It could be a while before we see the next Spike Jonze movie. The Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Her, which he also directed, made an appearance at the TCA Winter Press Tour today to talk about the new A+E Networks-Vice Media joint venture 24-hour channel Viceland, which he has been building.
Back in November, it was announced that Jonze, a longtime Vice partner, would be overseeing aspects of the new channel from development to production to brand identity. Asked whether he was on hiatus from making movies until further notice, Jonze said: “Right now, this is all I’ve been doing over the last year. It’s just a different type of film for me. Making a whole channel and working with artists is what I’m currently excited about. Making a movie is a different organism. Normally a movie comes out, and with this channel debuting on February 29, it’s only going to begin.”
What Jonze has created is a channel with a number of sociopolitical shows created by burgeoning docu fimmakers and established talent. From the sizzle reel that was shown, there’s a lot of run-and-gun guerrilla filmmaking going on.
“Anything anyone had to say as a writer, filmmaker, author is what attracted us. This channel is really about them,” said Jonze.
Of particular note was Ellen Page’s travel show Gaycation, which explores LGBT issues and communities around the globe. We see the Oscar-nominated Juno actress going toe-to-toe with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair over his controversial LGBT views. She also encounters a rather scary, fierce situation in Brazil.
Today’s panel included a slew of hosts from Viceland’s upcoming schedule: Gaycation (with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel), F*ck That’s Delicious (Action Bronson host), Fashion Week International (Hailey Gates host), Huang’s World (with Eddie Huang), Noisey (dir. Andy Capper, Zach Goldbaum nost), Flophouse (Claire O’Kane host) and Balls Deep (Thomas Morton host) and Weediquette (with Krishna Andavolu).