Anyone can make a movie?

A few weeks ago I saw an interview with Ed Burns. I don’t remember who interviewed him. The only thing I remember was his saying that all he used was a $2800 camera and his movie cost a total of $10,000 to make. Actually… I just found a link to an interview. I will post it! VERY thought provoking!


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“Gun Hill Road” Request a screening!

Director Rashaad Ernesto Green wrote this screenplay then combed the streets looking for the right person to play the part of Michael when he found Harmony Santana.  She was “discovered!” It’s a movie about a transexual, played by an actual transexual.  The film depicts the viewpoint of the struggles from within the family unit, Latino no less, as Michael reveals his true identity, heightening the tension of the differences in beliefs and straining the concept of acceptance.

Please watch the trailer and the interviews with Mr. Green and the cast.

I have requested a screening of this movie for the Cinemark Palace at the Plaza and may be able to catch a screening in NYC this weekend!

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Musical on film: “Company”

The Cinemark Theater on the Plaza in Kansas City had “an event,” which apparently is done throughout the country. There are special showings of events like sporting events, concerts, and… stage shows! For $19.95, I purchased my event ticket online via a route advertised on a theater promotion website.  My desire was to see”Company”, whose cast consisted of several incredible performers with Neil Patrick Harris as the lead, Bobby.

This format of delivery for a live musical wasn’t too bad. From several angles, we see the stage, the orchestra and a little of the audience. I loved that I was able to see the actors faces close up and didn’t miss any nuances in their performances. I didn’t catch all the angles at the same time obviously, but in the nosebleed section I would have missed alot, too. The audio was good, but somehow I think an even better sound could have been replicated in this theater.  I know I truly missed out on the excitement of the live perfomance and this show aroused that desire (which I already had) to just go see a live production.

In a nutshell, the musical consists of vignettes of Bobby’s thoughts while he ponders about being single vs. the possibility of a real relationship/marriage, while he is turning 35. Five couples who are his closest friends all give advice in some form or another. He gleens tidbits of what marriage is all about from them and digests it. The Stephen Sondheim scores and thought provoking lyrics had the audience laughing and crying. Title “Company” refers to having someone keep him company in his life as he decides to LIVE life and choose to have that close relationship.

Now that this new way of seeing a “live” show is available, I’m likely to see more.

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The Bravest Choice Is To Be Yourself

I saw this film, “Two Spirits,” last night on the Independent Lens program on my PBS station.  The story is about the cruel murder of a young Navajo person,  of mixed gender, a “natle” named Fred Martinez. I knew it would rip out my heart, but I seem to need to hear the stories of brave people who dare to be exactly who they are. I must feel somewhere in me, that being myself is such a scary thought. What if people don’t like the real me? I also have a deep appreciation of other people like myself that are sensitive. We FEEL. We feel everything. We feel more with our skin, we hear more high frequencies with our ears, we smell things, we taste more, colors and shapes are vivid… I think mixed gender people end up like THAT; sensitive people born into a world that wants to make us conform. If they would just let us be us what a more beautiful world this would be.

This film has won several awards.

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Cat Dancers

This documentary is now out on DVD. Listen to the podcast interview of Ron Holiday and Harris Fishman, producer/director.

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Gregory Peck…on a stamp

I guess for the stamp collectors out there this is kind of cool…I mean, if I were to ever get myself on a stamp, it would mean I was dead already, right? And that I had achieved something in my lifetime, right? And that I was really special, right? I’m….just not feelin’ it. I’d want to be honored some other way. Not sure what, but the stamp just isn’t doin’ it for me.

Congrats to Mr. Peck, anyway. He was sexy as hell.  I was too little to understand what I was watching in, “To Kill a Mocking Bird” the first time around, yes, I’m THAT old. But oh, daddy, he was tall, and had a deep voice.  Even as a  little girl I was attracted to him. I will have to revisit that movie.


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“Making Movies”

Director Sidney Lumet (“Serpico”, “Network”, and about 50 other films) died last week of lymphoma at the the age of 86. I just heard about the book he wrote in 1996, “Making Movies”. It sounds fascinating but very technical. Have you read this book? Fabulous or boring? Please let us know!

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