Monday, April 2, 2007 - Student Film
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" In Florence, South Carolina, on January 11, 2000, the president asked the question. Fade to black. Fade in - central Hollywood Boulevard - Monday, April 2, 2007 - and you have your answer.
Scene - a movie location shoot for a student film - "Beats per Minute" - and the young folks from Cal State University, Northridge, are hard at work.
Establishing Shot - every cliché about Hollywood you ever imagined, the hooker, the innocent young man and all the rest - but maybe it's a parody.
The production is very professional - the program, CSUN Department of Cinema and Television Arts, is good, as in this news release - "CSUN's film program recently was named Southern California's best by the Association of Independent Feature Film Producers." Mel Gibson recently spoke to the students - see LA Daily News - Mount Mel Erupts Again. It seems Gibson was there to discuss his last film, Apocalypto, and a tenured history professor, in the question and answer session, suggested he might have had more than few details of Mayan history all wrong. He showered her with obscenities - he didn't use Yukatec Maya language at all, as he did in the film - and his people roughed her up and threw her out. The kids now know about the business.