The Coen Brothers to shoot ’60s New York Folk Drama based on the life of Dave Van Ronk

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 25th, 2011

2011 is set to be quite an odd little year.  The first year since 2006 to not feature a full length film from Joel and Ethan Coen, the Brothers Coen are starting to prep what appears to be the duo’s next film, and it sounds like quite an interesting project.

24 Frames is reporting that the pair are working on finalizing a script that is loosely based on the life of the American folk artist, Dave van Ronk.  An inspiration for the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, van Ronk is something of a legend on the music front, earning the nickname “The Mayor Of MacDougal Street.”

The interesting thing to note here is that, according to an interview with CHUD a while back (hat tip to The Playlist for remembering this), apparently cinematographer Roger Deakins is working on the film, saying that the Coens have “a project they want to look like a 16mm Ricky Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker type of documentary, so we’re not sure. We talked about shooting it on film, but the other option is to shoot it digitally and make it look like old 16mm film afterwards. I don’t know.” Think The Coen Brothers version of DON’T LOOK BACK.

Personally, this sounds immensely exciting.  The idea of them shooting the film in 16mm alone makes this a film I can’t wait to see, and even more so because of both the creative team and the source material.  I’m not familiar with van Ronk or his music, but I’ll trust The Coens when it comes to just about anything.  What do you think?

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