Category Archives: Filmmaking/Filmmakers

Tuesday Timelapse: Breakfast With Buster

Buster is our 10-year-old Russian tortoise. All that you wanted to know about her and her meal this morning but didn’t really care to learn can be found after the jump. Or you can just enjoy the diversion that is the above video (though I’d recommend going full-screen to capture the nomnom’ing chelonian in all her sped-up glory.

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WTF – The Chinese Theater sold???

[Sorry, too angry to dig for a CC photo]

I realize the world will end anyway on May 21st, but The Hollywood Reporter is, well, reporting that Grauman’s Chinese Theater is being sold and we should Expect Some Changes once their deal closes on May 20th.

Bull SHIT, sez me!

There’s a Facebook page to save it but everybody knows what that’s worth.

I’m not completely clear if they’re only getting the Mann Chinese 6 at Hollywood and Highland, or if the rumor that the developers are “considering turning the theater, which has 1,152 seats, into a nightclub,” is anything more than that, but still.

Really? The Chinese Theater? It’s not IT enough for you?

The Chinese is on all the historic registries, but developers (and Samaha in particular) are notorious for moving forward with their nefarious agendas and hoping no one will notice until it’s too late (Yes I Mean You out there bulldozing Johnnie’s Broiler).

Let’s not let this get swept under the rug, Angelenos!

Tickets on Sale for Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Hat tip to LA Weekly for this one: tickets to the Tim Burton exhibit at LACMA just went on sale. The exhibit runs from May 29 through October 31, but heads up, people: Tim Burton will be at LACMA on Saturday, May 28 to sign copies of the exhibit catalogue and his book, Art of Tim Burton.  To get a feel for the exhibit, check out Burton’s nifty website here.

General admission tickets are $20 and, if the avalanche of people at a similar MoMA exhibit is any indication, this one will be crowded.  Good luck trying to see past all the Goth kids.

Photo of LACMA by pink_fish13 via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.

cave of forgotten dreams: herzog premiere & museum-wide party

Image from the DubLab

So what are you doing after the upcoming Grilled Cheese Invitational? Why you’re heading downtown to party at the Natural History Museum, duh!

This Saturday, Cinefamily and Cinespia are hosting a FREE ADMISSION museum-wide party at the Natural History Museum, presented as the closing event to the “Art In The Streets” film retrospective. First, they’re showing Cave of Forgotten Dreams directed by Werner Herzog at 5:30pm. (the film-rsvp list is already closed, but there will be some seats held for the standby line) Also, the Herzog Q&A will be projected live in the Museum’s Whale Room at approximately 7PM, for those who are unable to get into the screening. Once the movie is over, then the party starts!

At 8PM, the doors open and guests are invited to wander the Museum’s exhibit halls for FREE! There will be live bands, DJs spinning, food trucks, cash bar & an art installation by Mastodon Mesa.

Live Music Schedule

On the Fin Whale Passage stage:
Live performances by Nite Jewel, Islands, White Magic and Matt Baldwin starting at 8:30pm.

In the African Mammal Hall:
DJs Dntel (aka Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service), David Holmes and Carlos Nino will spin records starting at 5pm.

In the Gems & Mineral Hall:
DJ collective Dublab will also host a second set of live performances starting at 5pm.

This whole event is generously sponsored by: First Fridays at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, in association with History Films, Sundance Selects, Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Dublab

cave of forgotten dreams: herzog premiere & museum-wide party
Saturday, April 23rd
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Admission: FREE

Francophile Thursdays

Tonight kicks off the Cinespia’s “Vive L’amour” series, co-sponsored by the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, and presented at the Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater). In tonight’s cinematic bon-bon, Catherine Deneuve stars in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the musical story of a sweet, young shop girl and her starcrossed love for a mechanic.

After the movie, a curated selection of vintage scopitones will be screened, and the Frenchie food truck will be on hand serving up appropriate fare, throughout the night . Later in the series Cinespia will screen Beauty and the Beast, Jules and Jim, and Amelie among others. (Some films screen on Saturdays.)

As if that’s not enough, tonight at the Egyptian is a double feature of Goddard’s Contempt and Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player. Formidable!

Finally, on a non-French note, while I’m posting about fantastique cinema, I feel the need to give a shout out to the Aero for their Valentine’s Day weekend schedule: Gone With the Wind Saturday the 12th, Casablanca and Double Indemnity the 13th, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Valentine’s Day itself. That is one inspired line-up, Aero.

Thank you, L.A., for being so cinematically awesome. J’taime.

