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In the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha, Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe chronicled filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s failed attempt to bring Don Quixote to the screen. He Dreams of Giants documents Gilliam’s hard-won success and is one of the most intense meditations on making art ever seen on screen.
Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe's documentaries include Lost In La Mancha, which was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary, and The Bad Kids, which received a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for both a Peabody Award and an Emmy.
Film Review: In their BAFTA-nominated 2002 documentary, Lost in La Mancha, Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe followed Terry Gilliam as he attempted, unsuccessfully, to finish a film he had conceived in 1989 based on Miguel de Cervantes’ literary masterpiece Don Quixote. In He Dreams of Giants, they are reunited with Gilliam as he once again seeks to complete his film after nearly thirty years of trying. Watching Gilliam through the production process is engrossing - you live every twist and turn alongside him and his burgeoning awareness that the reality may not live up to his dream. This is typified in a scene where we see him finally procure the funding that he needs. Rather than the jubilation that one might expect, Gilliam seems sombre at the prospect, stating: “Everybody’s happy - except for me, who now has to make the film.” This makes the ecstasy that he feels later on all the more rewarding, exemplified by the gleeful giggle which he lets out upon seeing elements of his artistic vision come to life. He Dreams of Giants is a fascinating exploration of the creative process and one man’s struggle to see his project completed after a series of seemingly never-ending setbacks. Nick Comley
The Film Collaborative