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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 #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 #52]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #52]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. B-roll footage of a tour of Beverly Hills; includes footage of several large mansions, presumably the home of movie stars. Also, Frank Cavestani, the “Making It” director, tells us how he got his start in Hollywood. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #37]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #37]

    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 an interview with talent agent, Nicole David. Mostly, David makes various phone calls. David and her client, actress Sally Kirkland, go over contact sheets to decide on Kirkland’s latest head shot. 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 #9]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #9]

    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 actress Sally Kirkland describing how she is tough and recalling a night when she was nearly assaulted in New York; Kirkland pleading with director Frank Cavestani to erase the tape used in a previous interview (said tape contains private information confided to Kirkland by musician Kinky Friedman during a phone conversation…see [Making It Raw #8]); and Kirkland calling Shelley Winters. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #46]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #46]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. At a casting call at Goldwyn Studios for a new Mae West movie, “Sextette”. Numerous actors eagerly line up for a chance to give their resumes to the casting director. An actor from Georgia is interviewed, and says that casting directors discriminate against Southern accents. Several actors who are lined up to get in to the casting call are interviewed. 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