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|10:30PM||Q&A with writer/producer Mike Plante|
|11:30PM||After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits|
Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin | 83 min.)
An hour away from the outer edge of Los Angeles, in Ventura, California, lives Giuseppe Andrews, a former child actor who had roles in late 90’s hits such as Independence Day, Never Been Kissed and Detroit Rock City. More than 10 years later, he has left behind the glitzy productions of his youth and is now fomenting a lo-fi artistic revolution within the local trailer park that he calls home. Giuseppe has knocked out 30 feature films to date with the help of his neighbors and countless homeless friends, creating vibrantly anarchic works that don’t rely on big budgets, acting ability, snazzy graphics, or even proper continuity. For Giuseppe it’s all about the vibe, and with his handwritten scripts, consumer video camera, and his aerodynamic spandex suit he’s got “vibe” in spades.
As the title indicates, Giuseppe Makes A Movie documents Andrews’ creative process as he shoots his latest feature film, Garbanzo Gas, over just two days. The premise: “Vietnam Ron, one of many homeless men in Ventura that Giuseppe has grown up with, plays a vegan cow on vacation from the slaughterhouse.” What’s revealed within this making-of documentary is an artist who blurs Hollywood and the underground—a filmmaker who reveres the form and couldn’t care less about the technique.
To Giuseppe, every aspect of his movie-making is malleable and fluid, and he cares less about the cinematic outcome and more about the experience of creation and collaboration. His films may resemble the visceral early work of John Waters, Harmony Korine and George Kuchar, but his inspirations are from the intellectual work of Bunuel, Cassavetes and Fassbinder. Rooftop Films Filmmaker Fund Grant recipients Mike Plante and director Adam Rifkin capture a one-of-a-kind character in this stranger-than-fiction documentary. Their exploration of his bizarre creative universe conveys how one self-taught filmmaker can uncover unexpected humanism while fabricating an improvised family unit out of a lovable band of misfits.
Adam Rifkin (director) met Giuseppe when he cast him for his film DETROIT ROCK CITY. An immediate friendship has lasted to this day. When Giuseppe made a few films and showed them to Rifkin, it blew Adam’s mind. Adam bought Giuseppe a camera and occasionally gave him some money to produce more films. Recently, Rifkin came up to the trailer park and filmed Giuseppe, Big Ed and crew as they made a film over a weekend, starting this documentary.