Saget’s short film is a precursor to his subsequent successful career as a stand-up comedian. In the film, he projects himself as a successful art-house filmmaker, like Bergman or Fellini, and proceeds to poll passing pedestrians about their knowledge of the “famous” local filmmaker, Bob Saget, to hilarious results. He even enlists the not-yet-famous Philly girl group, Sister Sledge, to perform in his film.
Emmy-Award winning editor Leo Trombetta set his sights on South Philly crooner Billy Ruth in this eponymous documentary. Influenced by Martin Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS, Trombetta captures the dreams of this Sinatra-like saloon singer as he strives to forge a path for himself and his family away from the mean streets of South Philly to a better life as a successful entertainer.
The films will be presented at 3 PM on Friday, April 6th in Room 3, the basement screening room of Annenberg Hall, located at 2020 N. 13th Street on Temple University’s main campus. The films will be shown in 16mm and introduced by SCT Film Lab Coordinator, Len Guercio. Free admission.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.