November 22, 2006
Films: Interfaith marriage wrong fit for ‘Pajamas’ director
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"I loved it. I loved changing the marquee; I loved putting the new posters on," he says. But when he noticed that Cassavetes was presenting his latest film, 1974's masterful "A Woman Under the Influence," at the New York Film Festival, he bought a ticket and went. And he called the director at his hotel.
Cassavetes, preparing to self-distribute the film, was quick to ask for help. "I said, 'I don't know if you remember me, it's Jeff Lipsky.' He said, 'Oh Jeff, how you doing? What you doing? I just got these posters in.'"
Eventually, Lipsky wound up working on distribution at Cassavetes' office above the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles. He also got involved in the creative end -- as did everyone who worked for the amazingly industrious Cassavetes.
"There was a bookshelf behind his desk containing 100 original screenplays he had written and had never been produced," Lipsky says with awe. "He would come in every morning and with great discipline go into his office with the secretary and spit out 10 pages in an hour of a new screenplay.
"Then we'd read those 10 pages every morning. There'd be one copy and he'd be pacing as I'd be reading and if I missed one word he'd correct me. I don't know how that man's mind worked. Remarkable."
Lipsky hopes, in his own way, to carry on the legacy.
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