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The Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

By Nevin Jefferson

Hollywood JeT'aime




Production: Lightfoot Prods.

Cast: Eric Debets, Chad Allen, Diarra Kilpatrick, Michael Airington, Jonathan Blanc, Scott Romstadt.

Director-screenwriter: Jason Bushman

Producer: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Director of photography: Alison Kelly

Production designer: Michael Fitzgerald

Music: Timo Chen

Costume designer: Kari Cassellius

Editor: Phillip J. Bartell

No MPAA rating, 95 minutes





Devastated by a love affair gone to hell , Jerome (Eric Debets) journeys from Paris to Los Angeles over Christmas, longing for a change of scenery and dreaming of a career in the movies. The opening scenes in Paris are in Black and White. When Jerome hits Hollywood, the film changes to bright candy colors like the Wizard of Oz. Jerome checks into a seedy Hollywood hostel when he gets to L.A. Once in Hollywood, Jerome tries his best to enjoy the city, making endearing first-timer mistakes. He pisses of the cab driver and bartender by not tipping them. Later when he goes back to the bar the bartender rips him a new one for not tipping him. Jerome slides a quarter from his change to the bartender who get's totally pissed behind this. The bus ride to the beach takes all day and he finds that the beach is cold. While suffering at the beach Jerome hits it off with a gay pot dealer (Chad Allen), who drives him halfway home. A taco-stand tranny named Kaleesha (Diarra Kilpatrick) escorts him the rest of the way, introducing him to Norma Desire (Michael Airington), a "shabby chic" Silverlake drag queen who takes Jerome under her wing. One of the movie's jokes is that Jerome travels everywhere in car-crazed Los Angeles by bus. Somehow he survives. The drug dealer introduces Jerome to a commercial agent, who sends him out on a couple of interviews. The scenes showing the audition process are the comic highlights of the movie. One audition is for a dancer in a video where Jerome fumbles on hitting the mark and saying his name then giving a profile. When its time for him to dance he just stands there looking lost. The Pizza commercial audition has him walking down the street with his girlfriend then sitting down and eating pizza. He gets the job after imagining that the woman is Giles and gets into the role. Bushman's shrewd firsthand knowledge of the less glamorous side of the Hollywood merry-go-round gives a nice ride. Jerome also has a few romantic flirtations, including a sexually explicit encounter with a waiter he meets at a bath house. After finding it all in Hollywood Jerome leaves for Paris because he's still in love with Giles and returns to his apartment. The winning formula for this film is the characters ;the sad-eyed Frenchman who ends up surrounded by an exquisite cast of Hollywood


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