Sunday, May 08, 2022

Robert Caro's Smith Corona Electra 210 Typewriter

Robert Caro shows off his typewriter and also gives a succient explanation of his writing process and how to avoid "thinking with your fingers."

New-York Historical's exhibition “Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive showcases never-before-seen highlights from life and career of Robert Caro, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind such masterful biographies as The Power Broker and the multi-volume series The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

Watch as Caro himself explores some of the key objects in the exhibition. In this episode, he describes one of his trusty Smith Corona Electra 210 typewriters, a brand that he's worked on for decades and that has become an essential part of his writing process.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Press Release for "Bigfoot Tim"

My first documentary film, Bigfoot Tim, is finally done. What follows is the press release.

Bigfoot Tim is a 2022 American documentary film by Thomas Fasano, who created the movie from over 1,500 of his brother’s YouTube videos, old 8mm home movies, newspaper articles, podcast clips, and recorded radio interviews to tell the story of the last decade of his brother’s life.

The film was initially made for a total budget of $79, using the Filmora software on an older iMac. Bigfoot Tim focuses on the last years of Tim Fasano’s life as he filmed it obsessively before his death in 2019 of cardiac arrest at 63.

Born and raised in Virginia, Fasano eventually settled in the Tampa area. The film explores Fasano’s life as he struggles to pull himself out of poverty as a cab driver while developing an interest in videography and a passion for finding Bigfoot in the swamps of Florida. The film brims with wild stories, wild characters, strange dreamers, and big ideas about human existence.

The soundtrack uses 31 compositions by the Australian/Swedish composer Scott Buckley. It also uses the song “Wishes” by American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Matthew Mondanile, performed by his solo music project, Ducktails. The film’s trailer features the composition “Wonderful” by Scott Buckley. It will be available for streaming on Vimeo June 1, 2022.

Update: May 8, 2022
I'm still trying to get distribution for the film.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Turn Every Page: A Documentary on Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb

This looks like a movie I'll see: a feature-length documentary on the life and work of Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb, directed by Gottlieb’s daughter Lizzie Gottlieb.

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Robert Caro and legendary editor Robert Gottlieb have been working - and fighting - together for 50 years. At 86, Caro is battling time to finish work on his long-promised fifth and final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Now 90, Gottlieb continues to edit, write and pursue his myriad and unexpected passions, attempting to “love and be silent” until he and Caro can begin to edit Caro’s final masterwork.

Directed by Gottlieb’s daughter Lizzie Gottlieb, Turn Every Page is an intimate look into artistry, mortality, antagonism, and friendship. Gottlieb chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama of the making of Caro’s The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon B. Johnson volumes. The film is a deep-dive into the power dynamics of creative collaboration, the peculiarities and work habits of two ferocious intellects, and the culmination of a journey that has consumed both of their lives.

No release date yet, but I will definitely see this when it comes out. in the meantime, see the New-York Historical Society’s ongoing exhibition, “Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive.