Originally published at Se Fija!
A hugely successful director receives an award for one of his smallest and most personal films at Reel Rasquache this past weekend.
Se Fija! was one of the proud sponsors of this year’s Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival in Los Angeles (May 18-20.) And one of the highlights of the festival was the Pioneer Award that was presented in a special closing-night ceremony to Chris Weitz, producer and director of A Better Life (as well as a few paltry ‘big’ movies you may have heard of, like Twilight: New Moon andAmerican Pie.)
Chris is no latecomer to Hollywood. Quite the opposite: filmmaking is in his blood. His mother is actress Susan Kohner; his brother is filmmaker Paul Weitz. He is the grandson of producer Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar–the same Lupita Tovar who starred in Santa, Mexico’s first talkie, eighty years ago and the Spanish version of Dracula.
In almost 15 years of work, Chris has displayed a stunning creative range, from TV sitcoms to theatrical blockbusters, from world-spanning adventures to intimate personal portraits. And he has always shown a special ability to work with cultural icons. In 1998 he co-wrote the animated classic Antz that starred the voice (and personality) of Woody Allen; when he moved onto a number of TV projects, he found himself reviving the classic series Fantasy Island in 1998. Then he began building icons of his own, when he produced and directed American Pie, one of the best-remembered, most quoted, and raunchiest comedies of its time. Continue reading