Friday, March 14, 2008

'The Last Lullaby' director readies for Dallas premiere

Shreveporter Jeffrey Goodman, director of "The Last Lullaby," is approaching a once-in-a-lifetime moment. His first feature film is getting a theatrical premiere at the AFI Dallas Film Festival on March 28.

"It’s the biggest statement I’ve made so far in my career as a director," Goodman told me during a recent interview. He's made six short films to date. "The Last Lullaby," which stars Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander, marks his foray into independent feature-length filmmaking. Goodman is mindful of what questions will be asked of him -- directly or indirectly -- come premiere night.

"What does this guy have to say?" Goodman asked himself. "Who is he as a director? Is he talented? Is he skillful in technical ways? Is he skillful with actors? It’s going to be the first time that real judgment is passed on me and my abilities. I don’t know if I could do anything right now that would have more at stake."

Are you going to the premiere? Are you going to be part of the audience answering these questions? Let me know because I'll be reporting all about it from Dallas.

Do you have something you want to say Jeffrey? Please leave a comment.

Here is the official plot synopsis: "Price, a former hit man, is struggling to cope with retirement. He left the assassination business to live the 'easy life.' However, retirement arrived with its own agenda. It was not the instant peace and calm that Price expected. Rather, it was emptiness, boredom, and, worst of all, restlessness. 'The Last Lullaby' plummets Price back into his old life and forces him into a corner from which he may never escape. Price's old ways no longer work for him when his heart opens, and he finds life beyond his profession. The tension finally boils, as Price must decide to close himself off again or open himself up to a world beyond his control."

PHOTO: Jeffrey Goodman on the set of "The Last Lullaby." (Special to The Times)

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