Dubbed “an intimate portrait of life, death, friendship and the movies,” the feature-length, documentary film Something’s Gonna Live will have its Peninsula premier at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. The film’s director, Daniel Raim (pictured), will be on hand to answer audience questions afterward. The screening is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Call 650.330.2512 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It has been extremely gratifying playing the film for audiences and speaking with them afterward, said Raim. “It’s a film about classic Hollywood and making great movies, but it is also about the virtue of spending your life doing something you believe in, as told through the eyes of some grand old masters of cinema. And it’s fantastic that to see audiences connect with these characters and leave the theater thinking about their own lives, and their own contributions to the world, their family and children.”
The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker captures the late-life coming together of renowned art directors (and lifelong friends) Robert “Bob” Boyle (North by Northwest, The Birds), Henry Bumstead (To Kill A Mockingbird, The Sting) and Albert Nozaki (The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), storyboard artist Harold Michelson (The Graduate, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), as well as master cinematographers Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Medium Cool) and Conrad Hall(In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid). These six cinema artists shared 25 Oscar nominations, 400 films, and 300 years of movie making.
“My challenge was to tell the story of their legacy while at the same time avoiding a purely nostalgic look at the ‘good old days,'” Raim said. “Haskell Wexler summed it up best when he reflected, ‘It never was great, really. What was great was us trying to make it great!'”
Raim developed a passion for filmmaking that led him in 1997 to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied under one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed collaborators, production designer Robert Boyle. In 2001, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary The Man on Lincoln’s Nose which celebrated Boyle’s life and work.
The Menlo Park Library Outreach Program, Friends of the Menlo Park Library, Project Read-Menlo Park, City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, The Almanac, Kepler’s Books, and Café Zoe collaborated to bring the documentary and director to Menlo Park. The evening will begin with live jazz by the Jym Marks Quartet.