of The Book of Life. Features interviews with Hal Hartley, Martin Donovan, and Thomas Jay Ryan.
A beautiful, full-color photo book of Hal Hartley’s films, published in Sweden, featuring scene and production stills from The Unbelievable Truth through the not-yet-released television pilot Meanwhile. We are selling 10 numbered copies (from the first print run of 300) signed by Hal Hartley. Softcover, 220 x 315mm (8.6 x 12.4 inches) 100 pages, color [...]
Features songs from P.J. Harvey, David Byrne, Yo La Tengo, and many more.
DJ Mendel narrates 20 years of filmmaking in 2 minutes. An excerpt from the documentary “Years Later” on the new 20th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Unbelievable Truth.
In 1995 Hal Hartley invited three musician friends from drastically different quarters of the contemporary rock scene to collaborate with him on some songs. For about a month they were a band called Ryful—a play on Hartley’s film-scoring pseudonym, “Ned Rifle.”