Somewhere between This Is Spinal Tap!, That’s Entertainment!, and Sunset Boulevard, the highly anticipated indie feature Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story from writer/director Scott Fivelson has its world premiere this month at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.
It will be screening at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 19th, at the Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14 in Downtown L.A.
The film has already won Fivelson the Breakthrough Director Spotlight award from HRIFF for a unique movie that is especially well-placed in its proximity to the Oscars.
A unique Hollywood biopic, Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story is a life-and-times chronicle of one of our greatest directors – “Oskar Knight.”
Lenny Von Dohlen (Twin Peaks, Tender Mercies, American Playhouse) brings the iconic director stirringly to life — a legend of American cinema, forgotten by many, but remembered here by such real-life stars as Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien, International Emmy winner David Suchet, Joaquim de Almeida, Kristina Anapau, Julianna Guill, Rudolf Martin, Randall Batinkoff, Lawrence Pressman, Noel Neill, and many more.
Writer/director Scott Fivelson says of the subject of his documentary: “He probably never should have made Oskar Knight’s Moby Dick. But he did make They Came in Low.”
Witty, nostalgic, and at times even poignant, Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story has been finding itself with an ever-growing fanbase in Europe, thanks to followers of Eyes On Cinema, the Amsterdam-based YouTube channel, which tributes the great moviemakers – now including Knight – with the film’s teasers posted elbow-to-elbow with Hitchcock and Welles.
“It’s a shame,” says Fivelson. “There’s only one pristine 35mm print of Knight’s classic, “They Came in Low” and it’s hidden in Marty Scorsese’s garage, and he keeps saying. The combination of satire and heart that’s at the center of Near Myth: The Oskar Knight.
Story is a hallmark of Fivelson’s work. He previously co-wrote (with Junior Burke) the memorable David Carradine/Michael Maloney music-biz film, American Reel, and he penned 3 Holes and a Smoking Gun, for which he won Best Screenwriter at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles in 2014.
“That’s just the way it was back then,” says Oskar Knight, Jr. in the picture, remembering his famous father and a world gone by.
Come relive the days when movies were Movies.
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