Despite passing away six years ago, Dennis Hopper will soon be seen on the big screen one more time. Monterey Media has acquired distribution rights to Linda Yellen’s “The Last Film Festival,” which stars Hopper alongside Jacqueline Bisset, Chris Kattan, JoBeth Williams and Leelee Sobieski.
“The idea for ‘The Last Film Festival’ started with a laugh Dennis and I shared at the Sundance Film Festival,” Yellen says in a statement. “And that spirit of fun and spontaneity that is uniquely Dennis carried through the filming and onto the screen. He would be so pleased that what started as one laugh will now result in so many.” A comedy, the film tells of a failing producer who brings his calamitous movie to an obscure film festival in a last-ditch effort to make it work.
The title is a riff on Hopper’s “The Last Movie,” his directorial follow-up to “Easy Rider,” Made in 1971, it also partially inspired Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s “La última película.”
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An Emmy winner, Yellen has worked extensively in television and previously directed “The Simian Lane.” She launched a successful Kickstarter last year to assist in the post-production process of “The Last Film Festival,” which will hit theaters this August.