Dan Sallitt


Dan Sallitt (born July 27, 1955) is an American filmmaker and film critic. He is known for his microbudget filmmaking and cinephile film criticism.[1][2]

Dan Sallitt
Born (1955-07-27) July 27, 1955 (age 68)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma materHarvard College (BA)
University of California, Los Angeles (MFA)
Occupation(s)Filmmaker and film critic

Early life and career edit

Sallitt was born on July 27, 1955, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.[3] He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Harvard College in 1976 and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979.[4]

Sallitt resides in New York City, where he works as a technical writer for the New York City Office of Technology and Innovation.[5]

Film criticism edit

Sallitt moved to Los Angeles in 1976, where he served as first-string film critic for The Los Angeles Reader from 1983 to 1985.[6] He has written film criticism for outlets such as Slate, The Chicago Reader, MUBI, Masters of Cinema, and The Village Voice. He maintains a film blog called Thanks for the Use of the Hall.[7]

When Sight & Sound published its list of the greatest films of all time in 2012,[8] Sallitt was asked to submit a list of his top-ten films.[9] His selections consisted of Angel, Daisy Kenyon, Diary of a Country Priest, The General, The Mother and the Whore, Morocco, Notorious, Rio Bravo, Ruggles of Red Gap, and The Searchers.

Filmmaking edit

In 1986, Sallitt wrote and directed his first feature film, Polly Perverse Strikes Again, which he financed solely from his work as a film critic.[6] He moved to New York City in 1992.[6] There, he wrote and directed Honeymoon (1998), followed by All the Ships at Sea (2004).

He released The Unspeakable Act in 2012. It played at several major international film festivals, including the Rotterdam, Viennale, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and BAMCinemaFest. The film won the Independent Visions Competition prize at the Sarasota Film Festival,[10] and was acquired for U.S. distribution by The Cinema Guild.[11] The film appeared on year-end top ten lists by Amy Taubin, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky and was included in the afterword to the Korean edition of Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons.[12]

His fifth feature film, Fourteen, premiered in 2019 at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival,[13] and was picked up for U.S. distribution by Grasshopper Film.[14]

Retrospectives and recognition edit

In 2013, Anthology Film Archives hosted a retrospective of his work in conjunction with the theatrical release of The Unspeakable Act.[15] In Film Comment, Jonathan Robbins noted that Sallitt's work was "rooted in the films of Robert Bresson, Eric Rohmer, Jean Eustache, John Cassavetes, and Maurice Pialat".[16] Later that same year, additional Sallitt retrospectives were held at the Cineuropa Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and the CGAI Cinematheque in A Coruña, Spain.[17]

In 2014, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York held a retrospective called "Three Weekends with Dan Sallitt."[3] In 2019, Filmadrid hosted a retrospective of Sallitt's work.[18]

Filmography edit

Year Film Notes
1986 Polly Perverse Strikes Again! Directorial debut
1998 Honeymoon
2004 All the Ships at Sea
2012 The Unspeakable Act
2019 Fourteen
Caterina Short

References edit

  1. ^ Hinojosa, José Sarmiento (March 7, 2019). "Dan Sallitt: "Micro-Budgets Are a Liberating Thing for Me"". Desistfilm. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Tuttle, Harry (April 23, 2010). "Auteurist v. Cinephile (Dan Sallitt)". Screenville. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Kushner, Daniel J. (June 25, 2015). "Dan Sallitt's "family films"". City Newspaper. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Poli, Vincent (October 18, 2019). "Adult Problems: An Interview With Dan Sallitt". Kinoscope. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Bennett, Bruce (2012-06-20). "Brooklyn's I.T.-Guy Auteur". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2023-06-21.
  6. ^ a b c Sachs, Ben (May 17, 2013). "An interview with Dan Sallitt, director of The Unspeakable Act". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "Thanks for the Use of the Hall". Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Christie, Ian (September 2012). "The 50 Greatest Films of All Time". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Dan Sallitt". Sight & Sound. British Film Institute. September 2012. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Oleszczyk, Michał (July 13, 2012). "My Brother, My Love". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  11. ^ "Cinema Guild Acquires Dan Sallitt's The Unspeakable Act". Blu-ray.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  12. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (September 8, 2018). "Afterword to the Korean Edition of Essential Cinema (Updated)". jonathanrosenbaum.net. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  13. ^ Ehrlich, David (February 8, 2019). "'Fourteen' Review: Dan Sallitt's Low-Budget, Highly Affecting Portrait of Female Friendship — Berlinale". IndieWire. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  14. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 15, 2020). "Grasshopper Film Nabs Berlin Film Festival Pic 'Fourteen'". Deadline. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Harris, Brandon (February 27, 2013). "Dan Sallitt on The Unspeakable Act". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Robbins, Jonathan (March 5, 2013). "Review: The Unspeakable Act". Film Comment. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Cineuropa: Dan Sallitt". CGAI. February 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Filmadrid 2019 dedica sendas restrospectivas a Dan Sallitt y al nuevo cine brasileño". Audiovisual451. April 25, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

External links edit

  • Dan Sallitt at IMDb
  • Thanks for the Use of the Hall.
  • A Mikio Naruse Companion.