The State of Cinema in 2008

Yesterday I acted in a movie called The Last Film Festival with Dennis Hopper, Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski, JoBeth Williams, and Chris Kattan.  That’s a bit of an exaggeration because none of those people were there, but they are in the movie, as am I.  I have a prime role.  That’s a bit of an exaggeration because I was technically an extra, but I talked loudly whenever I was near the mike.  In one scene, I walk into the theater (which was actually a high school in Queens) with a girl who was knitting a scarf, and whenever I got under that boom mike, I gave myself a line.  Different ones for each take.

“Can’t wait for this movie!”

“I hope I get a seat!”


“I want some popcorn!”

I had a very brief fleeting time under that mike.  I could have said something more subversive, but I don’t think that would’ve ended up in the final cut.  I could have said:

“The cat baked those cookies.”

“Autumn makes my poo change colors.”


“Is Kurt Fitzpatrick in this movie?”

I also had a scene in the theater watching a movie and reacting.  I kind of had a line, but it was overlapping with other people talking, laughing, and clapping.

I have avoided extra work in the past, and there was no big money for me in this job, but it has been a while since I’ve been on a movie set so I got myself on one doing whatever was available.  Movies lead to more movies.  And I got to meet a bunch of cool new people.  New to me, that is.

Some of you may be wondering what is happening with Quaker Love.  There was a lot of shooting on this one because there is a montage scene and there was actually some b-roll stuff I had to shoot, like establishing shots.  I filmed it Aug. 22, 30 (the most shooting), Sept. 3, 4, 5, & 6.  Now it is all done, except for the editing, which I’ve only done a little of.  I sometimes find during editing that I have to re-shoot some things, but right now I think principle photography is completed.  Any chance I get to edit this week, I will be.  It’s on the fast track!

Leelee is miffed that she was not on the set with Kurt Fitzpatrick.
Leelee is miffed that she was not on the set with Kurt Fitzpatrick.

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