Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School: The Acceptance Letter
Last month, we posted the 11 commandments of Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, a bold new academic experiment in which unconventional filmmakers submit themselves to the tutelage of the eccentric neue welle auteur. In return, they receive a once-in-a-lifetime education, covering everything from the large intangibles like plot and character, to the practical nitty-gritty, like how to pick a lock with a crack pipe while dodging bullets fired by rifle-wielding grizzly bears. The acceptance (and rejection) letters have begun to arrive; we know because we have one.
Director George Hickenlooper, who's been busily editing his Jack Abramoff biopic Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey in the lead, forwarded along his admission letter to Movieline, saying, "Herzog is one of the more exciting and thought provoking filmmakers working. It is a huge honor to be part of this. As Bart Giamatti said during our senior farewell address in New Haven, one's education never stops."
The full acceptance letter:
Dear Rogue Film School Applicant,
"I have viewed your DVD and have carefully read your application, and I am pleased to invite you to the first Rogue Film School Seminar." - Werner Herzog
We would like to invite you to attend the very first Rogue Film School in Los Angeles, California. Please note that a third full day has been added to the existing schedule (at no additional cost).
Here is the revised schedule:
Friday, January 8th, 2010: 6-9 pm Meet & Greet - an opportunity to meet your fellow students in an informal setting; Werner Herzog will discuss the scheduled topics for the subsequent three days. We will hand out your accreditation which you will need to get into the seminar. (Please bring photo ID, such as a driver's license). This will most likely take place in the hotel lounge (1st Floor); we will keep you posted of any changes.
Saturday, January 9th, 2010: 9am - 6pm. All-day seminar in the Hollywood Room, 2nd Floor, with short breaks and a one hour lunch break at from 1pm to 2 pm.
Sunday, January 10th, 2010: 9am -6pm. All-day seminar in the Hollywood Room, 2nd Floor, with short breaks and a one hour lunch break at from 1pm to 2 pm. Klaus Badelt, internationally renowned music composer, is scheduled to join us that day.
Monday, January 10th, 2010: 9am -6pm. All-day seminar in the Hollywood Room, 2nd Floor, with short breaks and a one hour lunch break at from 1pm to 2 pm. The final day of the seminar will focus in greater depth on your individual projects and concerns.
PAYMENT: Please make your $1450 seminar payment via Paypal by November 18, 2009. We recommend printing out a receipt for your own records.
LOCATION: The seminar will be held at [redacted].
PARKING: For local attendees, there is all-day parking at a discounted rate of $6/day. Please make sure to mention Rogue Film School when making hotel reservations or using the valet service.
PREPARATION: There is no preparation required for seminar attendance. Recommended reading list: Virgil's "Georgics", Ernest Hemingway's "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular the Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo "True History of the Conquest of New Spain".
SEMINAR UPDATES: Please check our updates page www.roguefilmschool.com
PRIVACY: We would like to ask that the location be kept private as much as possible; this will minimize fans and press from attending and ensure a smooth and timely seminar experience for everyone.