An Evening with Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs

Thursday, February 25, 2010


In conjunction with the filming of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, director Spike Jonze teamed up with Lance Bangs to document an intimate portrait of the author behind the original book.

TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT is a deeply moving tribute to Maurice Sendak, whose conflict with success and lifelong obsession with death have subtly influenced his work. Now 81, Sendak is best known for WILD THINGS, which he created twelve years into his career as a writer and illustrator. WILD THINGS would go on to become one of the most beloved and critically lauded children’s books of all time and, much to Sendak’s chagrin, would come to define his career. Through his own words, personal photos, and illustrations, Sendak offers a rare, intimate, and unexpected look at his exceptional life.

Following the 40-minute film, Jonze and Bangs will join moderator Thom Powers for an extended conversation about the making of this work.

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