Author Events During the Sundance Film Festival 2014

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Saturday, January 18, 2014:

HOLLYWOODang smallHollywood PL Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen is a coffee table book that features the incredible stories of twenty-three acclaimed Polish filmmakers that collectively reveal a nuanced narrative about the immigrant experience, about finding happiness, and about making dreams come true. Twenty-three biographies. Four years of private encounters on two continents. Hundreds of hours of conversations. Dozens of hours of epic photo-shoots. Documented in one book by Agnieszka Niezgoda and photographer Jacek Laskus, ASC. Niezgoda and Laskus will be presenting their book and signing at Dolly’s from 4:30 – 6:00 PM.

Sunday, January 19, 2014:


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Author Jack Truman is an award-winning filmmaker and 25 year veteran of stage and film. A former professor at Texas A&M University, Truman has also appeared in several television series and major motion pictures. His film directorial debut, the award-winning hit cult short film PHONE SEX GRANDMA premiered at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. Combined, Truman’s films have screened at over 300 film festivals worldwide to date. Jack was recently on the Short Film Jury at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Truman will be signing his book, NO BUDGET FILMMAKING or How to be a Well-Known Filmmaker & Be Broke at the Same Time, here at Dolly’s from 2:00-3:30 PM on Sunday, January 19.



William Squire, author/agent/model shares the ‘secrets of Hollywood’ and how to start, develop and maintain a successful career as a model/actor/singer/dancer in the entertainment industry at 3:30 to 4:30 PM. His book, The Model’s Workbook: A Hollywood Agents Step Guide to Launching Your Career! Learn how to get an agent and have the ‘perfect’ interview, what casting agents are looking for and how to book more auditions and jobs, the business savvy you need to sustain a successful career, how anyone at any age, with any body type and at any height can have a work in the world of fashion, and tips from an industry insider that will set you in motion to realize your dreams!

Also on Sunday, author Danny Schechter with his book, Madiba A to Z The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela from 5:00-6:00 PM. This is an in-depth look into Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy in a creative biography from the maker of six documentaries on Mandela and an activist in the anti-apartheid movement since the 60s. A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, drawing on Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba, as he is known in his native South Africa. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a fictionalized biopic based on Mandela’s bestselling autobiography released on November 29 from the Weinstein Company.


Monday, January 20, 2014:


Louise Levison, film financial consultant, presents her new edition of Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents, at 2:00 PM. The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for “The Blair Witch Project,” shows budding filmmakers how to create a business plan and how to avoid common business plan mistakes.

Harris Tulchin, Entertainment Attorney, with his book, Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook at 7:00 PM. In this comprehensive guidebook, three experienced entertainment lawyers tell you everything you need to know to produce and market an independent film-from the development process to deal making, financing, setting up the production, hiring directors, and much more!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014:

A. J. Albany‘s recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl’s unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, but between gigs he slipped into drug-induced obscurity. It was during these times that his daughter knew him best. After her mother disappeared, six-year-old Amy Jo and her charming, troubled father set up housekeeping in a seamy Hollywood hotel. While Joe finished a set in some red-boothed dive, chances were you’d find Amy curled up asleep on someone’s fur coat, clutching a 78 of Louis Armstrong’s “Sugar Blues” or, later, a photograph of the man himself, inscribed, “To little Amy Jo, always in love with you–Pops.”
A. J. Albany guides us through the dope and deviance of the late 1960s and early 1970s in her book Low Down, Hollywood’s shadowy underbelly and beyond. What emerges is a raw, gripping, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young girl trying to survive among the outcasts, misfits, and artists who surrounded her. Albany will be signing at Dolly’s from 3:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday.

Friday, January 24, 2014:

In her latest book, Amy Goodman provides a vivid record of the events, conflicts, and social movements shaping our society today. Giving voice to ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power across the country and around the world. Her writing and daily work at the grassroots public TV/radio news hour “Democracy Now!,” carried on more than a thousand stations globally and at, casts in stark relief the stories of the silenced majority. These stories are set against the backdrop of the mainstream media’s abject failure, with its small circle of pundits who know so little about so much, attempting to explain the world to us and getting it so wrong.
Dolly’s is honored to have Amy Goodman during this year’s Festival. Amy will be at Dolly’s from 1:00-2:00 PM on Friday.