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PALO ALTO w/ Gia Coppola Live (Free Event)

  • USC's Outside The Box (Office) 900 W. 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90007 (map)

Gia Coppola effortlessly adapts James Franco's book of short stories to the screen in her feature debut. Its spellbinding effects will leave you feeling lightheaded and eager to revisit its soundtrack moments after the credits roll. I saw this feature back in January at a private screening (not trying to "humblebrag," honest) and was sincerely impressed with all that I saw. Especially with the addition of Gia Coppola in attendance for a Q&A, this one comes highly recommended. Also, even though IMDB lists Palo Alto as her sole directing credit, Gia directed a short doc on the making of her grandfather's (Francis Ford Coppola) most recent film, Twixt. It is relegated to a special feature on the Twixt Blu-Ray, but is much more than a charming production chronicle - her "making of" doc rather appropriately manifests as a family affair, with herself playing multiple roles almost by default - most notably that of filmmaker and  granddaughter. As a result, FFC and the cast/crew open up to her in a way that seems impossible with anyone else who might have made the documentary. - SBP

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