Bill Murray and Lorne Michaels Discuss Their Lost Film in a New Book about "Saturday Night Live" Writer Tom Schiller

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"Nothing Lost Forever" by first-time author and film historian Michael Streeter, recounts the man responsible for a broad array of Â?Saturday Night Live'sÂ? most popular short films and sketches

Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller, the new non-fiction book by first-time author and film historian Michael Streeter, recounts the man responsible for a broad array of “Saturday Night Live's” most popular short films and sketches. Turning a critical and analytical eye toward Schiller's body of work, while at the same time providing exciting behind-the-scenes stories from the early days of SNL, the book delves into unexplored territory. Others interviewed in Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller include Mike Myers, Chevy Chase, Teri Garr, Judith Belushi Pisano, and Zach Galligan. Long-time SNL writer Tom Davis penned the foreword.

BearManor Media has released the book for June 21st delivery. In a rare interview, Bill Murray, along with Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd and others, discuss Schiller's work - including the unreleased film “Nothing Lasts Forever.” While famous faces as Belushi, Murray, and Chevy Chase dominated SNL, Schiller was an integral part of the show’s early success. The new book describes how Schiller developed “Samurai Hotel,” a sketch for John Belushi's famous Samurai character, and how in 1978 he directed an ironic short film starring Belushi as a 90-year-old man who visits the graves of his Saturday Night Live castmates.

Streeter describes Schiller’s thought-process as he directed a dozen other memorable short films for the show before departing in 1980. Of the short films of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels says in the book: “It was the sort of thing that I was interested in. I think Tom's [short films] were a large part of the fabric of what that 70s show was, in the same way that Andy Kaufman was. I think Tom is a genuine artist.”

The book describes in detail the trials and subsequent disappointment Schiller experienced during his first feature, “Nothing Lasts Forever.” Written and directed by Tom Schiller in 1982, the film starred Zach Galligan ("Gremlins") and Bill Murray, and featured special appearances by Dan Aykroyd and Sam Jaffe. The black-and-white sci-fi comedy, with elements of social satire, was shelved by MGM following a corporate shuffle.

Streeter describes Schiller’s frustration with a film that was hailed as the new wave of cinema by the few who saw it, and invited to appear at the Cannes Film Festival two years in a row… yet MGM did not allow it to play. In the book, Murray and Schiller describe the adulation when the film was introduced to a sold-out crowd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in April 2004, the first time the film was seen in nearly twenty years. “It just needs to be seen,” Murray says about the film. “I always thought this was a movie that would be discovered sometime. It’s the kind of movie where people would be taken by it if they saw it.”

Streeter’s chronicle brilliantly captures Schiller’s enigmatic genius. Schiller’s shining talent glows through all and sundry stories gathered in the book and retold over and over by SNL alums, friends and foes alike. Tom Schiller was the writer behind the most moving, grooving and hilarious SNL skits, sketches and short films.

“Any true fan of Saturday Night Live should read this

book - it’s genius”

  • Jimmy Fallon

“This book captures Tom’s giddy, enchanting creative

spirit. Watching Schiller play 78’s on the gramophone

in his office, a 1940s version of Pee-wee’s Playhouse,

is one of my favorite memories of SNL. You’d visit for

the quaint escape and come out remembering why you

love to create comedy.”

  • Robert Smigel


Format: Paperback

List Price: $16.95

ISBN: 1-59393-032-1

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