Friday, August 27, 2010
It’s hard to believe but we are coming up on the fifteenth anniversary of Hard Eight, the daring first film that introduced us to writer/director extraordinaire Paul Thomas Anderson. In the decade and a half since his first feature, Anderson has given us some of the greatest modern American films in memory. While his output (five features, a handful of shorts and music videos) has been relatively small, the films and characters P.T.A. has brought us have become incredibly iconic and special to many...myself included. I have wanted to do something special in connection to P.T.A. for awhile so, considering how rich and densely populated his work is, I am going to be holding a month long tribute here throughout September.
To go along with my own tributes I am jumping back in to the whole Blogathon craze (my first venture in since my M.I.A. on DVD month back in early ’09). So, starting on September 13th and ending on September 19th, I am asking for any and all submissions concerning P.T.A., his films, his characters, soundtracks and actors…namely anything you might connect, good or bad, with the work of Paul Thomas Anderson. Submissions can be as long or as short as you’d like and they can be new or old, so feel free to dust off an older article that you have written if you care to. Ideally I would like to publish your complete pieces here (and, of course, you can post them at your own blog as well) and link back, but if you prefer I use just a snippet with a link back that is fine as well. Feel free to start emailing me (my email is located under the "About Me" tab in the upper left corner) your submissions or links as soon as you will like but I won't post them until that week of the 13th.
Even if you choose not to submit I hope that you might grab one of these nifty banners for me and place them somewhere on your site to alert anyone who might be interested in contributing. I’m looking at this as a way to not only celebrate all things P.T.A. but also to increase traffic to your sites and mine and make some new blogging buddies as well.
September is a milestone month for me as it is my last month as a single man (I am getting married in early October) and I wanted to make it a special one so a blow-out tribute to my favorite modern filmmaker seemed fitting. I hope to get many contributions and make my own tributes among the best things I have ever done in awhile…thanks and I hope many of you will participate.