Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Local director's festival circuit heats up

Jeffrey Goodman's "The Last Lullaby" was one of five dramatic feature films to take home a special jury prize from the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival over the weekend. (Temecula is about 60 miles north of San Diego.)

Goodman directed "The Last Lullaby" (Tom Sizemore, Sasha Alexander) in Shreveport in early 2007. The movie debuted at the AFI Dallas festival in March.

From the following note, Goodman makes the Temecula fest sound like cinephile heaven: "It was a great festival. There were some nice yelps from the audience in the right moments and some very cool people in attendance.

"The closing night ceremony included Gena Rowlands (one of my heroes), Lalo Schifrin (one of the most famous composers in the history of film, also one of my heroes), Charles Burnett (definitely one of my heroes, director of "Killer of Sheep"), Bob Rosen (one of my heroes), and Taryn Manning (probably not one of my heroes but a darn good actress) performing two songs with her band Boomkat. I had good conversations with both Charles and Bob and left somewhere between clouds ten and eleven."

The fall festival/screening schedule for "The Last Lullaby" is busy:

Expect to see Goodman make a decision about distribution in early 2009.

PHOTO: Jeffrey Goodman, director of "The Last Lullaby," poses for a portrait on March 12, 2008. (Greg Pearson/The Times)

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