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MADE IN HOLLYWOOD a film by BRUCE & NORMAN YONEMOTO with RON VAWTER & PATRICIA ARQUETTE. 1990. USA. 56 min. A hyper-stylized soap opera from an alternate Tinseltown.

This film screened exclusively for a week and is currently not available online.

To honor the legacy of the esteemed actor Ron Vawter, who passed away from AIDS-related complications thirty years ago, we’re partnering with Electronic Arts Intermix for a special transmission of the ingenious video artists Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s Made in Hollywood. We present this screening  to coincide with the Ron Vawter’s ‘Roy Cohn/Jack Smith’ series starting today at Anthology Film Archives.

 

The Yonemotos’ hilarious send-up of Tinseltown is as biting as it is profound, and stars an all-star cast that includes a 22-year-old Patricia Arquette, performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, Warhol Superstar Mary Woronov, the late Academy Award-nominated Michael Lerner, and of course: Ron Vawter. Vawter stars as Matt in the film, a grief-stricken NYC-artist who moves to California with his wife in search of a big -break. But the constant sunshine and poolside meetings do not agree with him; he seems much happier in a series of black-and-white flashbacks that see him rummaging through books by Germano Celant, Roland Barthes, and George Bataille in a SoHo loft where he’s hung up a portrait of Mao. “It’s like we’re living in a B-movie and it’s a bad print,” he tells his wife.

 

 

“Television was so formative. Our parents were media freaks, and as a family, we would go see a movie every week. And they got early TVs and, then, a color TV. And so I was just a TV kid.” BRUCE YONEMOTO

 

The Yonemotos made the film at a moment when artists from New York were moving to LA because they were “getting older and wanted creature comforts: a house, a boat, and a pool.” The film’s exaggerated vision of Hollywood as an intellectually barren site of commercial production built on the labor of passé artists and naïve actors is assuredly funny, but it also reflects its filmmakers’ keen insights about the broken system that undergirds cultural production in this country.

 

Born-and-raised in Southern California, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto went on to establish a collective art-making practice characterized by incisive and inventive video productions. Norman attended film school at UCLA and the American Film Institute. Bruce studied art at UC Berkeley, the Sokei Bijitsu Gakkō in Tokyo, and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute in LA—where he studied with the art critic Germano Celant. Together they filmed a series of agit-prop shorts, soap opera satires and adult films.

 

Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Text written by Nicolas Pedrero-Setzer.

Credits for
MADE IN HOLLYWOOD
cast
Patricia Arquette, Michael Lerner, Ron Vawter, Mary Woronov, Rachel Rosenthal, Greg Mehrten, Tim Miller, Raymond Cruz, Dona Hardy, Gordon Metcalf, Michael Smith, Perrey Reeves, David Schweizer, Alex Gerrard, Mike Kelley, Tiffany Gerrard & Dean Jones
produced by
Bruce Yonemoto
co-produced by
John Wentworth
written by
Bruce & Norman Yonemoto
edited by
Norman Yonemoto
music by
Carl Stone
production design
Patti Podesta & Gary Lloyd
made possible by
ZDF and the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the Film Arts Foundation. A KYO-DAI production.