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Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week: Stephen King's 'dollar babies'

September 30, 2010 |  8:05 am

Stephen King In an act of remarkable generosity, author Stephen King decreed in the late 1970s that any student filmmaker could make a movie out of one of his short stories after paying a permission fee of just $1.

"I have made the dollar-deal, as I call it," King noted in 1996, "over my accountant's moans and head-clutching protests 16 or 17 times as of this writing."

In an act of remarkable cinematic detective work, Cinefamily head programmer Hadrian Belove has rounded up a dozen or so of these student films, or "dollar babies" as King calls them, and is going to show them in two separate programs. The Saturday night program also features a feature-length dollar baby called "Riding the Bullet," directed by Mick Garris, who is scheduled to attend.

The shows are free, but given the work involved tracking these down, the suggested $10 donation is more than fair. The programs will be at 10 p.m. Oct. 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Author Stephen King. Credit: Mark Mainz /Getty Images

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Thanks for the writeup, Mr. Turan! Hope to see you (and lots of others) out there.

Robert Cochrane
Director, Screenwriter "Luckey Quarter"
One of the Dollar Baby films in Sunday afternoon's programming

Next year the festival is coming back :)

Bernd Lautenslager
Co-organizer Dollar Baby Film Festival


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