Hollywood PL Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen
Conversations: Agnieszka Niezgoda
Photographs: Jacek Laskus, ASC, PSC
Twenty–three biographies. Four years of private encounters on two continents. Hundreds of hours of conversations, conducted at homes in Los Angeles, Malibu, New York, Paris, London, Warsaw. Dozens of hours of epic photo-shoots in the locations mentioned above. Documented in one book.
Hollywood PL is a coffee table book that features the incredible stories of twenty-three acclaimed Polish filmmakers that collectively reveal a nuanced narrative about the immigrant experience, about finding happiness, and about making dreams come true.
Each filmmaker has left an indelible mark in Hollywood. They are winners of Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys; visionaries, luminaries, and undeniable talents. Among those featured, directors: Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness), Roman Polanski (Chinatown), Zbig Rybczynski (Tango). Composers: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland), Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man). Directors of photography: Adam Holender (Midnight Cowboy), SBawomir Idziak (Black Hawk Dawn), Dariusz Wolski (Pirates of the Caribbean). Production designers and costume designers: Allan Starski (Schindler’s List), Waldemar Kalinowski (Leaving Las Vegas), Anna B. Sheppard (Inglourious Bastards) – and many more.
Hollywood PL allows the reader to look into the eyes of its characters as they absorb their testimonies stories. Personal anecdotes offer a behind-the-scenes look at life in Hollywood, contextualized against the broader backdrop of the immigrant’s pursuit of the American Dream. Heart-wrenching drama, character-forging struggles, and the fulfilling reward that always awaits human endeavor to reach beyond the sky.
This four-year expedition has been a remarkable journey for us – the authors. Memories engraved upon hearts, a mesmerizing life-scape we feel honored to share with you now.