Filmmaker Sid Laverents will celebrate his 100th birthday at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus on Aug. 7th. The event begins at 7.30 and will feature a screening of his short film, Multiple Sidosis which was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2000, and his masterpiece, The Sid Saga, which has been restored by Ross Lipman. This undiscovered masterpiece chronicles his family’s many moves across the country in the early part of the century searching for work, his marriages and his many careers—which included barnstorming vaudevillian, dishwasher, sign painter, Fuller Brush salesman, carpenter, soldier, sheet metal worker and literally, rocket scientist. Finally it chronicles his later years as a filmmaker, spanning everything from eccentric nature documentaries to mind-boggling comedies. The film is the story of one life and an American century.
Multiple Sidosis (in 2000 the Library of Congress selected it as the only amateur film to be entered into the National Film Registry).
An article… about Sid in the NY Times (account required for viewing this NY Times link).
Kim and I were driving to my mother’s house in Sherman Oaks for Mother’s day while having a heated discussion of why I was ignoring my self-nominated position of He Who Brings the Bagels to lunch. I was insisting we were going to be late, and it was not that important. Well, it was. And I am glad I listened to Kim and got off the freeway one exit before my mother’s and got a dozen bagels. As soon as we drove away my timing chain in my car broke.
Having your car stop dead in its tracks in the right lane of Ventura Blvd. just east of Coldwater Canyon is annoying. But the alternative, had I not bought bagels–stopping dead on the freeway would have been catastrophic.
Eat more bagels. Listen to your wife. Drive the speed limit.