Picks and Pans Review: Actors Turn Auteurs: Take One
>WHAT GOOD IS GLAMOR, FORTUNE AND fame if you can't be the one who gets to yell "cut!" in the end? Seeking a new perspective on the art of the cinema—and one of those neat canvas chairs with their names on the back—three young Hollywood stars showed off their directorial debuts at the first Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island last week.
THE LAST SUPPER Daryl Hannah turned up without beau JFK Jr. to present her 12-minute opus, shot in four days for her NYU filmmaking class last summer. In this dark, quirky comedy, the heroine obsesses about her dead dad, dresses up a skeleton and opens a fridge to find a human arm next to the jar of Hellman's. "It took me forever to make," says Hannah. "I had no sleep, no food." Is she proud of the finished product? "I see all its problems now," she ad-mils. "It's amateur, a first-time thing."
THE SILENT ALARM
Northern Exposure's Rob Morrow has made a film about a widowed housewife who falls for the handsome stranger who comes to install her new security system. The guy, sad to say, turns out to be a beer-swilling swindler. The movie takes 28 minutes lo unfold—and contains two sentences of real dialogue. The reason: The story is told from the point of view of the widow's preschool-age son. "Kids experience things viscerally," says Morrow—a fact that struck him only when he began writing the screenplay and got to page three without a single spoken word. "If I had thought about making a movie without dialogue," he says of the accidental epiphany, "I would have been intimidated and not done it."
WHEN I WAS A BOY Matthew Modine says his grandmother has a saying: "You can sit on a horse and let it lead you, or you can take the reins." So inspired, he and his friend (and Gross Anatomy costar) Todd Field made this five-minute film about a fellow who seeks refuge from the cruel universe in the sounds of Muzak and the sight of nicely organized produce in a grocery store. Modine will continue behind camera: "I'm happy to hold the reins."
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