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'Nobody Walks in La': Film Review

'Nobody Walks in La': Film Review
Jesse Shapiro's debut feature concerns two young friends spending a day aimlessly wandering the streets of Los Angeles. A veritable love letter to the city in which it's set, Nobody Walks in La feels like a more mobile and less intellectual variation on My Dinner With Andre. But despite its decidedly modest nature, the film — as aimless as the pair's wanderings — has its charms, thanks in large part to the appealing performances by its two leads.

The central characters are longtime friends Miles (Adam Shapiro) and Becca (Kim Shaw), each facing life crises. Miles has just suffered a...
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'Embers', 'The Lennon Report' triumph at Newport Beach Film Festival

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'Embers', 'The Lennon Report' triumph at Newport Beach Film Festival
Claire Carré’s Embers scooped best feature film in the juried awards as the southern California festival came to an end.

Carré was also named best director, while George Kosuros won best actor for American Wrestler: The Lizard. Best documentary went to Off The Rails by Adam Irving.

In the audience awards, Jeremy Profe’s The Lennon Report and Jesse Shapiro’s Nobody Walks In La took the feature film prize.

Zack Bennett and Kevin Schlanser prevailed in the documentary category for The Ataxian, while Dmitry Meskhiev’s Battalion (Russia) was named best foreign film.

The Outstanding achievement in filmmaking: feature film award went to Alex Ranarivelo for American Wrestler: The Wizard, and The Violin Teacher director Sergio Machado and The Innocents director Anne Fontaine collected the corresponding prize for foreign film.

Bob Yari took the directing honours for Papa: Hemingway In Cuba, while Dev Patel and Evanna Lynch were named best actors for The Man Who Knew Infinity and My Name Is Emily
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Cinema Lounge Roundtable: An Interview With the Filmmakers

Cinema Lounge Roundtable: An Interview with the Filmmakers - August 2010

 

From a look at the hip-hop culture in Manila to a secret terror filled phone call, to an intense rock-paper-scissors competition or the hunt for the perfect nanny; this month's line up of Cinema Lounge films presents an eclectic mix of short films from a talented group of filmmakers.  We caught up with filmmakers mark Redondo Villegas, Jesse Shapiro, and Theodore Melfi for a pre-screening chat about their films and what it took to get them made.

By Folayo Lasaki

 

An image from Lyrical Empire:Hip-Hop in Metro Manila.

Introductions please.  Let's start with names and projects...

 

Mv: Mark Redondo Villegas - Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila

Js:  Jesse Shapiro - Practical

Tm:  Theodore Melfi - Roshambo and I Want Candy

 

 

Can you each tell us a little bit about your project?  What's it about? Where did the idea come from?
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Porn Star Moms And Softball, ‘Mommy XXX’ and ‘All Stars’ Coming To Crackle

Oh Crackle. It's really no secret that you're after that coveted young male demo, and the latest two additions to the summer web series roster should score some points in that game: Mommy XXX and All Stars. Mommy XXX, a new reality series goes after one of the only unclaimed plots on the reality landscape, porn stars mommies. The show centers around a typical real-life family who's matriarch, Demi Delia, happens to be a Playboy model turned adult film star. The single mom raises her 14 year-old daughter — a straight-a student — and her aspiring punk rocker son. Next up is All Stars, starring Crackle-regular Owen Benjamin (Owen Benjamin Presents, Heckle U, Gaytown) as the ringleader of the Nifty Rubber Band company's failing office softball league. The series is written by Benjamin along with fellow Owen Benjamin Presents writer Jesse Shapiro who also stars in the show. Their usual gang of comedians star as well,
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