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Chinese Seafood, German Korean Beer, & JAZZ.

Although a bit hesitant when first hearing that we were going to have a Chinese Seafood Banquet for our class celebration dinner, I am happy to say that it was one of the best meals we have had so far in LA.  Yes, I know this is not a food blog but I feel the need to give a little shout out to New Bay Seafood in the San Gabriel Valley.  Sitting around a large round table with seven of my fellow classmates, we were strategically guided through the menu by a Chinese woman who was eager to share her personal favorites and give us the best dining experience possible.  I have to say, when waiters/waitresses are visibly excited by the food they offer, it creates a whole new level of excitement for the “diners” themselves.  After ordering about seven dishes (sorry Clay & Dylan) we quickly realized that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.  The first course to arrive was a Lobster.  I do not know exactly how big this lobster was but almost 2 times the size of my head… And I have a big head.  After the steak, noodles, rice, green beens, broccolini, calamari,  chicken, and soup made their way to us, we were stuffed but convinced into ordering dessert (creme brûlée).  Aside from the hilarious conversation and delicious food, a highlight of the night was definitely when two chefs brought a live King Crab into the restaurant– a vision that might haunt me for the next few months.


Yesterday, we made our way to a German Korean beer garden where we met with documentary producer Melissa Robledo.  One thing I admired was when Robledo emphasized the importance of helping to teach someone when they are either interning or working for her.  I found that really admirable as many of my own, and my friends’, internship experiences have largely been constituted by a series of menial endless tasks and minimal opportunities to enhance your personal skills.

Lastly, we were invited to the house of Jill Mazursky, a CC alum who had just returned from Coachella.  After a delicious dinner of enchiladas and salad, we all sat down to watch Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary she executive produced.  What I personally found interesting about this documentary was that it took about twenty minutes for me to see how every person and individual story was interconnected.  This sort of delayed connectivity gave an additional excitement and surprise to the film itself.  Secondly, it focused on a topic and one of its “founding fathers”  I had minimal knowledge about – Clark Terry and JAZZ!  The story was a truly  inspiring one and showcased a connection between two people that was unique.  I think a lot of young adults tend to write off older people as being able to genuinely affect their lives in any real way.  The relationship between Terry and Justin, however, was a mutually beneficial friendship that was alive and seemingly unbreakable.  In a side-note, Jill was one of the nicest and down-to-earth people we have met thus far on our trip.  She was interested in why each one of us was personally attracted to film and happy to chat with us and give us advice on projects and future plans. She even offered to look at people’s work.  Hopefully, she won’t be bombarded with too many Vimeo links…ha.


All in All– a great last 2 days to end our block.

Fix It.

The Final Day of the Turner Film festival was equally as entertaining and fulfilling as the previous two days.  The whole experience of the festival was eye opening, and I felt it a rare privilege to be able to take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities that were offered throughout the weekend.  From watching Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) accompanied by a live orchestra to seeing rediscovered Technicolor film clips to hearing the comedic yet wise words of Shirley Maclaine– it was a truly unique series of events that displayed the widespread appreciation of film history and the art form that went with it.

Shirley MacLaine and Leonard Maltin
Shirley MacLaine and Leonard Maltin

Walking through the film festival, people of all different ages excitedly waited in line for different pictures.  The anticipation for certain events was tangible.  Applause followed almost every famous line or entrance of a well-known actor or director (even if only an opening credit) while the faces of the audience seemed to remain in a fixed smile.  What was so apparent about this group of people was their genuine and endless appreciation for the history of filmmaking — both the ways films were made and the people who took risks and inspired so many others in making them.  The excitement was contagious.

Although there are many different moments I could elaborate on, I was most moved by the interview with Shirley Maclaine that preceded the showing of The Children’s Hour directed by William Wyler in 1961.  First of all, THIS WOMAN IS EIGHTY YEARS OLD.  This is the first time where I have fully stood behind the mantra “age is just a number” simply because of how clever, intelligent, sassy, and wise Maclaine still is.  Continuously provoking laughter in her audience, the actress and dancer also frequently poked fun at the interviewer as well as a bald guy in the front row, referring to his head as a shiny bowling ball.  Jokes aside, Maclaine is truly a gem within the world of Hollywood.

Shirley Maclaine in Irma la Douce, 1963

At one point, the interviewer asked Maclaine why she thought Wyler made the movie.  This stumped her for a few minutes, and then she answered, “Well, he made it partly because there truly is an ounce of truth in every lie.“ I got to thinking about her statement and considered how true that really was, especially in the case of The Children’s Hour.  In Martha’s case, it is apparent that a child’s bold and elaborate lie is what ultimately led her to realize her own truth and love for Karen.  For Karen, however, this lie completely unraveled her life, despite the fact that she felt no romantic feelings towards her best friend.  From a different standpoint, however, she ultimately ended her relationship with her fiancée once she realized that he slightly doubted the truth.  Going along the same vein, Mary Tillford’s lie eventually led her grandmother to uncover the maliciousness of her granddaughter and perhaps realities about her own insecurities.  Thus, it gradually became more evident how a lie can bring out ounces of the truth in any one person, regardless of the initial effects it might have. 


Shirley Maclaine & Audrey Hepburn in The Children’s Hour, 1961