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I Think You’re Totally Wrong at Northwest Film Forum

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Our movie, I Think You’re Totally Wrong:  A Quarrel, releases this February. The film will play at these venues:

(James Franco, director, 87 min)

NW Film Forum:
Wednesday, Feb 08 at 07:30PM
Wednesday, Feb 15 at 07:30PM
February 22, USC, Los Angeles, CA 7 pm, Ray Stark Theatre
February 24, U. of Richmond, VA 3 pm
February 25, Virginia Tech, VA 3 pm
Feb 27-28. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
March 1, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
March 6, Brown University, Providence, RI
March 7, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
March 8, Boston University, Boston, MA
March 10, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
March 12, Tuscon (Loft Cinema), Arizona Festival of Books
March 21, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
March 22-23, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
March 29-31. Furman University, Greenville, SC
April 1-3, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
April 4-6, Gemini Ink, San Antonio, TX
April 7-8, Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
April 11, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Loosely based on the book of the same name, writers David Shields and his collaborator and fellow-combatant, Caleb Powell, decide to put their friendship on the line by spending four days together in a cabin in the Cascades. The men barely make it down the driveway before an argument breaks out. On the drive to the cabin, things degenerate even further, as they variously debate the idea of life versus art.

On the first day of shooting, an actual fight breaks out over what and who can be talked about in the course of the film with the director getting dragged into the mix along the way. As the three men, and their respective egos, circle and jab at each other, you wait for someone to get punched in the face. The gladiatorial aspects of the film are only a beginning, as the weekend continues, something altogether more surprising happens — genuine and real communication.”

“More than a deconstruction of the buddy film, I Think You’re Totally Wrong assails the divisions between reality and fiction, documentary and life, with subversive glee.” – DOXA Documentary Film Festival

January 2015:  “That it is outrageously entertaining, as is the rest of this talking book, constructed out of four days’ worth of unceasing dialogue between two old friends and sometime rivals, should go without saying.” Saul Austerlitz, – Boston Globe

March 2015:  “Their extended verbal jam session is one of the most spontaneous literary artifacts since Jack Kerouac unloosed ‘On the Road’ during an amphetamine bender.” – John Murawski, Charlotte Observer

Interview with Massachusetts International Film Festival
Interview with Word and Film


Written by Caleb Powell

January 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival to Show I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

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Massachusetts Indy Film Festival – I Think You’re Totally Wrong:  A Quarrel will play at MIFF at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. 

Interview:  James Franco’s ‘Totally Wrong’ Proves Opposites Do Attract

“Even if you hate writing, you’re going to love James Franco, David Shields, and Caleb Powell’s I Think You’re Totally Wrong.” Charles Mudede, The Stranger

“This notion of investigation offers an alternative to confession. Its goal isn’t sympathy or forgiveness. Life is not personal. Life is evidence. It’s fodder for argument. To put the “I” to work this way invites a different intimacy—not voyeuristic communion but collaborative inquiry, author and reader facing the same questions from inside their inevitably messy lives.” – Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic

“Outrageously entertaining . . . a warm, funny, and charming book that questions not only what it means to live for art, but what it means to live.”—Saul Austerlitz, Boston Globe 

“The two longtime pals disagree on marriage, religion, sex, politics, happiness, film—and everything else—with passion, insight, and panache.”—Lisa Shea, Elle Magazine  

 “Start reading I Think You’re Totally Wrong, then try to stop; I dare you. It screws with your head in a way you can’t shake off, and it’s moving—weirdly moving. It ruined my work day. I loved it. Shields is opening up new ways to be a writer.”—Walter Kirn, author, Up in the Air

Previous Shows:

May 2015 – Vancouver, DOXA Documentary Film Festival
May 2015 – Seattle, Three screenings, Hugo House
July 2015 – Portland, Reed College, private screening, Tin House Writers’ Worskhop
July 2015 – Paris, private screening, Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Future showings:

August 2015 – Cambridge, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
October 2015 – Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Film shoot done: I Think You’re Totally Wrong

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December 18-22:  Rabbit Bandini Productions shot I Think You’re Totally Wrong.

P1020325P1020305I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A QuarrelDavid Shields and Caleb Powell. Knopf, September 2014. A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art.

P1020287P1020274Shields and Powell spent four days together in a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine; they rewatched My Dinner with André, Sideways, and The Trip, relaxed in a hot tub, and debated life and art through genocide, marriage, sex, Toni Morrison, sports, porn, the death penalty, baldness, evil, James Wood, happiness, sports-talk radio, George Bush, drugs, death, facial scars, betrayal, alcohol, Judaism; bad book-titles.

Actor-writer-director James Franco directed a film based on the book, shot at Lake Arrowhead outside Los Angeles, this December 2013. Earliest release date is January 2015. Shields and Powell played themselves with Franco in a supporting role.

On Location

On Location

Written by Caleb Powell

December 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm