Every year, the first week of November, thousands of film industry people converge on Santa Monica, California for the world’s largest motion picture trade event. Based at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel the AFM (American Film Marketplace) uses conference rooms and movie theatres in the area.
To make this year’s event, director Sam Khaleghi and members of the principal crew … Jerry Narsh, Carl Ballou, Kody Vitale… of the much anticipated “Devil’s Night: the Dawn of the Nain Rouge” traveled west along I-90 into the Black Hills of South Dakota before entering Wyoming.
In Caspar, Wyoming
“Yes, I love the natural splendor of our country and wanted to breathe nature … mountains, pines, freshwater, ” said Sam Khaleghi. Asked whether he was able to take in the Badlands, his answer was,”I love the Badlands … firstly Terrence Malick is one of my favorite artists in cinema – so that was a brilliant place to see.”
“It’s physically a long drive but the crew wanted to see the country… we have been making a behind the scenes documentary of our experience.”
They had exactly 48 hours in which to make Santa Monica. Said Khaleghi, “The World Premiere of our film is at Arclight Santa Monica this Friday. Yes, we are at the Arclight parallel with AFM sales purposes.” Talking about how they imagined their World Premiere, Sam said, “… and yes it’ll be a star-studded private event.”
Once this group entered Utah, they dropped south on I-15 which they rode into Las Vegas. “This is my first time west … so much history and antiquity here … I’ve done road trips south, and to the northeastern United States before,” said Sam.
Though they were pressed for time, conscious of their deadline, they found time to stop in Las Vegas where they grabbed a quick lunch and got back on the road to “Hollywoodland.”
Asked about their accommodations, “We are staying on the beach with the principal crew … Jerry Narsh, Carl Ballou, Kody Vitale …