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Harry finds AMERICAN PRINCE to be the perfect companion to Scorsese's legendary semi-Lost film, AMERICAN BOY!

I've somewhat known Tommy Pallotta as a figure of Austin film here in Austin for years, but I've never really met the guy or gotten to know him. This year at SXSW, he has a wonderful Documentary that is premiering called AMERICAN PRINCE - a project that I hadn't heard a whisper of before Tommy dropped me an email asking if I'd like to see it pre-fest. I love screeners of things as it helps to simplify my scheduling once the beast of the festival is clawing upon my back for attention. So. What's AMERICAN PRINCE about? I didn't have the first clue before putting it on to watch. I wasn't entirely sure if I'd watch the whole thing, but as it started - and I realized what this was about and who it fixated upon... I found the film geek and historian in me giddy! AMERICAN PRINCE is the second documentary on the life of a Steven Prince - who was a close friend and associate of Martin Scorsese. I knew of him through a terribly degraded multi-generation cherished copy of AMERICAN BOY by Scorsese - which was Marty's profile of his rather colorful friend, Steven Prince. Steven Prince was Neil Diamond's manager for a period. He's the gun salesman in TAXI DRIVER. The record producer in NEW YORK, NEW YORK. And well... His life and the stories he told in AMERICAN BOY have affected pop-culture in ways that you'd only know about if you'd seen Scorsese's scared AMERICAN BOY (which is playing at SXSW this year and is a MUST SEE!). AMERICAN PRINCE is a reexamination of Steven Prince, the stories he told in AMERICAN BOY and how Steven has shaped a certain amount of pop culture film reality. And he also unleashes with new tales that could go on to further inspire future filmmakers to mine this amazing storyteller's tales. This is Tommy Pallotta's debut work as a feature Documentary director and it is absolutely a success. Scorsese & Tarantino & Neil Diamond nerds MUST SEE THIS! Amazing stories are told here. Seriously, just wait till you hear about the house that Steven Prince shared with Scorsese and Robbie Robertson! Astonishing stuff! This was my first documentary of many that I hope to enjoy at SXSW this year!

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  • March 10, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    American Boy is "Semi-lost"?!?

    by Playkins

    I remember seeing this- is it just because it's out of print?

  • March 10, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Hey

    by skoolbus

  • March 10, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    He was in Slacker!

    by skoolbus

  • March 10, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    TELL DEPALMA TO FINISH HIS GREETINGS/HI MOM TRILOGY!!!

    by 1978CreepyThinMan

    I'm still waiting for a third dose of that.

  • March 10, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    THE COCAINE DIARIES.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Living in that house must have been fucking insanity.

  • March 10, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Scorsese & Tarantino & Neil Diamond nerds MUST SEE THIS?

    by jrb

    I understand why Scorsese & Neil Diamond nerds would want to see this film. But Tarantino fans? Why exactly? Did he steal something from this guy and try to pass it off as his own creation?

  • March 10, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    jrb

    by reni

    Sounds like the adrenelin story Prince describes in American Boy was used in Pulp Fiction. I need to check these out immediately. (Ah just found it on revok.com.) Thanks for the heads-up.

  • March 10, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Criterion are releasing American Boy

    by jimmythesaint

    on DVD with Italianamerican and The Big Shave at some point in the future. I'm pretty sure they're already out in France as well.

  • March 10, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    American Boy was on YouTube a while back...

    by Bed Bug Eddie

    not sure if it's still there. For those of you who are curious about what Scorsese actually looked like on coke, American Boy is the film to see.

  • March 10, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    jimmy/bed bug

    by reni

    Thanks. I'll scope out youtube later. Just ordered the 3 doc bootleg. Heard stories about The Last Waltz period. Coke City. I also heard Neil Diamond wasn't invited to play the Filmore, he just showed up anyway. And nobody even knew Muddy Waters was there until his guitar player asked if Muddy could play.

  • March 10, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I was just watching a documentary on hallucinogenic drugs

    by Cagliostro

    I think that's probably the best way to watch them.

  • March 10, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    "American Boy"

    by drew mcweeny

    Had it on laserdisc for a while. Great short film. And, yes, anyone who knew this film had a very specific reaction when watching "Pulp Fiction" for the first time. Prince has influenced several generations of our best filmmakers now. Maybe with this film... more?

  • March 10, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Yo Drew,

    by Bed Bug Eddie

    Do you know anything about an allegedly excellent unproduced script about Scorsese and Robbie Robertson living together? I heard things...

  • March 11, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    He pops up in Waking Life too

    by charteredstreets

    Re-telling the story where he shot the guy. 'American Boy' is maybe Scorsese's least known picture, but it's brilliant. I think it's on youtube. Looking forward to this.

  • March 13, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    test

    by eric haislar

    test

  • March 15, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    American Boy availability

    by Brenz

    I know there are 16 mm prints available to rent as part or a package called "Three by scorsese." Google told me kino has a copy. I saw it in my college's indie cinema club this way. Sounds like what jimmythesaint was mentioning above.

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