Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller
Saturday Night Liveís Visionary Filmmaker
by Michael Streeter
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Tom Schiller was among the first to join the Saturday Night Live team in 1975. Recognized more for his work than his name, Schiller spent a total of eleven years with the show, writing sketches and directing short films. He directed John Belushi at age 90 in Donít Look Back in Anger; Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks lip-synced to Bing Crosby in the musical Love is a Dream; and Bill Murray played a homeless man who thinks heís a brilliant Shakespearean actor in Perchance to Dream. With his memorable short films, Schiller added an element of heart and style to Saturday Night Live.
Many took notice to Schillerís unique filmmaking vision including producer Lorne Michaels and MGM, who signed Schiller to write and direct his first feature film. Nothing Lasts Forever, a clever science fiction comedy with strong aspects of social satire, starred Zach Galligan and Bill Murray. Sadly, with MGM facing financial uncertainty, Schillerís forgotten masterpiece was never released. Nothing Lost Forever takes a thorough look into the films and career of Tom Schiller, through his own eyes and through those who have worked closely with him.
-Foreword by Tom Davis
-Extensive new interviews with Tom Schiller, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Zach Galligan, Lauren Tom, Laila Nabulsi, Judith Belushi Pisano, Mike Myers, Teri Garr, Victoria Jackson and many others
-Rare, never-before-seen photos Ė over 100 in total
-Various annotated scripts of the short film Don't Look Back in Anger
-The original Nothing Lasts Forever program
...and much, much more
Read the Nothing Lost Forever press release!
News & Events:
-View pictures from the Lincoln Center event. Tom Schiller, Bill Murray, Zach Galligan, Laila Nabulsi, Tom Davis and Michael Streeter showed up for a special event at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center. Rare, 16mm film prints of five of Schiller's best short films from SNL were shown, followed by the feature film Nothing Lasts Forever. Following the screening, Schiller, Galligan, Murray, Nabulsi and Streeter took to the stage to answer questions from the sold-out audience. Afterwards, Tom Schiller, Michael Streeter, Zach Galligan, Tom Davis and Bill Murray sat down (or stood around) for a book signing of Streeter's Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller.