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Until this year I have been at work when my little town’s film festival occurred. I’ve been to film festivals in big, medium and small cities. I don’t think population correlates to quality. A small town festival can sometimes risk showing edgier films, and the special guests are more unusual choices. The 16th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival just ended. In three days I saw a dozen features, an equal number of shorts and hosted screenings with Beau Bridges, Chris Cooper and Marianne Leone Cooper. Continue reading
Two mutts at breakfast.
The Artist, this year’s most-nominated film, is simultaneously reverent and cheesy. Continue reading
My son wrote me an email in which he suggested I not call myself old, so I thought about some of the many men who produced significant work in my areas of interest when they were at least a decade older than me. Continue reading
I became an actor to help pay the rent. I didn’t have a full-time job at the time, and temping as an actor pays better than temping as a file clerk. People outside the biz don’t realize that nearly all actors are part-timers. Continue reading
…to remain invisible.
I ran into this by accident when looking for something else. I had completely forgotten it. Well, it was 25 years ago. This was my first “union” job in Hollywood, after I had earned the SAG card. I got paid a few hundred dollars to shout “YAY!” in the background Continue reading
There’s an underbelly to show business that’s every bit as ugly as all those stories you might have thought were urban legends. Continue reading
I wrote a few words about Peter Graves just four days before he died, as part of my articles on the film Number One with a Bullet. Here are a few more, to celebrate him. Continue reading
Watching the Actors
As I wrote before, I hadn’t ever worked for the duration of an entire feature film, so I was fascinated watching the actors in Number One With a Bullet. Continue reading
In our lives, are we giving a performance or is it something more real? I act differently around different people to some degree. It’s not that who I’m with determines my behavior entirely. It’s more like creating a rhythm with the other actor, so the show can go on. When I’m with someone funny, I’m funnier too. Continue reading