"Scott has crafted a knockout debut that bodes enthusiastically well for her future in the medium, and serves as a baseline for any and all future investigations into the life and vision of past, present and future cinema masters."
This just might be *the best* review our little film has received to date! Have a looksee here. Viva La Ashby!
Wherein I had a lovely conversation about Hal and cinema and art-making with Terry Burden, perhaps a little too early in the morning the day after our World Premiere, judging by the bags under my eyes!
Hal movie premiered at Sundance 2018! Guys, we did it! We had five screenings full of super enthusiastic and lovely cinefiles –– all eager to chat up renegade filmmaking and Ashby legacy. It was such a unique, action-packed, magical experience that I immediately came home to Los Angeles and collapsed with the flu for five days. All in, it was a raging success. Check out some of our our hot press action from Rolling Stone, birth.movies.death, Entertainment Weekly, Slash Film and Flavorwire; or some verbage on the podcast Road to Cinema, wherein I probably needed another cup of coffee. Viva la ASHBY!
Happy 2018 folks!
In the event you find yourself at the Sundance Film Festival next month, here is our screening schedule:
Mon. 1/22, 11:30 a.m., The MARC, PC
Tue. 1/23, 8:30 p.m., Prospector, PC
Thu. 1/25, 11:30 a.m., The MARC, PC
Fri. 1/26, 9:15 a.m., Holiday 2, PC
Sat. 1/27, 3:00 p.m., Broadway 6, SLC
18 Tons of Peace and Love in the New Year!
Wherein I chatted it up about the evolution of the project.
This is for Hal.
There's a lot of political noise today -- but here is a bit of inspiration: I directed a video for Yolie Flores for Congress (Los Angeles, 34th District) because she embodies all that I want to see representing me and the values I stand for -- a fighter for public education and students rights, a humane pathway to citizenship and not tearing families apart, marriage equality, protection of the environment, affordable housing, and protecting the ACA -- I could go on and on. Please watch this even if you don't vote in the 34th district on April 4th, because it may inspire to get more involved on a local level. Thank you to Shark Pig for making this all happen, beautifully. Thank you my husband and thank you Yolie Flores for Congress for continuing to fight the good fight! #yolieforcongress www.yolieforcongress.com
It is true that I wanted the officiant of my wedding to watch Donald Sutherland's performance in Little Murders before performing our ceremony. Thankfully, my husband chose to still marry me and have some kids. HERE IS A REAL LIST TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO! With a generous plug for Once I Was! Thank you Formosa!
Here is the only picture I could find of anything remotely resembling the evening I had recently at AFI, taking part in a Hal Ashby editing2 seminar taught by Matt Chesse (pictured below, in Cuba, reading Being Hal Ashby) and artist Eric White. We showed Ashby film clips for three hours + scenes from my doc, talking nonstop about the space in between + humanity in film. Also -- one could make a very real comparison of In the Heat of the Night to Barack Obama's entire 8 years in office.
Next month we will reboot a similar panel + film discussion at AFI focusing on media/celebrity in film, showing clips from A Face in the Crowd, Ace in the Hole, Network, and Welcome to Me. Thee lovely Shira Piven will join us for a roundtable.
Happy Birthday to my brother Josh today!
"Those morons out there? Shucks, I could take chicken fertilizer and sell it to them as caviar. I could make them eat dog food and think it was steak. Sure, I got 'em like this... You know what the public's like? A cage of Guinea Pigs. Good Night you stupid idiots. Good Night, you miserable slobs. They're a lot of trained seals. I toss them a dead fish and they'll flap their flippers." -- Lonesome Rhodes, A Face in the Crowd (1957)