My Kiwi friend David White is in the U.S. this week on business, and I arranged for him to go say hello to a few of my American friends in New York and L.A. I always like introducing folks with similar passions and goals. You never know what kinds of great things will result.
A budding entertainment mogul, David writes and develops feature films, television shows, and documentaries. He currently has two projects in production – The Red House (a feature-length documentary) and Toi La Who? (a short film). He already has Fringe Festival productions, TV pilots, award-winning music videos, a new production company (White Balance Pictures), and a feature film (The Last Great Snail Chase) under his belt. Busy guy.
His first hello for me in the U.S. was to my friend and former client Lesli Klainberg. Lesli and I served together for many years on the GLAAD board of directors. I also had the great pleasure of doing the legal work for a film that she produced, Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. I last saw Lesli when she took the train down to DC from New York to attend my swearing-in ceremony. And yes, she is as warm and wonderful as her smile indicates.
Lesli e-mailed me the photo above, taken after lunch with David. Coincidentally, she was heading off to a shoot with another person whom I had arranged for David to see, Bruce Cohen, so she took David along. Bruce is a great friend from Los Angeles who produces movies for a living, and does it grandly. Bruce has a best picture Oscar on his mantle for producing American Beauty, and he was nominated again most recently for Milk. Like Lesli, he is a peach of a person, a generous philanthropist, and an involved citizen who makes a positive difference.
From all that I have seen and heard, David is having a great visit to the U.S. I look forward to chatting with him when he gets back.