A Lesson from Levinson

09-poliwood-009I attended the New York premiere of Barry Levinson’s film PoliWood at the Tribeca Film Festival with my friends from The Creative Coalition. The film both examines lobbying efforts by Hollywood celebrities as well as how the television media has changed since it’s origins as “profit” has overtaken “public service”.

While I was working on the book Art & Soul, I was invited to a rough cut screening while Levinson was editing his film. Watching the transformation from rough cut to release is a fascinating process if you’ve never seen it. After the rough cut screening I was asked by Levinson and producers Robin Bronk and Robert Baruc, for suggestions about what they should change. I must say that I thought the idea of giving “notes” to the Oscar-winning director of Rainman may seem absurd.

Levinson wasn’t after a critique of camera angles. He wanted to know how he could better communicate his message.

Better Communicate Your Message

Can’t we all learn from that? If an Oscar-winning director like Barry Levinson wants to know how to communicate better, shouldn’t we all?

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“PoliWood” world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“PoliWood” director Barry Levinson with Frank Luntz, Matthew Modine, Tim Daly, Josh Lucas, Wendy Malick and Ellen Burstyn at the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.
"PoliWood" producers Robert Baruc, Robin Bronk, director Barry Levinson and producer Tim Daly at the "PoliWood" after-party.
“PoliWood” producers Robert Baruc, Robin Bronk, director Barry Levinson and producer Tim Daly at the “PoliWood” after-party.
Tim Daly and Brian Smith at the "PoliWood" after-party.
Tim Daly and Brian Smith at the “PoliWood” after-party.

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