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Henry Jaglom Says DVD's a 'Dream'

25 Jun, 2008 By: Billy Gil

Henry Jaglom and Tanna Frederick.

Henry Jaglom, director of Hollywood Dreams, out on DVD from TLA Releasing, had nothing but kind words for the DVD industry at the Home Media Expo.

“You are the most vital link because you are what we count on to bring us to the people,” Jaglom said of the industry's aid to independent filmmakers. “You keep us alive.”

Jaglom spoke alongside Hollywood Dreams star Tanna Frederick in promotion of the recently released film, along with Jaglom's long list of films available on DVD, presented by The Rainbow Film Company. Frederick will appear in another Jaglom film, Irene in Time, releasing later this year, as well as the sequel to Hollywood Dreams at the end of the year.

Whereas Hollywood Dreams followed Frederick's fresh-faced girl from Iowa pursuing and finding her stardom in Hollywood, the as-yet-unnamed sequel explores the aftermath.

“… When Cinderella gets her prince charming, then what?” Frederick said of the film, which she said begins with a shot of her character under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, “a la Lindsay Lohan.”

Jaglom's films largely explore the myriad issues faced by women, which, Jaglom said, are mostly ignored in Hollywood. Eating (on DVD from New Video Group) discusses women's issues with food, Going Shopping (on DVD from MTI Home Video) covers obsessive spending on clothes, and Babyfever (released on DVD in 2003 through Koch label Fox Lorber) about women facing ticking biological clocks.

“Women are rarely depicted in … a serious way,” Jaglom said of most Hollywood films. Jaglom said, contrary to Hollywood, he likes to make “entertaining films that tell the truth about human beings.”

But, Frederick said, Jaglom also has respect, passion and love for people of the entertainment industry. Jaglom related stories about Orson Welles, who appeared in Jaglom's first film — and the only of Jaglom's films not on DVD — A Safe Place. He said Welles was excited about the dawn of home video before his death in 1985.

“We're collectibles!” Jaglom related what Welles had said. And Jaglom agreed.

“I think the fear [that DVD will disappear], I don't believe that,” Jaglom said. “You collect them, and you want to keep them. …It's an astonishing thing, what DVDs have accomplished.”

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