Xan Cassavetes Talks About Her Film, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
I love doing these events, but last night was especially thrilling, as we were able to present two tremendous documentaries that will be seen widely on TV, but which may not get the on-screen opportunities they so richly deserve.
Hundreds of people came out to the Pacific Design Center to see the story of how one man created, with a great deal of help, a groundbreaking yet never repeated movie-lovers paradise on cable, while the second film showed how one person can make a difference in even the most challenging lives of children. Both films' heroes had big wins and big losses, but the passion made their journies stand out with singularity. And the passion of the filmmakers equally so.
I'm only sorry than Zana Briski wasn't there to hang out with Xan Casavettes... two women who have the passion to make things happen in this often all-too-comfortable world of the arts. (Born Into Brothels co-director Ross Kauffman, a great guy, would have been fun to have too... just not as fun...)
The next four films in the line up: The Sea Inside, Beyond The Sea, The Phantom of The Opera and Alexander... phew...