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Hollywood Pl. Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen.
Author event and book signing
Conversations with Agnieszka Niezgoda and Adam Holender
"Historical, political and so very inspirational. A journey of Polish film artists from their native country to Hollywood, whose struggles, sacrifices and successes are told in their own words. Beautiful photographs and moving conversations combine to capture the oftentimes eccentric and always poetic lives of some of cinema's most accomplished artists. An exciting ride that's left me a little more than what I was before taking it."
Carl Franklin, Director: Devil in the Blue Dress, Out of Time, One False Move, House of Cards
"My great surprise on reading this wonderful book is that far from being only a source of inspiration for filmmakers aspiring to work in Hollywood, it fostered in me great pride in being part of the Hollywood system. We will open our arms and embrace those with talent and determination, and the Polish filmmakers interviewed in Hollywood PL are a lesson and reminder that all things are possible. The American Dream is alive and well."
Michael Phillips, Producer: Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Sting
Twenty-three biographies. Four years of private encounters on two continents, Hundreds of hours of conversations, conducted at homes in Los Angeles, Malibu, New York, Paris, London, Warsaw. Dozens of hours of epic photo-shoots in the locations mentioned above. Documented in one book.
Hollywood PL is a large format non-fiction book that features the incredible stories of twenty-three acclaimed Polish-born filmmakers, whose vision left an indelible mark on today's Hollywood. They are winners of Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys; visionaries, luminaries, and undeniable talents. Among those featured are: directors: Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness), Roman Polanski (Chinatown), Zbig Rybczynski (Tango); composers: Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland), Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man); directors of photography: Adam Holender (Midnight Cowboy), Slawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Dawn), Dariusz Wolski (Pirates of the Caribbean); production and costume designers: Allan Starski (Schindler's List), Waldemar Kalinowski (Leaving Las Vegas), Ann B. Sheppard (Inglourious Bastards); actors: Beata Pozniak (JFK), Alicja Bachleda (Ondine), and many more. Their travels chart terrain both unexpected and familiar; their stories as unique are universally relatable.
Hollywood PL allows us to gaze into the eyes of its characters, captured in the magnificent, painterly photographs, as we absorb their intimate testimonies. Personal anecdotes offer a behind-the-scenes look at life in Hollywood, contextualized against the broader backdrop of the immigrant's pursuit of the American Dream. Through heart-wrenching drama and character-forging struggled, each story discovers the fulfillment that rewards the human endeavor to reach beyond the sky.
Hollywood PL. Beyond the Dreams: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen.
Conversations: Agnieszka Niezgoda, Photographs: Jacek Laskus
Large format non-fiction/ Hardcover/ First Edition/ 224 pages, 68 photographs/ The book is available in both, separate Editions: English and Polish/ Book price: $55.00
The event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. RSVP required.
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Agnieszka Niezgoda - writer, producer, and publisher. Author (Hollywood PL, Dobranocka), and a journalist whose credits include working for Polityka weekly, Elle magazine, HBO Central Europe, and Focus magazine. A graduate in Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw.
Adam Holender - cinematographer, known for his work on Midnight Cowboy (1969), Smoke (1995), Fresh (1994). In 1939 his family was deported to a Siberian labor camp where he spent his early childhood. After graduating with MA degree in cinematography, he worked on several film productions in Poland. In 1966, he traveled to Montreal, Canada, then to New York, where soon after he earned his first narrative credit for Midnight Cowboy in 1968.