The big show - Page 2

Pioneering producer Irwin Yablans talks baseball, disco, and his favorite holiday
|
()
Irwin Yablans and Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of Halloween (1978).

So I said to myself, "Why do I need them?" [I found] CreateSpace on the internet, and I've had the most amazing experience. Independence is sort of in my blood. I like doing things myself, [even] my own public relations. You read in the book why we chose Jamie Lee Curtis [for Halloween] — when I met Jamie, I knew she was a fine actress, but I had this vision of getting a photo of her mother, Janet Leigh, and putting Jamie in a similar pose, and submitting it to AP and UPI. We got worldwide publication of that. And that's the kind of thing I did all the way through with Halloween. You just have to take every opportunity to publicize the picture. Of course, John Carpenter made a very good movie.

SFBG I have to ask about Roller Boogie. It's a midnight-movie favorite in San Francisco.

IY No kidding! [Laughs.] You know what's great about that movie? The music! Earth, Wind, and Fire ... it's just a delightful little movie. Just great fun. I think I had more fun making that movie than any other movie I made, because it was so uplifting and so bright — I was on roller skates with my whole family during the shoot. I love the "Boogie Wonderland" number, and Linda Blair was such a charmer.

I tell you, the '70s and '80s were a lot of fun for me. I was so busy, making movies, distributing movies, and running all over the world. It was a great experience. I really loved every moment of it.

www.irwinyablans.com

 

Related articles

  • Go for Goth

    'The Guest' filmmakers talk Carpenter, moody music, and finding the humor in horror

  • By George

    A new book collects George Kuchar's shouts and murmurs

  • Reel pride

    What to see (or skip) as the huge Frameline 38 LGBT film festival takes over the city

  • Also from this author

  • "All our families are f-ed up:" Director David Dobkin on his Duvall vs. Downey drama 'The Judge'

  • Go for Goth

    'The Guest' filmmakers talk Carpenter, moody music, and finding the humor in horror

  • You better recognize

    Under-the-radar artists (and a misunderstood legend) get their due in Mill Valley Film Fest doc