Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

My Friend Hates Me

My producer, and dear friend, David Zellerford, has grown to hate me and this film like a disease that wont go into remission but also wont get worse. Every moment of this last few months of finishing is torture for him and me. But especially for him. Largely this has

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OUR MOVIE IS COMING OUT (perhaps)

A great sigh of relief as a week of uncertainty comes to a positive-ish close. “Ish”, by the way, is a very important trio of letters in show business. Things are always happening–until they’re not. Or perhaps they’re happening again. Never say never. Never give up. We’re shooting/releasing/whatevering September-ish. Which

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The Real Movie

There’s an old saying that the real movie isn’t the one that winds up on screen but, rather, is the one in the dailies (the unused film, the rejected takes). Certainly my moments with Hank Jones and Soupy Sales qualify. And plenty of other fascinating conversations (Mark Murphy, Harlan Ellison,

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The Return Of 3-D

Five AM and done with sleep. What better time for some Jackie Paris. The above “Tis Autumn” is from his greatest album, “The Song Is Paris”. 1962. I’m perplexed by the re-emergence of 3-D. Not just the why of it but the reality of it. Seriously? 3-D? This isn’t a

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Beginnings of “Tis Autumn…”

So now we have a plan for our documentary. “Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris” will be released theatrically by Outsider Pictures in New York. The date currently hovers around early October. That we are being exhibited in a good old fashioned theater for a week (or more?) neatly

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‘Til Autumn: Early Planning

So now we have a plan for our documentary. “Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris” will be released theatrically by Outsider Pictures in New York. The date currently hovers around early October. That we are being exhibited in a good old fashioned theater for a week (or more?) neatly

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Virtual Cinemateque

Here’s what my world looks like now: I’ve got sattelite radio playing in my office–over my direct-tv hooked-up fifty-inch screen. (The system is used primarily for radio listening. I currently watch two or three movies a week and perhaps an hour of 24 hour news rant a day. But the

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Predictions on the Future of Film

In the May 14 issue of the New Yorker Magazine there is a review by Steven Shapin of a book called “The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900” (the books author is David Edgerton). The premise of the book–and Shapin’sarticle–is that innovation in technology is never,

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Stuff People Say

Here’s a bunch of phrases, concepts and predictions that I’ve heard so often in the past few years that they no longer make any sense. “Digital Projection will replace 35mm projections.” Why hasn’t it yet? Because lawyers (for the distribution companies) and union leaders (for the projectionists) continue to argue

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Who was Jackie Paris?

Who was Jackie Paris? And what has he to do with the future of independent film? Start with the name, which sounds like a crooner invented by Jim Thompson or some other hard-boiled noir paperback artist of the past. But It was his real name (sort of). Jackie Paris (born

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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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