Hollywood on the Potomac

'American Bred'

March 9, 2016

In present day Detroit, where the influence of organized crime has diminished, filmmaker Justin Chambers brings it back one more time in his new film “American Bred”  as a reminder of one of the lasting crime syndicates that unraveled when lies, mystery and betrayal devoured the trust which held them together. “It’s definitely intense, it’s an intense movie.  You know, I really liked movies like the Godfather,” Chambers told Hollywood on the Potomac, “that Mafia genre.  It’s really an interesting world when you do pull the curtain back. The things that they do to these people does get pretty violent.”

“The attention span of kids today is not what it used to be,” explained Chambers, “and a lot of them like that energy, lots of stuff going on, shoot ’em up – so I wanted to have that independent feel, tell that story, but surround it with something that really draws audiences in.”

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Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

March 3, 2016

Tina Fey goes to war in Afghanistan.  Well not really; but she does in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” which screened in Washington, DC at The US Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater co-hosted by The Motion Picture Association of America and Paramount Pictures.

Kim Barker, author of the book by the same name, sat down with Hollywood on the Potomac at a party in her honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter.  About the book: “For almost five years, Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, directing coverage of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. She covered natural disasters like the tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Kashmir. She tracked manmade disasters — the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the corruption in Afghanistan, the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Through all of it, she tried to keep her sense of humor. After the Tribune decided to cut back on foreign coverage, Barker quit in April 2009 to write “The Taliban Shuffle” and become the Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She freelanced for Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, Reader’s Digest and The Atlantic. Barker, who previously worked at The Seattle Times and the Spokane Spokesman-Review, is now a general-assignment reporter at ProPublica working on enterprise and investigative stories.”  Amazon

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Look At Us Now

March 2, 2016

Hollywood on the Potomac caught up with filmmaker and TV producer Gayle Kirschenbaum who was in town for The Washington Jewish Film Festival and we totally agree with the following comments: “An earthy, intense, tangy look at one mother-daughter relationship. Kind of like a Jewish-American Joy-luck Club. It’s even got Mah Johng. Only with matzoh balls instead of wontons.”C.R. Zwolinski.   “You have a great style and infectious on camera presence and your mother is a force.”– HBO

“I have good news and I have bad news for me,” she told us regarding her earliest remembrances of her childhood. “I have very vivid, very young memories. It was clear to me very, very young that something was wrong.” That something turned out to be her mother, which is the subject of her award winning film Look at Us Now, Mother.  

Gayle took us through various stages of her life and how her relationship with her mother affected each stage.  In the long run, they both came out winners – sort of. 

“My whole movie is about forgiveness.  I just want to say one thing that’s really important though,” she explained. “The one thing that I was clear about since I was young and that I felt – which was a good thing – I didn’t feel it was my fault. I felt like there was something wrong with her and with them.”  That is not to say, however, that her childhood didn’t leave scars, it did. “I would say my two big issues are abandonment and trust. I thought I was abandoned by my real parents.”


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