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  • Hollywood, 35 years later

    Hollywood, 35 years later

    In 1976, Frank Cavestani, Laura Cavestani, and Tom Weinberg produced a 30-minute documentary called Making it in Hollywood. It’s an insightful look at the business of fame and is still a strikingly accurate portrait of the Hollywood celebrity machine, featuring Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Cissy Colpitts, and Tab Hunter, with appearances by Dr. John and John Belushi and many others. More than 35 years later, Mathias Sorum watched nearly all of the 80 camera original Making It tapes in the … Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #29]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #29]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. A continuation of footage from one of John-Roger’s spiritual gatherings at his Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, attended by Sally Kirkland. John-Roger sits on stage in a large armchair on a platform and preaches to the crowd, who sits cross-legged on the ground and looks up at JR. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #53]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #53]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Footage from Joe Allen’s restaurant, talking to waiters there who are trying to break into the business. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #30]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #30]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Footage from one of John-Roger’s spiritual gatherings at his Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness attended by Sally Kirkland on June 24, 1976. This is followed by a short interview with actress Judy Altman from July 11, 1976. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #56]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #56]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron), an aspiring actress, meets with a casting director from 20th Century Fox Studios. She gives Colpitts a script to review, so that she can audition. After this, the casting director talks to “Making It” director Frank Cavestani about a part that actress Sally Kirkland auditioned for, but didn’t get, explaining why Kirkland was not cast. She also talks about how she got her start in show business (through her parents) and how many people who work in the business get breaks because of family connections. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #31]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #31]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Footage from a poolside interview with an actress, Franny Norman, who talks about some of the “attitudes” in Hollywood, and expresses frustration with her friend, actress Sally Kirkland. Model/actress Amy Botwinick is also interviewed at the pool. She talks about her experiences with casting directors, actresses who “sleep their way to the top,” and working as an extra. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #60]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #60]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. Interview with actor Julius Harris (1923-2004) in someone’s home about typecasting and failed actors. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #33]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #33]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. This tape features Cissy Colpitts, an aspiring actress (now Cisse Cameron). Colpitts is interviewed poolside. Continue reading