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Camp Hollywood (2004)

A porn star, a bank robber and a Shakespearean actor are some of the subjects of Camp Hollywood, a feature documentary about the residents of a legendary Hollywood hotel. Seen through the ... See full summary »

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Steve Markle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Markle ... Himself, Comedian / Filmmaker
David Julian Hirsh ... Himself, Actor
Brooke Nevin ... Herself, Actress
Roy Dotrice ... Himself, Actor
Polly Shannon ... Herself, Actress
Saul Rubinek ... Himself, Actor / Director
Ryan Belleville ... Himself, Actor / Comedian
Maury Chaykin ... Himself, Actor
Mark Margolis ... Himself, Actor
Laura Jordan ... Herself, Actress
Gary Indiana Gary Indiana ... Himself, Novelist
Malin Akerman ... Herself, Actress
Brian Irwin ... Himself, Singer / Songwriter
Daven Siltanen Daven Siltanen ... Himself, Bank Robber / Actor
Harrold Themmen Harrold Themmen ... Himself, Clarinetist
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A porn star, a bank robber and a Shakespearean actor are some of the subjects of Camp Hollywood, a feature documentary about the residents of a legendary Hollywood hotel. Seen through the eyes of a Canadian comic who's come out to L.A. for the first time, Camp Hollywood is an intimate portrait of the actors, musicians and other transients he meets during his two-month stay. Written by Hyman Jones

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2004 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD60,000 (estimated)
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Hirsh/Markle See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Written and performed by Jon Levine
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada (SOCAN)/Old Schul Music Inc. (SOCAN)
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Inspired look at the struggles of making it in LA and being Canadian...
17 October 2006 | by ew-46See all my reviews

I just saw this documentary on Sundance channel. I worked on movies and TV for five years while living in LA in the 80's -- in production, grip, electric, effects, and even video assist (where I got to read the paper on set and not get in trouble.) I remember one grip's shirt that sums up the drive that I've felt in many of my co-workers, it read, "What I really want to do is direct." Natch… And then, there are the actors. Who doesn't know someone who has a dream of acting? Anyone who has spent more than a day in LA has met these dreamers in person. (Often they're the ones reading off the daily specials at tony and not-so-tony restaurants.) I have always loved the earthy soulful qualities of Canadians and Canada. I appreciate the balance they give to their crazy cowboy neighbor to the South. Compared to the posing and fronting that we hold forth as 'mericans, Canadians are so refreshingly upfront and human – generally speaking, of course.

With the insight from my unexpected yet unsurprisingly surreal production experience in LA, I laughed at a lot of the interviews, because I have met characters like this and love their authenticity and struggling bravado. Some of the fusion of subject and the movie making reminded me of another favorite documentary, Sherman's March. Especially the parts when the director is unapologetically and hopefully attracted to the super cute actresses in the Highland Gardens hotel where it was shot.

I felt like bringing the folks in the hotel a big basket of food and gift certificates to clothing stores because of their hopeful optimism amidst the constant ego crushing that is the business of trying to get gigs. I jumped online right after seeing this doc and even opened Word to get a word count and spell check to satisfy IMDb guidelines so I could give this winning work some love.


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