2010 ID Film Fest in Little Tokyo This Weekend

The 3-day 2010 ID Film Fest kicks off tonight in Little Tokyo and it features a weekend of Asian/Asian American films and workshops. Opening with the Los Angeles premiere of the critically acclaimed film Kit Hui’s Fog (starring Terrence Yin and Eugenia Wan), the festival will also feature Hirokazu Koreeda’s much talked about film Air Doll is as the festival’s Centerpiece film. Ian McCrudden’s The Things We Carry will close out the three-day movie feast.


“Los Angeles is a postmodern collage of cultures and identity,” says founder/filmmaker Quentin Lee. “Even within the broader umbrella of the ‘Asian American’ community, there are Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian Americans. Further diversifying the community are the divisions between first generation immigrants and those who were born here. A crisis of identity is inevitable and necessary even though we fantasize a more utopian unity. ID Film Fest is proud to present contemporary works that examine, explore or celebrate the identity crisis in our diverse global Asian community.” This year’s ID Film Fest filmmakers and actors will include: PJ Raval, Jessica Sanders, Brent Anbe, William Lu, Feodor Chin, James Huang, Kerwin Berk, Hirokazu Koreeda, Kit Hui, Ming Lai, Eugenia Wan and Terrence Yin.

Some of this year’s ID Film Fest free programs (for audiences) will be the “The Filmmaker’s Crash Course Session,” providing 7-15 minute crash courses pertaining to the business and artistry of filmmaking. More interesting events include the “Battle of the Pitches 2” where filmmakers will get a chance to participate in a live screenwriting pitch session with industry execs. The finalists for the “API Pilot Shoot Out” will present trailers of their work in competition.

Alongside the public programs, the Asian American Independent Feature Conference (AAIFC) is another component of ID Film Fest. A one-day think tank and networking conference for a select group of 30 filmmakers on the state of creating Asian American independent feature content will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

A program of the Japanese American National Museum, ID Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmakers Koji Steven Sakai and Quentin Lee to screen compelling Asian and Asian American works that have not yet had a chance to show in Los Angeles. ID Film Fest will run October 8 through October 10, with all events taking place at the at downtown Los Angeles’ National Center for the Preservation of Democracy located at 111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For more information on the festival and ticket information, please visit the ID Film Fest 2010 site.

Movie Premiere Fund Raiser for Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center Tonight (9/17) in Pasadena

Foothills Pregnancy Resource Center is having a fund raiser tonight in Pasadena. They are hosting the world premiere of Johnny, the tale of a foster child who helped a family recover from a tragic loss of their own child. (More movie info HERE).  Following the movie will be a Special Question and Answer Period with Director D. David Morin and Lead Actors Mel Fair and Jerry Phillips.

The cost of admission is $10 bucks a person. The proceeds will go to help the Foothills Pregnancy Resource center with their various programs including helping mothers who chose to carry a child to term and raise it or give it up for adoption.

Details: Friday, September 17th at 7:30 PM, Gilmore Hall, The First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, 3700 East Sierra Madre Boulevard,Pasadena, California 91107

Free tickets to screening of “Destricted” September 9, 2010

Free tickets to “Destricted” on September 9. The collection of experimental shorts “Destricted” will be screening September 9 as part of the DigitalArt.LA Expo. ‘Destricted’ is the first of its kind, exploring the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world’s most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. You must be 18 or older for the free tickets. Get tickets HERE.

The DigitalArt.LA Expo is organised by Rex Bruce with the LA Center for Digital Art (LACDA). It is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. IT will contain works by Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambramovic, Marco Brambilla and Gasper Noe.

Deets: Thursday Septbember 9, 3PM-4:30PM. Downtown Film Festival Cinema Lounge, 541 S Spring STreet loft 214, Los Angeles CA 91019.

Image courtesy of LACDA and used with their permission.

One Hundred Mornings — See This Movie

Exclusive OHM stills courtesy of Conor Horgan. Click to enlarge.

On the face of it, the world of One Hundred Mornings is about as far from the daily life of an average Angeleno as you can get. Set in the lush Irish countryside, OHM looks in on two couples sharing a mountain cabin after an unidentified disaster or chain of events leads to a total infrastructure collapse. It’s like an apocalypse only quieter. Todd Konrad of Independent Film Quarterly describes it this way:

If Harold Pinter did a rewrite of The Road, it could easily resemble One Hundred Mornings; eschewing multi-million dollar CGI special-effects and giant fireballs for an emphasis on actual story and character, Irish filmmaker Conor Horgan and cast craft an intimate look at the emotional and spiritual toll the apocalypse could bring to one’s life.

