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LA People: Laura Kim, Larry Clark, Charles Burnett, Mickey Cottrell

LA Weekly’s “LA People 2006″ is a swell read, and it includes short profiles of Larry Clark, who makes a confession about his Wassup Rockers? pals: “Although Clark is probably as familiar with South-Central as he is with his froufrou neighborhood on the Westside, he has no plans to move to the hood… “I was actually thinking about it for a while, because I was spending so much time down there,” says Clark. “But the boys made me promise I wouldn’t. They were scared I’d get in trouble.” law34568907.gif Also: Scott Foundas‘ lengthy takeout on director Charles Burnett: “Burnett is in the final editing stages on what may be his most ambitious project to date—a biopic of Sam Nujoma, the first president of Namibia—and the folks at the invaluable Milestone Film & Video confirm that their long-standing project to issue both Killer of Sheep and My Brother’s Wedding on DVD should reach fruition by year’s end.” And: Ella Taylor on crack publicist Mickey Cottrell and the “brainy esoterica” the former monk champeens, plus a sweet pipe dream: “Today [Cottrell’s] company, Inclusive PR, has expanded its functions to grassroots niche marketing and helping filmmakers to self-distribute their films in multiple cities. “It would be even more fun if I didn’t have to make a living at it… I’ve always dreamed of the day I could afford to take out a full-page ad in Variety, requesting submissions for an absolutely free full Sundance PR campaign for one film I adore, one masterpiece to put all my efforts into and not represent the usual four films I’m paid to do.” Plus: Warner Independent marketing and publicity maven Laura Kim who says of March of the Penguins: “Penguins can’t do interviews.”

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