Buzz: April 2006

When we last left Temple film-school grads Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, they were harvesting accolades for Lost in La Mancha, their documentary chronicling the disastrous history of director Terry Gilliam’s aborted Don Quixote movie. Now they’re in the spotlight again for Brothers of the Head, a “faux-mentary” surveying the rise and fall of conjoined twins who become pop music sensations in mid-1970s England. The film, which will screen at the Philadelphia Film Festival before landing in theaters this summer, “embodies a lot of the experimental things we learned at Temple,” says Fulton — a comment that, given the film’s epic oddness, makes one fearful for Temple film students. … In the aftermath of an exhaustive story in Columbia Journalism Review about the Inquirer trying to re-re-reinvent itself, Buzz was reticent to say anything about our beleaguered daily this month. But then, over the transom, came an in-house Inky memo that was just too weird to ignore. Circulated after Vice President Cheney shot his hunting partner, the e-mail invites reporters to participate in a “brown bag on guns” where “we recount our recent experiences at a firing range with local representatives of the National Rifle Association, exchange views on guns and run down resources for getting your facts straight.”… If, like Buzz, you would be content to never again hear the phrase “condo boom” and think how nice it must be to live in places, such as Atlantic City, where they don’t obsess about such things, think again. Word from A.C. is that local developers, along with some city council members, are gearing up to push for 10-year tax abatements similar to those in Philly.