On CBS “This Morning” I was excited to see a segment with Rita Moreno. She is only one of 12 people who have been awarded an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. She will now also be a Kennedy Center Honoree for her “Lifetime Of Artistic Achievement”.
During the interview on CBS, the link below, as they walked around New York City, they met one man who upon meeting her said he had “goosebumps”. Well I can totally relate the same feeling when I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Rita on the set of the movie “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks“. As a standout star of the great American Opera “Westside Story”, she and ‘Westside Story” are embedded in my mind and in my heart.
By the way I must tell you that Rita Moreno is as nice, as fun, as talented and enthusiastic as you can possibly imagine. Here is one of the photographs I shot that has been released. And here is the link to the CBS interview… http://cbsn.ws/1SvvVSK
When I was asked to be the stills photographer on the movie “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks” I asked who was going to be in it. Gena Rowlands and Rita Moreno were two of the answers. When would I ever have the opportunity to photograph these extraordinary individuals of motion pictures!
Rita Moreno won her Oscar for her role in the motion picture “West Side Story”. Perhaps that does not mean much to you younger than I, but to me it leaves me speechless. “West Side Story” is certainly the great American Opera. The music written by the great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The movie an adaptation brought to life by the greatest names in music and theatre and entertainment. There are no words to describe this incredible and legendary motion picture.
Rita Moreno herself is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy. One of the absolute greatest of the world we call entertainment. So when they asked, I said YES!
I must say that it is very fun to see my photographs in places like the Hollywood Reporter despite the fact that I have been published many thousands of times over.
Go see the movie this weekend just so you can see my photographs in the end credits as well as my name! OK you will also see great names such as Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson, Rita Moreno, Julian Sands, Jacki Weaver, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Anthony Zerbe. And the work of legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Yes all that and it is great fun. Check the schedule on the website at http://sixdancelessonsmovie.com. Thanks!
Great excitement on Wednesday night for the premiere of the motion picture “Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks”. The follow up, in newspapers around the country, included my photographs. Kind of an extra reward for the seven weeks I worked shooting the photographs during production in Budapest. That and famed Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond giving me the compliment “You can work on my sets any time, you stayed out of the way”. He also said that he was happy because he stayed out of the way too. That is actually pretty funny.
But then, after the Premiere, was the After Party at the Warwick Nightclub in Hollywood. The surroundings dominated by posters from movies starring Gena Rowlands who, as the star of our movie, was also in attendance. The place filled up, standing room only, including many of the people I spent all that time with in Budapest. Very fun. The Warwick itself, very cool place that I can only describe as dark and sexy. You have to know it is my kind of place with two huge photographs of gorgeous naked women on the walls including the star of now, Emily Ratajkowski.
It was an entire evening of dark and sexy which includes the hotel where we stayed, The Redbury in Hollywood. It seemed like eternal sultry night in the place with it’s dark colors and subtle illuminations. Very exceptional and unique design.
Now go see the movie when it comes out just shortly around the country. Starring Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson, Rita Moreno, Julian Sands, Jacki Weaver, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Anthony Zerbe and some amazing music. It is great fun!