Having read an earlier version of the script (full disclosure: I’m lucky enough to call director Conor Horgan a dear friend), I’d elaborate that the film dramatizes, not just the toll of a societal breakdown, but by extension, the function of “society” itself to distract and distance us from ourselves. The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word for “to uncover” or “reveal,” and Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings, in some respects, simply lifts the lid off our petroleum-based, strung-out-on-technology culture to show us what’s left when we strip away the lights and the cars and the iGadgets.

What I know is this, the film is beautifully shot and well written and acted, and it’s playing at the Downtown Independent Theatre for a week beginning September 16, thanks to the WorkBook Project’s Discovery and Distribution Award. (It will also be screening September 24 in San Francisco as part of the SF Irish Film Festival.)

You should buy a ticket. Not only will the film be great, but when Conor is world famous, you’ll be able to say “Oh yeah, I saw his first feature in downtown L.A. before it had U.S. distribution.” Because, you know, the world hasn’t yet collapsed, and in the interim between now and the apocalypse, there’s little that beats being able to say you knew about something really cool before most other people did.


Win Tickets To Rare Screening Of ‘Rottweiler’ in 3-D


We’re giving away tickets to an ultra-rare 3-D screening of the 80s indie horror film Rottweiler: Dogs of Hell. The event is being presented by the LA3DClub this coming Sunday, August 29 at 7:30 pm at the Downtown Independent. Lenny Lipton and Chris Condon, the two legendary 3-D experts behind this production, will appear for a Q&A following the movie. This one-time only screening is a unique opportunity to see one of the few indie feature films from the wave of stereoscopic movies in the 1980s.

I strongly encourage anyone who has not been to the Downtown Independent, L.A.’s only indie-friendly 3-D cinema, to do so. They host a wide variety of interesting programming and and events.

If you would like to win a pair of tickets to the Rottweiler screening, leave a comment telling me why you want to see the movie, or, tell me what your favorite 80s 3-D movie is. I’ll notify one lucky winner by email this Saturday morning.

Click here for more information on this Sunday’s events, which, in addition to the feature film, include a free 3-D short film showcase and potluck barbecue at the theater’s rooftop bar.

Mommy, Mommy, Baby Wants To Go To Cinefamily’s Dennis Hopper Series

MacQ's Blue Velvet Photo used through Creative Commons license

Starting tomorrow and running every Friday in July (as well as one Sunday and one Saturday), MOCA and Cinespia are copresenting a Dennis Hopper tribute at the Silent Movie Theater. The series opens with a double feature of Easy Rider (in case you missed it at Hollywood Forever last week) and a free screening of The American Dreamer, the 1971 documentary about Hopper (because admit it, you’ve always wanted to see footage of Dennis Hopper walking naked through downtown Taos). L.M. Kit Carson, the co-director, will be present to tell first-hand tales of the madness. One fears to think.

The series ranges from the classic Blue Velvet (Heineken? Fuck that shit!) to the obscure White Star, about which Cinefamily explains:

Made in 1981, whilst the synth-pop takeover in Germany was in full effect, White Star has Hopper playing a jive-talking has-been tour manager who vies to take his latest Tangerine Dream-like discovery straight to the top of the pops. For hardcore Hopperheads, this is the major discovery of our retrospective: Roland Klick’s White Star is balls-out, mood-swingin’, pure, unadulterated Hoppermania, and his performance is ultimately so awesomely unfiltered it seems it almost shouldn’t exist.

What could be wrong with that, I ask you.

For a complete list of the films in the Dennis Hopper: Wasn’t Born to Follow series, check out the Cinefamily site, or watch the trailer below:

Free screening of “Get him to the Greek” Thursday 6/10 RSVP Now.

Come see a FREE screening of ‘Get Him to the Greek’ at Burbank 16 with Imax Theater Thursday June 10, 2010 at 7.30pm. Seating is limited so get there early. It is first come, first seated. Concessions will not be included.

For those of you not paying attention to the whole social media marketing thingy Ford has been a player for a while with their soon to be released Fiesta and “Fiesta Agents” hyping the car and their escapades with it. One of the last missions of the Fiesta Movement teams is to create a short film involving the Ford Fiesta. Team LA has come up with the film ‘Fully Loaded’ and will be premiering it that night prior to ‘Get Him to the Greek’.   Screen shots from the film can be found on Flickr.  The various agents across the country are competing for points with their events so you can help them out by, and this is very important, text LAFILM to 44144 to help them accrue points.

When: Thursday June 10, 2010 7:30-10:30pm PST
Where: Burbank 16 with IMAX, 125 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502