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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 #45]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #45]

    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 with actors Julius Harris, Robert Walden, Sally Kirkland, Cissy Colpitts (now Cisse Cameron), and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Cissy Colpitts and part-time talent manager Judy Thomas talk about agents. Thomas agrees to watch and possibly set up a screening of Colpitts’ resume tape. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #42]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #42]

    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 with actors Julius Harris, Robert Walden, Sally Kirkland, and Gregory Rozakis at Derrick’s, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Actress Cissy Colpitts joins the crowd at dinner. Judy Thomas, a co-owner of the restaurant and part-time talent manager, talks about up-and-coming actors that she is managing. Walden talks about TvQ ratings (industry popularity and recognition ratings); actress Debralee Scott and writer Jennifer Gladstone join the crowd. There is a general discussion about working with “difficult” actors, and the practice of “dishing” and “gossiping” in Hollywood. 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

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #18]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #18]

    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 actress Sally Kirkland’s “press” parties. Kirkland and “Making It” director Frank Cavestani interview various actors and show business people about struggling in Hollywood. Those interviewed include musician Dr. John, and actors Marya Small and Kristine DeBell. 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 #66]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #66]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. The first portion of this tape features actress Sally Kirkland making some phone calls to various unidentified people. This is followed by an interview with actor Robert Walden in his apartment. Walden discusses film and television production techniques and how they can affect acting and actors. 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