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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 #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 #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 #11]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #11]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. More raw footage shot at actress Sally Kirkland’s home. Kirkland and several of her actress friends discuss the difficulties of achieving success as an actor in Hollywood. They talk about the importance of “looking the part” in Hollywood; and their experience with agents. Also, Kirkland gets a phone call from her mother, Sally Kirkland, Sr., longtime fashion editor at Vogue magazine, and from film director John Badham. (The other end of phone is heard on Audio Channel 2.) Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #38]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #38]

    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 Hollywood talent agent Nicole David (the agent for Sally Kirkland). David discusses various topics, including: female roles in Hollywood, the responsibility of an agent, and the difficulty of acting (as opposed to being a truck driver, plumber, etc.). Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #12]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #12]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. More raw footage shot at actress Sally Kirkland’s home. Sally and several of her actress friends discuss various issues; including competition among friends and fellow actors, actors/friends helping each other, pornographic movies, and nudity in films. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #39]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #39]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. In this tape, actress Sally Kirkland discusses her financial difficulties. This is followed by b-roll footage of movies stars’ homes, and of cars on a freeway. Continue reading

  • [Making It In Hollywood raw #13]

    [Making It In Hollywood raw #13]

    Raw footage for the 1976 documentary “Making It In Hollywood,” which follows several actors as they attempt to break into the movie business. More raw footage shot at actress Sally Kirkland’s home. Sally and several of her actress friends discuss various issues, including roles for women, film executives, nudity in films, and actresses that they admire. Continue reading