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John Horn

December 22, 2009 | 12:47 pm

John Horn covers the film business for The Los Angeles Times, where he has been a staff writer since 2002. He previously served as a senior writer and senior editor for Newsweek and Premiere magazines. Horn was the entertainment writer for The Associated Press and a staff writer for the Orange County Register. An honors graduate from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. Dramatic Arts), Horn was a California Alumni Scholar, and a mid-career fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program. Horn serves on the board of Union Station Homeless Services, is a trustee of the Humanitas Awards, and is a former member of the editorial and alumni boards of The Polytechnic School. He has twice won an editorial award from The Los Angeles Times, and been named the entertainment journalist of the year by the Los Angeles Press Club. Horn and his wife, Linda Burrow, have two sons, Charles and Henry.

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It's sad that it's nearly impossible for unknown filmmakers to get their work into Sundance without knowing somebody. I know, I should get in line with the thousands of other indie cry babies that will probably not have their work be a part of the 2011 Park City selections, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. What's more, there's really no way to distinguish your work from the countless other titles that make the Zapruder Film look like Citizen Kane. The result is that nobody within arm's reach of Hollywood will look at your movie (without an upfront fee) or recommend you to an agent.
I've submitted to 32 festivals for 2011, and it will be interesting to see how some of the "smaller" venues receive my work. It's a comedy, and I don't have a big star (although I do have Carl Lumbly of TV's Alias), but my script was a 2008 Quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowship. That, and a $2500 All-Access Pass, will get me into the Filmmakers Lodge at Sundance. My film is entitled Nominated. Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/dspavlik


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