Sunday, April 21, 2024

Dennis Hopper’s Final Project, “The Last Film Festival,” Raising Dough on Kickstarter


Listen up, everyone. My old pal Linda Yellen, who’s made so many great movies for cinema and TV, has taken to Kickstart for an unusual project. She wants to release Dennis Hopper’s last movie, “The Last Film Festival” with Dennis and Jackie Bisset. It’s terrific– I’ve seen it– and we need to help her get it out there. Dennis was a hero of so many people. Jackie Bisset is one of our best actresses ever. It’s well worth it!

Linda writes: “A number of years ago I was lucky enough to meet Dennis at the legendary Sundance Film Festival. We spent a lot of time laughing at the excitement, extravagance, and chaos of it all. Sundance is simply one of the best film festivals in the world, and I wondered what the worst would be like? Dennis turned to me and said “that’s a great idea kid, you write the script and I’ll do it.” And he did!

Dennis Hopper has long been a hero of mine. He changed the face of independent filmmaking for generations to come with his groundbreaking and wildly successful film, Easy Rider, and gave fearless performances whether playing rebels in Apocalypse Now, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant, or villains in True Romance, Blue Velvet and Speed. He was always convincing and unforgettable.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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