On March 2, Louisville Film Society is throwing their 1st annual Oscar Party, and it’s in our awesome new home in the Portand neighborhood. Local food and drinks, an auction, and a chance to see the new building, which includes a four-screen movie theatre. Definitely the place to be for the Oscar Party. Come cheer on our fellow Kentuckians at the show.
Louisville Magazine, a monthly in my hometown, recently asked several Louisvillian filmheads for their opinion of the best film adapted from a book. Questions with “best” and “favorite” tend to give me hives, but I took one for the hometown and ventured an opinion. (Because I’m usually so, you know, unopinionated…)
My answer is below, and all our answers are online.
Okay, let’s have it. What would you nominate for Best Adaptation from a Book?
“For William Mapother, actor and co-founder of the online film-investment marketplace Slated, form drives function, though sometimes an adaptation hits a home run. “Every narrative form has its own inherent advantage — for example, the internal for novels, dialogue for plays and the external (movement) for movies,” says Mapother, who most recendy starred in the Sundance Award-winning Another Earth… “This has produced the general rule for adaptations: The better the book, the worse the movie, and vice versa. (Stanley Kubrick explained: ‘Great writers are embarrassed by plot.’) So, let’s set aside the debate about which criteria to use (most difficult book to adapt, best book, degree of faithfulness to the source, etc.). Across all reasonable criteria for best adaptation, The Godfather receives the highest average score. It’s a great film, period. And it’s recogoizable as both an adaptation and a work of its own. And it so improves upon the source material that the book seems almost a novelization of the movie. (Author Mario Puzo also co-wrote the screenplay.) And it became a touchstone for adaptations. And, yes, it has Brando.”
As a co-founder of Slated, the film finance marketplace, I’m proud to share a few links with some great news about our company.
The first is on Slated’s own site and details our new focus and direction.
The second is an LA Weekly interview with Slated’s CEO and one of my co-founders, Stephan Paternot.
And the third is a Deadline Hollywood piece about Matthew Modine’s latest project being listed on Slated’s site.
Sadly, it’s not a subject that gets much media attention this time of year, but no one should allow elder abuse to drop off their radar during the Holidays. In fact, in some areas the abuse even increases during the Holiday season. So please keep an eye out for any signs of elder abuse in any form: physical, financial, emotional or sexual. If you have reason to believe that abuse has or will occur, please contact law enforcement.
The NY Times had an article last week by Patrick Egan, whose elderly father was the victim of theft at his assisted care living facility.
Here are some helpful links regarding the elderly:
Guide to Senior Living: State-by-State Options
Prevent Medicare Fraud: How To Avoid Abuse and Medical Billing Fraud
AARP Health Resource Library
Senior Care Resource Guide
Senior Health Info Page
Search for Physicians
TechWeek, a digiterati conference held in several large (so far) U.S. cities, has named me to their first LA TechWeek100. Per their site, “The Techweek100 identifies Los Angeles area leaders who have a significant impact on business and technology.” I’ve been named both for being a co-founder of the film finance marketplace Slated, and also as an investor in various tech startups. The list is humbling; I’m in very good company.
More from their site: “The Techweek100 includes managers of fast-growing technology companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other innovators that make important contributions to their field. The Techweek100 is not a ranking but rather a list of 100 technology leaders and organizations chosen by the Techweek community, Techweek Advisory Boards, and Team Techweek.”
The LA conference runs Nov. 21-22 and features a number of fascinating topics and speakers I’m looking forward to hearing.