I just watched this documentary on IFC called "They Shoot Movies, Don’t They?".
It chronicles the struggles of filmmaker Tom Paulson as he tries to get funding for his independant film. It’s a fairly interesting look into the realities of trying to get a film made in the studio-dominated environment of Hollywood. Not the best movie made on this topic, but interesting none-the-less.
What prompts this thread, however, is the utterly shocking ending. The last 10 minutes of the film threw me for such a loop, that I’ve begun to doubt that this film depicted actual events. I’ve seen enough “mockumentaries”, so I can usually pick up on them fairly quickly. This one did not seem staged, but like I said–after the ending I have my doubts. Does anyone know the real scoop on this film & the filmmaker it follows–Tom Paulson?
In case you’re curious…here’s how it ends (don’t say you haven’t been warned!) Paulson cannot get the final $40,000 he needs to secure a distribution deal after begging everyone he knows. So he sells his baseball card collection & drives to Las Vegas. According to the documentarian, Paulson wins big at the tables (the camera wasn’t allowed to film inside the casino itself, so we don’t actually see this). The next morning, Paulson, alone in his hotel room, turns the camera on and rambles on for a while, crying. He then apologizes to his family, puts a gun to his head & kills himself!