Echo Park crashes Silver Lake film festival with One Night With You, a film made by Joe D'Augustine -- guardian of Lucy the wolf dog and avid neighborhood historian. He's also my friend and neighbor and a man who likes pizza so much he built his own outdoor oven. Did I mention that Joe and his wife, Heather, grow their own shiraz grapes on an Echo Park hillside? I think I did. Emanuel Levy describes One Night With You as follows:
In this hip, offbeat flick, shot mainly in and around Echo Park, Jake Tarlow (Mark Boone Junior) is a down on his luck hustler who is trying to make enough dough to pay off his bookie. All he has to do is locate the reclusive and eccentric author Hunter Burnell, played with equal parts style, insanity and humor by Michael Parks, and bring him in to sign a deal for one of his books. Jake enlists the help of his friend Eddie (Jake La Botz,), who is completely obsessed with the Black Dahlia, to track him down. Then comes the problem of keeping him under control long enough to get him to the meeting, which quickly proves impossible. What follows is a hilarious wild goose chase through the streets of Los Angeles, with Jake and Eddie following a false trail to Hunter, who is busy having the time of his life with hookers, cocaine and bar fights. This film, a combination of film noir and physical comedy, is a fun romp through some of the Eastside's hot spots with a fantastic soundtrack featuring contributions from two Italian film music masters, Alessandro Alessandroni and Antonello Vannucchi.
I'd like to thank Joe -- who directed and wrote this film (and certainly claims other above-the-line credits as well) -- for not trying to steal any neighborhood parks while he made this film.