Plenty of aspiring filmmakers hope to learn from their idols; few ever get the chance. But come January 2010, Werner Herzog fans will not only be able to study the ins and outs of film composition with the man behind such films as Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and the upcoming two Toronto Film Festival entries Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, they'll get to pick up even more useful skills -- like lock-picking, avoiding gunfire, and "the neutralization of bureaucracy." And all for the low, low price of $1,450!*
Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School will last just one weekend in January, but what a weekend (and chunk of change) well spent: the idea seems to be not only to prepare the would-be auteur for on-the-fly filmmaking in difficult and perhaps dangerous parts of the world, but for Herzog to school his students in literature, film, and philosophy.
"The Rogue Film School is about a way of life," states Herzog on the Rogue Film School website. "It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible. It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature."