I spent the past week with my family in Murrieta, California, at the Joni and Friends Retreat. It’s something that my brother KC has done for the past ten years and always looks forward to. This was my third or fourth year. For the talent show my sister Hannah and I wanted to make a movie so we forced some of our friends to help us out. This is the Red Carpet Premiere Party of our movie LOST. Tomorrow the movie will be debuted.
I returned Santa. I don’t really want to talk about it, so you can watch instead. If you missed the video of when we met go here.
“Viggo Mortensen, who plays the father, said the same thing. “It’s a love story that’s also an endurance contest,” he explained, and quickly added: “I mean that in a positive way. They’re on this difficult journey, and the father is basically learning from the son. So if the father-son thing doesn’t work, then the movie doesn’t work. The rest of it wouldn’t matter. It would never be more than a pretty good movie. But with Kodi in it, it has a chance to be an extremely good movie, maybe even a great one.”
“Kodi is Kodi Smit-McPhee, an 11-year-old Australian who plays the son and bowled everyone over when he tested for the part, greatly reducing the anxiety filmmakers feel when casting a child. Some of the crew privately referred to him as the Alien because of the uncanny, almost freakish way that on a moment’s notice he switched accents and turned himself from a child into a movie star. Days after the filming of a climactic, emotional scene, people on the set were still marveling at Kodi’s performance. A couple said they had puddled up just from watching the monitor and needed to sneak a tear-dabbing finger behind their sunglasses.”
The movie Holly opened to limited release in April and was featured in Portland last night at the Hollywood Theatre. Holly is about a young Vietnamese girl named Holly who was sold by her family to become a prostitute in Cambodia. A wandering American, Patrick (Ron Livingston from Office Space), accidentally comes upon her and a friendship blossoms. But Patrick leaves and Holly is sold to another brothel. When Patrick returns to try and buy her freedom he must go looking for the girl. It’s a powerfully moving story with superb acting, especially from Thuy Nguyen who plays Holly.
According to RedLightChildren.org 2 million children worldwide are a part of a multi-billion dollar criminal business that occurs in every country. “In 2002, while traveling in Phnom Penh, New York Lawyer Guy Jacobson encountered a barrage of young girls, some just 5-years old, aggressively soliciting prostitution. The horror was not lost on him. Shortly thereafter, he began gathering together a passionate group of advocates determined to protect young children in danger of becoming part of the global sex trade.” He created three films, one of which is Holly, in trying to expose the truth of human trafficking and prostitution.
The writer of the movie, Guy Jacobson, was also on hand and answered questions afterwards. He said that they filmed the movie in the capital of Cambodia where the story would have taken place. They filmed the brothel scenes in an actual brothel, which didn’t make the locals happy when they learned what the movie was about. INTERPOL, the international police organization, called up the production team, and told them they were nuts for filming the movie at that location. They said they were in the most dangerous city in the world and they needed to get the hell out of there. The production team refused. INTERPOL told them that the Chinese and Cambodian mafias had contracts out to kill them.
Holly has opened in numerous other cities and is still showing in Portland. It will be opening in Seattle next week. Chicago, Columbus, and Dayton are last on the list. Here’s the Time’s review. Watch the trailer here. View more clips here.