Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

CITY ISLAND: THE TRIBUTES CONTINUE

What can I say? Giddy with acheivement I can’t stop the flow of love and appreciation. So more tributes! Let’s start with…myself. Click here to read a superb and insightful review of my documentary “Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris”,which opened a few weeks ago in Canada and will make

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CITY ISLAND: TRIBUTES ABOUND

“City Island” wrapped at dawn, Thursday morning and immediately gave itself a wrap party that very evening. I hired two excellent jazz musicians–bass and sax–to accompany me (I play piano) and gave the movie’s crew the gift of jazz as background entertainment. Then Andy Garcia brought in a Cuban band

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CITY ISLAND: EMPIRE DINER

Our last night has been spent at the fitting and classic Empire Diner, right in the heart of Chelsea. Fitting, I think, because the movie takes a route from the fringes of Bronx and un-germinated dreams to the hub-bub of New York and the promise of a bright future. We

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CITY ISLAND: DOWN AT DALEGROVE

The external of our fictional Dalegrove correctional facility. The concept of filming in a prison seems exciting but in reality you cannot have your cell phone or internet! What good am I as a blogger if I am not connected to the rest of the world? So no doubt today

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CITY ISLAND: STILLS FROM PHIL

Images by Phil Caruso.Another of our locations was the Port Authority Bus Station uptown and the George Washington Bridge, Epic stuff. Our stills photographer has been awesome and I want his job, especially because of the box the camera goes in to shut it up and not bother Jan “Friend

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CITY ISLAND: HELL’S HALF ACRE W/ STEVEN STRAIT

From Day Two of our strip club shooting at the wonderful, but fictional “Hell’s Half arcre which is right next door to a Gymnastics center… This is some behind the scenes action featuring Steven Strait.Shout out to all the extras on set today, thanks for being here and I know

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CITY ISLAND: DOING IT FOR THE LOVE OF ART & CINEMA

Oh the glamorous life of show-business! Raymond De Felitta and Rachel Connors, our script supervisor, squeeze into the back of Joyce’s Honda element. Thus, giving up all graces and proper knee function in the name of the movie. Now that is dedication. But of course not forgetting the dedication from

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Here's a hugely entertaining and informative conversation between Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, shot in Sondheim's NYC townhouse. The final anecdote about Oscar Hammerstein could make a stone cry. #broadwayisback #musicaltheatre http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Another Filmex trailer, this one from 1971. The whole aura of Filmex and its place in LA film culture is, for me, wrapped up in the era of the USC crowd meeting the Beverly Hills retirees-Lang, Cukor, Hitchcock, Mamoulian etc. Pot smokers v. cigar smokers. http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Does anyone remember 'Filmex', LA's very own 1970s film festival? If not see the below trailer from the '72 fest. And if you do remember Filmex...watch it anyway. You'll feel all warm and cuddly. #FilmFestival #FilmTwitter #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

@ReelRDEF discusses with Adell Aldrich, the first woman to direct a network movie of the week, the details of her work in this special-edition guest episode of XCU: The Viewfinder that you can listen to here: https://www.hangoverloungepodcasts.com/blog/movies-til-dawn-an-interview-with-adell-aldrich-by-raymond-de-felitta

#film #filmpioneer #audiodrama #moviestildawn

Take a drive along a remarkably spiffy Wilshire Blvd. on August 1st 1951. All will be explained when you go to my new blogpost below and enjoy a 10 minute respite from your day. #Hollywood #LosAngelesCL #academymuseum http://raymonddefelitta.org/blog/

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