Our three Austin-exclusive screenings of the new Steven Soderbergh film from SXSW, AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE, start next week. From Monday January 3-Wednesday January 5, 7:00pm at the Ritz belongs to this new documentary about Spalding Gray, the master monologist probably best known for his masterpiece SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA.
Our friend Jack Feldstein, an Australian animator and screenwriter, sent us this raving praise, and I think he conveys what this awesome film is about better than we could:
AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE is exactly what they tell you a film shouldn’t be. Pretty much 89 minutes of one talking head. But it’s a particularly unique talking head. Spalding Gray’s.
Spalding Gray (1941-2004) possessed two of my favorite qualities in a person: neurosis and gutsiness. In his case, as a monologist, these compelled him to tell his truth. The truth, mes amis, is always rare and riveting. And so is AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE, which is directed by the often brave Steven Soderbergh (SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, CHE, ERIN BROCKOVICH, SCHIZOPOLIS, BUBBLE).
Gray's life was both humorous and tragic. His mother's suicide overshadowed his whole life, and when he killed himself in 2004 we were all saddened but not especially surprised. Fittingly, Soderbergh allows Gray to tell his own story in his own words. After all, David Mamet once said of Spalding Gray, “No-one is able to do what he does, so don’t even try.” So we'll let the great man speak for himself. Here's a taste of what you'll get from the one, the only Spalding Gray: