Sunday, November 22, 2015

Santa Fe Filmmaker Skewers the Concept of Celebrity

After ten years, Mark Steven Shepherd is finally ready to unveil his documentary Red Carpet Burn.

The one-hour documentary will have its world premiere at the Santa Fe Film Festival on December 2nd, the event's opening day, with encore screenings scheduled for December 5th and 6th.

Shepherd traces the history of the red carpet, from royal court origins around 450 B.C. to its use today as a launchpad for new celebrities, new romances and new looks. He very cheekily created a fake film festival in Montreal and also hired a model to crash the red carpet at the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival, outfitting the woman in a dress made out of film celluloid strips.

From an interview in the Albuquerque Journal :

"The film dress was just shipped to Santa Fe from Hollywood and arrived today and will be worn at the Santa Fe Film Festival by a local model," Sheperd says.
"People from all walks of life who have viewed it have found the film entertaining, funny and informative," he says. "People who are proud to say, ‘I don’t own a TV, I read books’ who have viewed it even like it. I had a small screening recently with an actress whose career has skyrocketed with leading roles in Fast and Furious, Scorch Trials and Game of Thrones and she became a fan of my work and thought it was very funny and entertaining."

Adding to the house-of-mirrors qualities of the film is the fact that in addition to the dress looking like something Jennifer Lopez or Lady Gaga might wear on the red carpet, the garment was created by a veteran Hollywood costume designer. Sanja Milkovic Hays' many credits include the aforementioned Fast and Furious franchise as well as Star Trek films, the recent Total Recall remake and TV movies.

Shepherd is originally from Granada Hills. The San Fernando Valley enclave is just over the hill from the Dolby Theatre and is also the birthplace of someone who has dazzled on many a Hollywood red carpet - Ashley Judd.

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