Auteur and the City

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An excerpt from an interview with Writer, Daniel Lerner

\"Sunshine

Auteur and the City

Daniel Lerner on Los Angeles in his debut feature: "Sunshine LA or Funemployment"

It's city that has become notorious for it's reflective plastic layer; the Hollywood sign itself a symbol of broken hearts and shattered dreams. With shiny high-end metal for credit and a bumper sticker that reads "don't judge a book by its cover" the streets are full of genuine leather, Korean made Louis Vutton.

In using the city as a character I thought that it, like many of it's Hollywood celebs, needed a little bit of a facelift: Botox and maybe a pair of mismatched characters to bring it to life.

Los Angeles is the epicenter of story telling. In the film industry we find high and low culture can brush shoulders frequently.   As in "Caligula" produced by Larry Flynt’s Penthouse and nominated for several academy awards.

Los Angeles can also be beautiful. Palm trees, beaches, sunsets and a handsome population, fill the city with an aesthetically pleasing personality. A quick drive in any direction will yield almost every desired climate. What's left? To prove that the population, no matter how reflective on the surface, can still have depth.

Sunshine and Danny (protagonists) engage landmarks, local folklore and Hollywood clichés, while using the city as dueling ground for their conflicting ideologies.

On Love:

I think that a lot of it (pessimism) comes from working on a deeply personal and sentimental project; that despite my best masking efforts is still about me.

At this point I feel a little dirty more than ready for "love". I no longer think that it exists, except in the temporary carnal sense. The forced rhythm of perspiring bodies that is behind almost all human motivation. Not to love but to be loved.

 One must first appreciate themselves before they can another....Woody Allen said: "that if love is the answer"(and that u must have it for yourself first)..." then while you’re looking for it, sex raises some pretty good questions."

My film has become about a man who has a series of failed relationships for that reason: he constantly seeks to complete himself by falling in love which he misinterprets as happiness and fulfillment.  As if attention from a girl, a compliment a gesture, or a sexual favor can validate his existence.

After losing everything,  his friends force him on journey of self discovery that leads him to the realization that happiness starts with self fulfillment, rather than seeking approval.

Along the way I depict a sincere love in a very deep dark place that is often reserved to adult cinema and Greek culture.  Within the same relationship we find dysfunction, obsessive behaviors and controlling tendencies. However this is the way I feel about it now, love really doesn't leave the bedroom. Well it could but that's for the interview with Maxim


Submitted: June 22, 2010

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