Thursday, April 15, 2010
Five years ago, I attended a screening of a film essay called Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party. The 87-minute documentary centers on the infamous titular character actor (Groundhog Day, Mississippi Burning) as he tells stories. Whether he's alone or entertaining a group of friends over dinner, Tobolowsky recounts events from his life with the skill of a professional raconteur. I was hooked right away. I can't speak for anyone else in the theater but this was one of the more refreshing films of this particular festival season. Anyway, the DVD eventually came out and I recommended to everyone who'd listen. But ever since then, I've been wanting more. More stories. More Tobolowsky. More.
Ten minutes after my last post was published, I stumbled upon my wish come true. /Film.com is just wrapping up their first season of "The Tobolowski Files," a weekly series of 100% true, genuine stories told by the man himself. They're great. I've listened to three episodes so far and already, I've heard amazing stories about kidnapping, hippo escapes, and Dan Aykroyd's hat. I found a goldmine. Enjoy.