Thursday, September 20, 2012

Break Into Films: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, September 20, 2012

Go see Academy Conversations on Campus with Geoffrey Fletcher at Morehouse.  Learn how to break into Films.
Who is Geoffrey Fletcher?  He's a screenwriter.  He's an Academy Award Winner. He's going to be at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse on Thursday night for a frank discussion on how to get into films.  With Atlanta becoming Hollywood of the South, it's definitely something you wanna check out.  From Morehouse,

"Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (“PRECIOUS”) will be hosting a discussion about “How to Break into the Film Industry” on Thursday, September 20 @ 6PM at the Ray Charles Community Center on the campus of Morehouse College. In 2010 Fletcher became the first and only African American to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “PRECIOUS” which starred MoNique and Gabourey Sidibe. Please join us for an evening of engaging dialogue of great questions and answers from Geoffrey Fletcher. This event is FREE and open to the public."

Go check it out.  Take your iPad for notes.

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Here's what you do Thursday

First:  Breakfast.  Go to New York and have a bagel with cream cheese and Lox or smoked salmon.  Know the difference between smoked salmon and Lox?  Both are salmon, but smoked salmon is first soaked in brine and then either cold or hot-smoked.  Lox is specifically Scandinavian Salmon, and it is just soaked in brine, no smoking.  Check out this blog for a more detailed explanation.  Anyway, get bagels, cream cheese with chives, smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and lemon at Whole Foods.  Toast the bagel lightly, smear the cream cheese, add the salmon, capers, and onion.  Garnish with lemon and add coarse fresh cracked black pepper to taste.    ($ - $10 per person).

Go to New York for breakfast with a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Second:  Do your homework.  Have a screening of precious and understand why Geoffrey Fletcher is on top.  Bring your tissues.  It's an emotional experience.  ($3.99 to rent on iTunes).

Third:  Lunch at Murphy's.  One of the anchors of the Virginia Ave. and Highland Ave.  intersection is Murphy's.  Established by Tom Murphy and now continued by his family, Murphy's is great fun, and great food.  Try the mango chicken salad, Waldorf chicken salad sandwich, or shrimp and Georgia grits stew.  Have a glass of very chilled sauvignon blanc, and enjoy a good conversation with your companion.  ($ - $25 per person)

Lunch at Murphy's.

Fourth:  Inside the Actors Studio.  It's a great show, and it'll give you some insight on what role you'd like to play in the film industry.  Check out videos on their site here.  One of my favorites is the recent Mad Men cast interview.

Fourth:  Take a nap.  Time to recharge for the discussion. tonight.

Fifth:  Go see Geoffrey Fletcher.  Take notes.  $Free.

Finally:  Have a late dinner and discuss what you learned.  Try out the bar at La Tavola for dinner.  
La Tavola is on Virginia Ave, right around the corner from Midtown Art.  Have the spaghetti and meatballs.  It's voted one of the 100 foods you have to have in Atlanta before you die in Creative Loafing, and they're not kidding.  Something lighter?  Try the beef tagliata.  Very thin slices of pepper crusted beef with arugula, shaved parmesan, and drizzled lightly with extra virgin olive oil.  Yum!  Finish up with the special dessert - trust them, whatever it is.  Note that seats at the bar are in high demand, but if you get in, Alli or Cris will treat you right.  Here's a hint.  Get a glass of wine and wait out on the benches for a seat to come up.  $40 per person.

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For two people:

Breakfast: $10
Precious: $4
Lunch: $50
Actors Studio: $Free
Nap: $Free
Geoffrey Fletcher: $Free
Dinner: $80

Total: $144

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