In October of 2012, at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, the famous Dutch director George Sluizer presented to the public what will quite probably be his last film: the unfinished-for-twenty-years Dark Blood. The thriller starred River Phoenix but the production was abruptly stopped when the young actor suddenly died in 1993. However, George famously had the footage stolen and recently worked to make it as finished as it will ever be.
Since then, the film has gone on a world tour, having been screened in Berlin and being scheduled for festivals worldwide.
What makes these screenings of Dark Blood doubly poignant is that George Sluizer (80) is dying, suffering from an affliction which may finish him off on any given day. Nevertheless he tries to be present, holding interviews and giving Q&A sessions.
Having been in the film industry for decades, both as director and producer, also ensures that he has many stories to tell, a fact which has not gone unnoticed amongst fellow filmmakers like Dennis Alink. Dennis is currently making a documentary about George, simply called Sluizer Speaks. The film is supposed to be finished soon through crowd-funding (click this link for more information), and below you can check out the trailer.
George Sluizer was one of the producers on the epic Herzog film Fitzcarraldo, so it will come as no surprise that one of the trailer's highlights concerns Klaus Kinski, trying to kill George with a pastry fork in a fit of mad rage...