*** Note: This event has been canceled as of 4/17. The Saturday, April 20 Behind the Scenes Tour is still on schedule.
A lot of false claims tend to be lodged against the Hollywood establishment -- people give themselves shiny statuettes every other day of the year is one -- but there is some truth in this: Tinseltowners likes to watch movies about Tinseltown.
The sheer number of films about the film business prove this to be factual. Now, whether Hollywood people make those stories because they reflect their personal slice of life or because the movies make for simply excellent stories is what quibblers are free to debate.
Let's be charitable, though, and weigh on the side of excellent story-making (and not that Angelenos like to see themselves reflected on the big screen).
The Movies About Making Movies Film Festival is exactly about all of this: films about how films are made. It's rolling at the TCL Chinese Theatre from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, and the range is pretty wide.
"Singin' in the Rain" is on there (it's all about the time when silents went talkie, of course). "The Aviator," too (Howard Hughes and his love affair with celluloid is one topic). And "The Day of the Locust" (which just happens to have an iconic scene that was filmed *outside* the Chinese Theatre).
Money raised from the festival will help both the historic theater's Atmospheric Lighting Restoration Fund and the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Fun fund fact: It's all about bringing back "Sid Grauman's original multi-hued lighting scheme."
Interesting, especially because the landmark is getting an IMAX screen. The future and the past converging at the same time, right? Or feel free to insert your own semi-poetic thought here.
That's a good point to end on, actually. The Chinese Theatre is set to close so the new screen may be installed on May 1, so this is one of your final chances to get inside and watch some classic films before the Hollywood Boulevard icon shutters for a few months.