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New Screening Series Aims to Connect Stars, Studios and Charities

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Times) — One of the many luxe features of the Edition hotel that opened in West Hollywood last month is a 90-seat state-of-the-art screening room.

The amenity was quickly brought to the attention of Southern California’s fashion and entertainment heavyweights at a star-studded Nov. 15 dinner hosted by Gia Coppola, Demi Moore, Natasha Lyonne and Elvis Mitchell that saw Jeremy Scott, Amanda de Cadenet and David Furnish rubbing elbows with the likes of Alex Israel, Scott Sternberg, Jacqui Getty and Rick Owens (the last of these all the more impressive given that Owens hadn’t been back to the city where he launched his career in 16 years).

The dinner was to celebrate a screening series partnership between the hotel and RAD (short for Red Carpet Advocacy), a philanthropy launched earlier this year […]

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Women In Film Short Films Screenings January 22

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood, Women In Film hosts a special screening of member-directed short films.

Each year, Women In Film hosts a screening of member-directed short films. Join us for a chance to get to know the talented filmmakers behind these projects.

The screening will be followed by a panel and reception featuring filmmakers Hélöise Chung, Michelle Salcedo, Becca Park, Sarah Smith, Angela Chen, So Young Shelly Yo, and Martina Lee.

Here’s the lineup for the films that will be screened:

  • I’M OKAY, YOU’RE OK
    Directed by Hélöise Chung & Romain Laurent
    Written by Hélöise Chung
  • PIEL CANELA (CINNAMON SKIN)
    Written & Directed by Michelle Salcedo
  • SPEAK EASY, B
    Directed by Becca Park & Jun Shimizu
    Written by Becca Park
  • BLACK HAT
    Directed by Sarah Smith
    Written by Phillip Guttmann
  • OUR HOME HERE
    Directed by Angela Chen
    Written by Angela Chen & Yumiko Fukiwara
  • MOONWALK WITH ME
    Written & Directed by So Young Shelly Yo
  • BLACK BOY JOY
    Directed by Marina Lee
    Written by Michelle Sam

WIF members: free
non-WIF members: $10

To RSVP, check out womeninfilm/event

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the screening begins promptly at 7:00 p.m

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For more details, please visit www.womeninfilm.org.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pop-Up Opens at Lethal Amounts DTLA

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DOWNTOWN — Happy holiday season for horror fans! The Texas Chainsaw Museum pop-up opened Saturday night at Lethal Amounts, 45 years after the original release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The DTLA gallery is showing memorabilia presented by House of Salem – the world’s largest private collection from the classic 1974 film, which has “influenced and disturbed filmmakers and moviegoers for generations.” According to Chase Andersen, the collector in charge of this operation.

The film’s cinematographer Daniel Pearl was available for a Q&A with Ted Nicolau, Chainsaw’s sound recordist. Pearl’s more recent resume includes the 2003 remake and a Pepsi ad with Cardi B. He told an audience of fans about the perils of working on a movie that takes place at night “shooting on 16mm film with a 25 ISO”- a technical nightmare for photographers.

Daniel Pearl and Ted Nicholau

Pearl also recalled looking through the camera and seeing “the most terrifying images I had ever seen-that’s how I knew we really had something.” His former wife, Dorothy Pearl, he bragged, became the first woman in the makeup union after convincing Tobe Hooper to let her head the department on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Nicolau and Pearl recalled a “27 hour day” on set due to an actor not wanting to reapply a heavy latex mask in the Texas heat. Ted Nicolau, who later directed another cult classic – ‘Terror Vision’ – shared a memory of his young daughter showing up on set at the precisely wrong moment, and another story of “savage meat-hookery”: art department procuring real euthanized dogs from a local vets office!

“Leatherface” and gallery friend Monica

By all accounts, including that of the late Gunnar Hansen (who played Leatherface), the sweltering set was dense with the odors of rotting meat and a very pungent Hansen. “It certainly couldn’t have been hard for [lead actress] Marilyn to act uncomfortable” said Nicolau.

Merle Allin, Erek Michael and Chase Andersen

Censored and banned in over 6 countries, the often referenced classic spawned “the slasher genre”.

The Texas Chainsaw Museum hosts over 500 pieces of the most obscure and rare memorabilia from the film, including original props, makeup molds, cast scripts, artifacts from the film’s locations, archival correspondence, never before seen photos, promotional materials, rare VHS versions, production slides and more.

photos by Genevieve Marie

Items for sale include t-shirts with a vintage TCM poster design, limited lobby cards and posters, some signed by original cast and crew!

The installation will be at Lethal Amounts through December 19th.

Lethal Amounts is located at 1226 W. 7th St Los Angeles Ca 90017

For more info, check out lethalamounts and worshipsalem.com

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Hollywood Premiere Set for Groundbreaking Trans “Lingua Franca” Film

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Groundbreaking trans-directed “Lingua Franca” gets American Premiere

HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Blade) — “Lingua Franca,” a groundbreaking film by trans woman filmmaker, Isabel Sandoval, is getting a North American Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

Sandoval made history earlier this year when the film, her third feature, became the first movie directed and starring a trans woman to be screened in competition at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori Film Festival (Venice Days).

The film is a sensual and provocative drama, in which Sandoval plays an undocumented Filipina, terrified at the prospect of being deported, who cares for an elderly woman in Brooklyn.

As she begins to run out of options to obtain a green card, she develops a romantic relationship with the elderly woman’s grandson (Eamon Farren) who is unaware that […]

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