Another thriller is on it’s way to Netflix! Writer/director Dan Gilroy, who led us down a dark path in his 2014 film Nightcrawlers has now turned his eye toward the contemporary world of art in the soon to be released film Velvet Buzzsaw. John Malkovich (artist, Piers) and Toni Colette (curator/art advisor, Gretchen) join Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhall (art critic, Morf Vandewalt) and Rene Russo (art gallery owner, Rhodora Haze) in what appears to be a terrifying trip down a creatively creepy path. During a recent chat with Vanity Fair, Mr. Gilroy shared that his disturbing idea for Velvet Buzzsaw came after visiting the Dia contemporary-art gallery in Beacon, New York two years ago.
“It was the Tuesday after Christmas, at about 5 o’clock in the afternoon, and no one was there. I was wandering around this huge, empty warehouse with all this rather disturbing contemporary art. And I wound up in the basement in a video installation with, like, dentist chairs and rats running around. And I just thought, ‘Man, this would be a great place for a horror movie.” – Dan Gilroy, Source: Vanity Fair
Dan Gilroy combines his vision with top-notch talent to provide viewers with some terrifically terrorizing yet thought-provoking entertainment. He allows us to question our own artistic integrity.
“Contemporary art really began as a movement to provoke and challenge. And it now has been completely co-opted by big money and business. And it’s a world that’s off its axis. It’s a world that’s in conflict with itself which, for me, is the perfect setting for a film—a world that has that much inherent dramatic potential.” – Dan Gilroy, Source: Vanity Fair
Ulterior motives aside, great artwork evokes emotion and even if it does not suit my taste, I maintain an appreciation for the process. My hope is that this movie will allow us to examine our own creative connection.
“I hope people look at art in a slightly different way. Any time you listen to a piece of music or look at a sculpture or a painting or a film, you realize the artists behind that have invested what I believe to be their creative soul into the work. To me, that’s a bit of a sacred thing and I think we’ve lost that a little bit. I would love it if we could return to that.” – Dan Gilroy, Source: Vanity Fair
Check out Velvet Buzzsaw available on Netflix February 1st!