Wednesday, June 8, 2005

‘Saturday Night Live’ Shorts Director Gets Long-Overdue Tribute

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The man responsible for some of Saturday Night Live’s greatest short films is now the subject of a long-overdue tribute.

Between 1977 and 1998, Tom Schiller directed nearly 60 short films for the long-running variety series, including one imagining an elderly John Belushi ruminating on his long- dead cast members.

Although Schiller’s work was never as popular as, say, the Mr. Bill films made by Walter Williams, he is now receiving his critical due in the form of a new biography, Nothing Lost Forever: The Films Of Tom Schiller (BearManor Press).

And it thrills Schiller, especially because the book is written by a native of the Netherlands. In his words, “I always wanted to be a foreign film director.”

These days, Schiller does mostly commercial work – including a recent ad for Metamucil that showed the product helping out the Old Faithful geyser – but he’s hoping the book results in a higher profile for his films and, he jokes, “long term health care for me and my wife.”

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