Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Videos!

I have just finished my first semester at USC SCA, with the exception of my 510 paper in which I will compare Ingrid Bergman in "A Woman's Face" to the play "Hedda Gabler."

I haven't been posting that often because of my course load and I'm hoping summer vacation will change things. If you are or were curious about what I've been up to-- here are some examples.
The first is a film I directed...

Friday, April 23, 2010

TCM FIlm Festival Day 1

Hello all!
Tonight was the first night of the 1st TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, CA and it was marvelous!
I went with my friend Alex and he and I saw Monkey Business and Casablanca.
Monkey Business stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe, was directed by Howard Hawk and it is a blast. I hadn't seen it in a few years and it cracked me up as well as brought back some great memories of watching it with my Dad.

Casablanca, was better than I had imagined. To see Ingrid's talent and beauty on the big screen was breathtaking. It was a complete experience. It was like traveling back in time in a comfy theater seat, with popcorn fuel and soda pop dreams. Her tears for Rick and Laszlo were as big as me! I seriously almost cried when she asked Sam to play "As Time Goes By."
I also clapped and sang along to "Knock on Wood." LOL. I think they should tour with this film and we should make it like the Rocky Horror Picture Show-- everyone participate and dress up... but don't dress like a Nazi. That wouldn't be tasteful.

Well I'm tired- so I can't report much more, except that everyone should see an Ingrid Bergman film or a classic film on the big screen before they die. It's pure bliss.
Here are some pictures from today and tomorrow I think I will be wearing my floppy brown hat and my blue and gold dress.* If you are at the festival, please say hello-- or send an email to and let me know if you're going to a screening. It would be great to have some pictures with readers and to meet you!

Marquee at Mann's Chinese 6.

Alex and Me (he's a brilliant filmmaker who is in my class at USC SCA)
(Me next to the Casablanca image on the map at Mann's Chinese 6 Theater)
(This is the red carpet we couldn't get to because our passes are just "Classic" lol)

Oh - PS - Peter Bogdanovich introduced Monkey Business and Ben Mankiewicz introducedCasablanca- both were hilarious and know their stuff. Entertaining and informative! :)

*Change of plans with the clothing... but I'll definitely have my floppy hat. I'll probably tweet what I'm wearing and which screening I'm at, if anyone is there.

Monday, April 19, 2010


I had some drama obtaining a TCM Film Festival pass, but I am going to get it soon!
My school had a give away of 30 "Classic" level passes and I was 3rd in line to get one. Well, the girl at the office told us to take our numbered tickets she had handed us and to come back any time that day to appropriate the passes. My friend Alex and I went at 1:30 and the guy she worked with had given the passes away at 1. He said "I sent in the email that they would be handed out at 1." I replied, "We were here at 11:30! She told us to come back any time!" Well, he said he was working on getting more passes and we were allowed to put our names at the top of the list because of our numbered tickets being #3 and #4.

Today I found out that we are on the top of a list of 5 people getting passes (the ones who would have been handed their passes last week if things had worked properly).

I am also working on finishing my rough cut of my current project so that I can cut out of class early on Thursday and see the 10 PM screening of Casablanca! I hope to attend as many of the films as possible this coming weekend-- I'll be sure to take my video and still cameras. Hopefully I can piece together a cute video or something for everyone to see what goes on at the TCM Film Festival!

If you're going to be there at all-- please let me know-- maybe you could be in the video? It would be great to meet other Ingrid Bergman and Classic Film fans!

That's all for now- I have a lot of work to do to prepare! (So many exclamation points.)
Ingridly Love,

I love USC SCA for getting me a $500 pass for free. They better not f- this up!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

TCM Film Festival

I wanted to see if anyone is going to the TCM Film Festival coming up on April 22-25? I am going to go, and DEFINITELY going to see Casablanca on Friday night.
If anyone is also going to the festival, let me know! We can perhaps meet and greet there. I'm most likely going to bring a camera and take pictures and video for the blog!! :) So we can all feel like we get a piece of the action.

If you are going to the festival- please send me an email or leave a comment! Hope to see some of you there! :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Popping In

Hello Readers-
Sorry I've been a phantom of the blog these past months. I've been crazy busy with school. I hope to have some fantastic posts when things slow down. I am actually attempting to read a dissertation written by a NC State Professor about Ingrid and Roberto Rossellini. One of our fellow readers/fans wrote me about it and I'm trying to get enough info for a really juicy post!
I'll have some downtime after the semester and will hopefully give you more detailed Ingrid posts and maybe someday attempt to play by play Casablanca. LOL.
Hope you're all doing well. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you're up to!
I watched Notorious! last night, and like always-- Fell in love with the film AGAIN! :)
Ingridly Love,

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An avid Ingrid Bergman fan, I am a student of her life and work as well as film, filmmaking and Classic Film in general. I have my M.F.A. in TV/Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and have been making a living in the business they call show. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexis_morrell