2006-03-10 - film project MAK Schindler House, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a town worldwide known as a place of the Hollywood.
The image of the Hollywood is the only thing that an average inhabitant of the Earth knows of LA.
Movies those coming out from the Hollywood provide utopias and myths towards and regarding the entire world, showing either cosmic or world wars or teaching of the meaning of life. There do exist some schemes – those aesthetical and informational - in the Hollywood, which are aimed to represent almost each phenomenon and aspect of life. The nature and the essence of cinema is the ideology, which canalize itself through aesthetics. However, those common senses given by the Hollywood are not always that objective. The images of heroes, for instance, are not always that realistic. The whole picture of life, including architectural views and interiors of the flats is sometimes totally fake, because scenarios are mostly based on tales and anecdotes.

What I also had in interest to me while doing this project was a special atmosphere, which exist all around the Hollywood. Many young people use to come here looking or a luck happens to them. They really do any jobs to keep themselves alive, appearing at all the possible castings for searching for a role to be given to them. Jobless actors and actresses, they carry the weight of the reality awaiting for a wonder would one day happen to them.
I announced my project as a new Russian-American cinema project and started castings in my residence in LA. The scenario was nothing but an improvisation on the topic "Why I Love America", - and all the actors had talked this only thing while casting.
The topic "That Is Why I Love America" was not taken from any written script but was completely up to actors to prepare.
Their opinion upon what the motherland means to them was important to me. And they had to express if they love their motherland or not.
Therefore, the point was to find out their personal attitude to what they are saying.
The materials from those castings became the film in the end.


© Elena Kovylina, 2003-2008