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:
- San Diego Film Festival (screens Sept. 27)
- Boucheron in Baltimore (book festival runs Oct. 9-12)
- New Orleans International Film Festival (screens Oct. 12)
- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (screens Oct. 26-27)
- St. Louis International Film Festival (festival runs Nov. 13-23)
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)