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11 August 2009 @ 02:04 am
FINALLY getting to see the premiere of "Universal Signs!"  
On Sunday, before I left LA, I headed down to the Egyptian Theatre to see the premiere of Anthony's film "Universal Signs." For those of you who have been on my friends' list for a while, you know that I have literally been waiting YEARS to see this film! When Anthony first contacted me two and a half years ago asking me to help him with his website, he had already completed the film... I'd done research on it... and wanted to see it... but NO screenings were planned for it. :(

YAY for FINALLY getting to see it almost three years later!! It was GORGEOUS! The story, the writing, the artestry... just stunningly beautiful! For those who haven't heard me babble about this movie for years, it's a modern day silent film that uses a music track as background and relies only on sign language and subtitles. GORGEOUS!

Anthony's performance... OH MY GOD. Stunning! I think it's odd that I met and got to know Anthony BEFORE seeing his work on the screen. When he first emailed me, I didn't even know who he was... I had to imdb him. Okay,... I mean, we all saw "Mr Holland's Opus" a long time ago... but I'd forgotten he'd played Richard Dreyfuss' grown son OR that he was the guy in the elevator who signed "You complete me" in "Jerry Maguire." I'd seen him in several other things since then, but never something that was as emotional and as powerful as this.

So it was sort of surreal to see him in the movie... Sometimes when you work with someone on a project, they just become "Anthony"... but then, I saw his amazing work on screen, and it was only then that I realized the "celebrity" that he is. He's EXTREMELY talented and I was literally blown away by the movie.

And Anthony is a handsome man in person... there's absolutely no denying this... but I have to say, the camera absolutely LOVES him! He is warm and pleasant, and very handsome in person, but on screen he is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

The film is about Anthony's character (Andy, an IT manager) who lives with the guilt of having his former fiancee's 6 year old daughter die while in his care. He meets a librarian, Mary (played by Sabrina Lloyd) who he finally begins to open up to... it's a gorgeous love story with brilliant performances. The film also stars Margot Kidder, Robert Picardo, Troy Kotsur, and Deanne Bray.

Got to see him, Brian, and Troy after the movie and Anthony is always so gracious whenever I see him. He and I spoke for a while, but sadly, not as long as I would've liked. There were so many others who were waiting to speak with him - it was eye opening what a HUGE celebrity he was!! People were just surrounding him wanting photos with him and I really had to run to the airport to make my flight home... so I wasn't able to stay too long. But I did get to see him and tell him how wonderful I thought his work was - so I was happy. :)

The Egyptian Theatre - site of the big movie premiere!

With Anthony after the show. I'm so proud of him and his brilliant work! And it's always
SUCH a pleasure to see him!! :) :)

Brian and Anthony. :)

Brian and Troy. :) And Troy's character in the movie wasn't the most likable. Why does he
always play those roles when he's like, the nicest, sweetest guy ever?

With Brian. :) Will have to work on completing his site this weekend... AHHH!

Anthony and Deanne Bray at the Q&A... Deanne announced she's going to be on "Heroes" next season!!! WOO!

Posing with the movie poster. :)

This was the perfect end to my absolutely WONDERFUL, AMAZING weekend!! Seeing Anthony, his movie (FINALLY!!!!) and seeing how loved and admired he is in the deaf community just filled my heart with joy. I'm really so glad I made the trip out there and was able to see him! And the movie was gorgeous! If anyone has the chance to see it,... please do - it's just a beautiful piece of work!!

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ellixianellixian on August 11th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
What a great experience - fantastic photos too! The movie sounds so interesting, definitely something I'd like to see if it ever gets a wider release.
Sheri: Anthony - You?shutterbug93 on August 11th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
The movie is absolutely gorgeous - if you ever have the chance, you should definitely see it! Anthony is brilliant in it!! I wish smaller Indie films like this would have a wider release... to me, they have so much more heart than big budget films.
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on August 11th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yay for the report!! I love the poster of Universal Sign too. Thank you for posting Troy and Deanna's pictures. I can't wait to see Deanna in Heroes.
Sheri: Anthonyshutterbug93 on August 11th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
The poster for US is great!! :) And Troy and Deanne were lovely, as always (and their daughter is growing up so fast!!) I'm excited that Deanne is going to join Heroes, too. :) If you haven't seen it, you should see the movie,... it's really just lovely.
Smithasmittenbyu on August 11th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
now has there been any show that you haven't like your favourite actor/actress in? :) Apart from the "why the mean roles, when they are so nice?" comments! :P

Happy that you finally got to see the movie you been wanting to! Looks quite interesting to see!!

I am thinking to take up Sign Language in Winter/Spring session (my inlaws will be here in Fall)! It's something I had learnt in high school but has gotten so rusty. I still remember finger-spelling and my name in sign! ;)
Sheri: Anthony 2shutterbug93 on August 12th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Haha!! Very true, I usually love everything that my favorites do! Some more than others, though... and Anthony was just breath-taking in this film! What a glorious performance!!

It was SUCH a gorgeous movie... the symbolism of the desaturated color showing the character's detachment from the world and the vividnessof his dreams in contrast... just lovely!

You should take ASL! It's a gorgeous language!!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 12th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that you finally got to see the film and that you liked it. :) The film sounds very interesting to me, I think I too would like to watch it.
Sheri: Anthony - ELLEN episodeshutterbug93 on August 13th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
The film was GORGEOUS!!! It was so visually stunning... the symbolism of the desaturated colors in his present world showing how detatched he was - yet his dreams were SO vivid. VERY powerful and amazing work. And I just found out - Anthony won the Best Actor award at the film festival!! WOOO!