Film Title: Martinis at the Smoke House
Rollin and Barney reminisce about how good it used to be back in the day at the World Famous Smoke House Restaurant in Toluca Lake. They might just get what they’re asking for.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Written and Directed by Joe Toppe
Starring Lee Dawson and Joe Toppe
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I found FirstGlance Film Festival on Film Freeway and thought it would be a good festival to submit to.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes, several people from our team will be at the festival.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
For me, remembering the past is important. It seems that in these days, talent is secondary. There was a time when we had legends that walked among us. Nowadays it’s all about the ratings. Talent does not matter, shock factor and “likes” on Facebook seem to be most important.
What should viewers expect from your film?
I want my viewers to remember how it used to be back in “day”. That talent and ability does matter. That story lines do matter. That acting ability does matter. What have we learned and where are we today considering that “The Kardashians” and George Clooney’s are considered on the same playing field. The bar has been lowered.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
They let us shoot at the World Famous Smoke House for free. They basically gave us the keys and said “lock up when you’re done and let yourself out”. This is unheard of nowadays. This is such an iconic location. The legends that have been there through the decades. I don’t think you could name me one famous person through the last 50 years that hasn’t graced this place. I remember being there at night between setups and, mind you, we were there from 1:00 AM to 6:00 AM for several nights and I would hear conversations and voices coming from other rooms and when I went to investigate – SILENCE – no one was in the room! While in an empty room I could feel a presence, like someone was watching you at all times, I would see shadows from the corners of my eyes and as soon as I turned, they were gone! I literally heard music and people talking in the banquet room (old-time music from the 50’s) – I thought there might be a cleaning crew in there playing music – I went in there to ask them to turn down the music and not talk because we were filming only to be confronted with an empty and silent room – wow – I will never forget the filming experience I had at the Smoke House!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I’m looking forward to talking to other filmmakers about their experiences and obstacles they’ve had to overcome in getting their films made.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
We have a Facebook page up but are currently updating a fan page and working on a web page.
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