The Purple House (looking kind of blue)
purple house is owned by Sandra Cisneros and is one of many
beautiful homes in the Southtown district of San Antonio. It's
purple because Ms. Cisneros likes the color, but evidently
many of her neighbors (and the local historic association) are not
all that keen on the choice of palette. Personally, I think it's
has happened since the last journal entry. The biggest news is
that Jon will no longer be
co-directing EvenHand with me. We had a huge fight about
the color of the police uniforms and decided to go our separate
ways. Actually, the reasons are much more complicated -- and
pleasant -- than that.
reported at various times in this journal, Jon has made several
trips to Los Angeles in the last six months. He has always
attempted to further numerous Cypress agendas on these trips,
advancing EvenHand and In
the Pines foremost among them. On his most recent trip,
Jon made excellent progress in identifying a strategy and new
potential production partners for Pines. When we met for
one of our occasional dinners and Siberia
outings a couple of weeks ago, Jon made some interesting
observations about the way things work in LA.
often than not, one struggles to be noticed in the fickle and
over-crowded world of Hollywood. Occasionally, though, it's
possible to strike a chord with the legions of producers and
development types. Then you become, in Jon's words, "flavor
of the month." The reason Jon chose that particular phrase to
describe the phenomena is that the attention span in this business
is notoriously short. A project that seems staggeringly viable one
moment is yesterday's news the next. If you are so lucky as to be
deemed flavorful, it's best to take full advantage of the window
of good taste.
this point in the conversation, I saw where Jon was going. To LA,
to go all out on In the Pines. While it filled me with
terror, I completely agreed that it is not a good use of resources
for us both to direct EvenHand while real and meaningful
progress can be made on another project at the same time. Make no
mistake about it, we had an awfully good time co-directing Cherry
and would have had a better time working together on EvenHand.
The reality, though, is that a single person usually directs and
there is no reason why we shouldn't do it that way (once in a
while), especially if it means we can have a chance of making
another excellent, and vastly more expensive, film.
here I sit in my little room above Wong's Grocery on Cevallos
Street in San Antonio, Texas, contemplating my first solo
directing gig. The window is painted over, but the view from here
is pretty good.
- Joseph Pierson
THE CRACK HOUSE
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