Dollar Babies Mini-Film Fest

Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
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Dates: October 02 at 10pm & October 3 at 2pm
Description: After the breakout success of his first few novels, Stephen King did a radical and awesome thing. As King states in his foreward to the published screenplay of The Shawshank Redemption: “Around 1977 or so, when I started having some popular success, I saw a way to give back a little of the joy the movies had given me… I established a policy which still holds today. I will grant any student filmmaker the right to make a movie out of any short story I have written (not the novels, that would be ridiculous), so long as the film rights are still mine to assign. I ask them to sign a paper promising that no resulting film will be exhibited commercially without approval, and that they send me a videotape of the finished work. For this one-time right I ask a dollar. I have made the dollar-deal, as I call it, over my accountant’s moans and head-clutching protests sixteen or seventeen times as of this writing [1996] — I’d look at the films — then put them up on a shelf I had marked ‘Dollar Babies.'”

The results have been dozens and dozens of adaptations, from the most charmingly amateurish of home movies to ambitious attempts by future big-name directors (Frank Darabont’s first Stephen King adaptation was a “Dollar Baby”). It’s a chance to see the the other version of Children of the Corn or The Lawnmower Man, and to see if you think the student filmmaker with a 16mm Bolex did it better than Hollywood!

Saturday’s night of films will conclude with a 35mm screening of feature-length “dollar baby” Riding The Bullet (w/ director Mick Garris in person!) — and other titles will be announced in upcoming days!

The shows are free, but Cinefamily would appreciate a $10 donation to their 501(c)3 charitable non-profit.