Friday, September 16, 2005


What Ever Happened to Adam Davidson?

If you were Adam Davidson, 1990 was a pretty good year. The aspiring young filmmaker had been attending Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, and his short live action film, The Lunch Date had become nothing less than a phenomenon. It first won the Student Academy Awards for best achievement (drama) and best directing. It then went on to win the Palme D'or at Cannes for Best Short Film and finally garnered an Oscar for Best Live Action Short. Not a bad year. Davidson seemed well on his way to a huge career (The next Coppola? The next Scorsese?) Industry chatter was abuzz with what his next project would be? It was quickly announced that he would write Hell Camp, a screenplay inspired by a real life executive training camp in Japan. The film was to be directed by Oscar winner Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus). But that project fell through at the last moment and since then, Davidson has mainly been making a living directing episodic TV, including "Six Feet Under," "Monk," and a "Law and Order" episode that earned him a Directors Guild nomination. A collaboration (of sorts) with Forman finally came to fruition in 2000 with Davidson's feature film directorial debut Way Past Cool, an independent film which Forman, along with Norman Lear, executive produced. (But the film played only one week in theaters -- and only in New York.) This year, Davidson is reportedly working on a documentary entitled For Norman...Wherever You Are, and has taken a stab at directing live theater in Los Angeles. It seems a far cry from 1990, when the industry just couldn't seem to give him enough accolades for a ten minute film.

I'm sure there's a stack of artists who have their moment in the sun, and disappear into commercial work, etc. Others who's work is less than impressing, like Jerry Bruckheimer, still have their stamp on releases every season. There ain't no justice in Hollywood..

I want to see an Anthony P. Montesano picture. Come on!
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