A Short Film by Sam Hoffman
Premiere: August 3, 2000
Palm Springs International
Short Film Festival
Running Time: 12min
Film Synopsis *
is it like inside a mind addled with Alzheimerís disease? "The
Ride Home" exists entirely in the point-of-view of eighty year
old Clara Kaufman. As her son drives her to the nursing home,
Clara confuses him with his deceased father. The movie, a visual
stream-of-consciousness, examines the liquid boundaries between
memory and reality. Can any familial bonds cut through the haze
of a failing mind?
has appeared regularly on network hits such as Sex and the City,
Law & Order, and Judging Amy. He has also done substantial
feature work (Sleepers, City Hall) and starred on Broadway in
Neil Simonís Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He will be
seen on stage this season in the upcoming revival of Harold Pinterís
had an amazing twelve-year run as Myra Murdoch Sloan on All My
Children. She also played Rebecca Nurse in the film version of
The Crucible and Julia Robertsí mom in Sleeping with the Enemy.
Her 50+ year acting career began in radio plays shortly after
she served in World War II. Elizabeth passed away on June 11,
is probably best known for having been a regular on the critically
acclaimed Homefront and the science fiction show Earth 2.
She also appeared in the films: Armageddon and Trial and Error.
Hoffman has learned his trade from some of Americaís foremost
directors. His impressive credits (listed below) include stints
as an Assistant Director for Woody Allen, Nicholas Hytner, Stanley
Tucci, Carl Franklin, Barry Levinson, Tim Robbins, Brian DePalma,
Penny Marshall and others.
Ride Home" is Hoffmanís second short film and it is loosely based
on his grandmotherís experience. Hoffman often lectures on film
and has consulted as a guest expert on film scheduling. He lives
in New York City with his wife Andrea Crane.
graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, Hoffman
began work as a Production Assistant and rose through the production
ranks. He has been a member of the Directorís Guild of America
Allen Fall Project 2000 (First Assistant Director)
The Ride Home (Director/Writer)
Small Time Crooks (Reshoots First Assistant Director)
Center Stage (First Assistant Director)
Joe Gouldís Secret (First Assistant Director)
Earthly Possessions (First Assistant Director)
One True Thing (First Assistant Director)
Object of My Affection (First Assistant Director)
The Proposition (First Assistant Director)
Donnie Brasco (Second Assistant Director)
Sleepers (Second Assistant Director)
Dead Man Walking (Second Assistant Director)
Now and Then (Second Assistant Director)
Strange Days (Second 2nd Assistant Director)
Carlito's Way (Second 2nd Assistant Director)
Rudy (Second 2nd Assistant Director)
Groundhog Day (Second 2nd Assistant Director)
A League of Their Own (Second 2nd Assistant Director)
Regarding Henry (Production Assistant)
True Colors (Production Assistant)
Awakenings (Production Assistant)
She-Devil (Production Assistant)
Steele (Producer) is an in industry veteran, with more than
20 years experience as a producer and Asst. Director. His credits
include The First Wivesí
Club, In & Out, Roxanne, Return of the Jedi, Return to
Paradise and Beautiful Joe.
Ballhaus (Director of Photography) has operated camera for
features such as Robert Redfordís forthcoming Legend of Bagger
Vance, One Fine Day, Men In Black, Sleepers and Quiz Show.
He has directed the photography of several German films and
the upcoming Alan Rudolph project.
Bylander (Editor) edited the Cannes hit Fast Food, Fast
Women. She was also the first assistant on Woody Allenís last
two films Sweet and Low Down and Small Time Crooks.
Rogness (Production Designer) has art directed films including
The Cider House Rules (Academy Award Nomination for Production
Design,) The Cradle Will Rock, Center Stage and the upcoming
Jean Shannon (Costume Design) recently designed John Favreauís
debut feature Made. She also designed Niagara Niagara and
the upcoming Requiem for a Dream.
OíHara (Composer) has composed for Cinemax, HBO and PBS. She
has a solo artist deal at Arista Records and her rendition of
Down in the Valley was featured as a single on the soundtrack
for Two Days in the Valley.
Donne (Hair and Makeup Design) has designed makeup and/or
hair for Nicole Kidman, Winona Ryder, Melanie Griffith, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sydney Pollack, Nicholas Hytner,
Fred Schepisi, Stephen Frears, Lasse Halstrom and others.
Chopin (Casting Director) - well known in New York City casting
circles for feature films and television, Chopin is currently
casting Ben Stillerís Zoolander and has cast Joe Gouldís
Secret, Arlington Road, and Liberty Heights.
Johnson (Co-ProducerlUPM) originally a commercial producer,
Johnson has spent the past 8 years working on major feature films
in New York City. Her credits include In Dreams, The Mirror
Has Two Faces and A Perfect Murder.
HOFFMAN'S "THE RIDE HOME" TO BE SHOWN AT
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
A.D. DIRECTS SHORT FILM
York, NY, September 17...Sam Hoffman, one of New York's premiere
First Assistant Directors, has written and directed "The Ride
Home." It will screen at the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival in
currently the A.D. on Woody Allen's new project, says that "The
Ride Home" is based on personal experience. "My grandmother, Clara,
has had Alzheimer's for several years. She experiences a memory
in the same way she experiences the present, as if it is occurring
at that moment. It is heartbreaking at times but also fascinating.
I thought it would be interesting to try and make the film from
her point of view."
12-minute film explores how different realities collide in Claraís
failing mind. "The movie is a visual stream-of-consciousness,"
Hoffman says. "I tried to melt away the boundaries between memory
film was produced by Michael Steele and photographed by Florian
Ballhaus, son of legendary cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. It
stars John Slattery, who recently guest starred as Sarah Jessica
Parkerís love interest on "Sex in the City." Also starring is
Jessica Steen, of "Home Front" fame and the late Elizabeth Lawrence,
who passed away shortly after "The Ride Home" was completed. She
may be best known for her role as Julia Robertís blind mother
in "Sleeping with the Enemy."
a first A.D. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with great
directors, watch them work with actors, and help execute their
movies," says Hoffman. "I can't think of any better education
for a young director."
addition to Woody Allen, other directors Hoffman has assisted
include: Stanley Tucci, Carl Franklin, Nicholas Hytner, Barry
Levinson, Brian DePalma, Tim Robbins, James Lapine and Mike Newell.
more information please contact Andrea Crane at email@example.com.
August 26, 2002 7:57 PM