Movie Maniac

November 25, 2011

Don’t let your love of ‘Twilight’ intoxicate you

I am not the target audience for the “Twilight” films or books, meaning I am not a teenage girl — although I probably throw a football like one.

So the series’ rabid fan base puzzles me. For one thing, I don’t get why sparkly vampires are so cool. I’ve seen scarier disco balls.

But I fault no one for liking what he or she likes. If Robert Pattinson’s blank stare turns you on, knock yourself out.

Still, there should be limits — particularly for one Illinois teen.

The Smoking Gun blog reported earlier this week that 18-year-old Olivia Ornelas told police she drove her car into a ditch because she was distraught that her boyfriend didn’t take her to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1.” Hell hath no fury like a scorned “Twihard,” apparently.

But it gets worse. Ornelas was also driving with one wheel missing — and although I’m no mechanic, I’d say that’s pretty bad, and probably aided in the ditch destination.

Plus, she was drunk. Tsk-tsk. Will no one understand her pain?

The police certainly didn’t. She was charged with DUI and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to police reports.

So, please “Twilight” fans, let this be a lesson — and take your love of the film in moderation. And maybe just take the bus.

Budding filmmakers take notice — I just returned from the L.A. Skins Fest film festival in Los Angeles, where I got to sit in on a presentation by NBC/Universal’s diversity initiative team, who explained to Native American youth filmmakers exactly what a career in film production entails.

They also gave us a private tour of the studio lot, where we got to see a foley artist’s demonstration (producing sound effects) and the multi-million-dollar sound-mixing studio, which left a DIY filmmaker such as me drooling.

But since I often get asked by students how they can get exposure to the film world, I wanted to mention that the NBC/Universal diversity program is a great way to break into the biz. The program includes internships, talent initiatives and more. Go to for more information.

Fishbone returns — Director Chris Metzler (who grew up in Kansas) will return to Wichita for a screening of his documentary “Everyday Sunshine,” showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Murdock Theatre, 536 N. Broadway. Tickets are $8.

The film follows the punk/funk band Fishbone, who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of south central Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980s, the band rose to prominence only to fall apart on the cusp of mainstream success.

The film previously screened at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Metzler will participate in a Q&A after the screenings. For more information, go to

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