Any Wednesday/Two for Dinner: An Afternoon with Eleanor Coppola & Allie Light

  • Any Wednesday Any Wednesday
  • Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor by Lynne Sachs Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor by Lynne Sachs
  • Two for Dinner Two for Dinner


Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 4:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Short Films
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:90 min.
Note Writer:Pam Grady


US 2018 – 36 min
Director: Allie Light & Patrick Stark
Bay Area filmmaker Allie Light wrote and co-directed this sensitive, delicate drama of disparate souls reaching for connection. An octogenarian with dementia, Agnes (Mary Black) meets PTSD-afflicted homeless vet C’Mo (Shane Dean) after choir practice and gives him a ride instead of going home. While her family frets, these two people—separated by age, race, class, and even diagnoses—bond in their frail humanity.

Expected Guests: Directors Allie Light and Patrick Stark; Producers David Lundstedt and Julia Hilder

US 2017 – 22 min
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Separated by work, a couple arranges a video chat date night in Eleanor Coppola’s bittersweet drama. While Lainie (Joanne Whalley) dines at their favorite LA bistro, film director Jack (Chris Messina), on location, makes do at a rustic Montana eatery. Throughout the effervescent, romantic evening, they flirt, eat, toast, and Jack begs Lainie to join him—but does he mean it?

Expected Guest: Director Eleanor Coppola

In association with SFFILM

Included Shorts

Any Wednesday (36min) More
Two for Dinner (22min) More
Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor by Lynne Sachs (9min) More

Additional Information

Allie Light is an Academy and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. Her credits include: Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer (HBO), Dialogues With Madwomen, (Emmy; Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival); In The Shadow Of The Stars, (Academy Award); Mitsuye and Nellie, Asian American Poets; Visions of Paradise; Shakespeare’s Children); Blind Spot: Murder by Women; Children and Asthma and Good Food, Bad Food, Obesity in American Children; An Iraqi Lullaby, The Sermons of Sister Jane, Believing the Unbelievable, and Empress Hotel. Her most recent work is Any Wednesday and is Allie’s first narrative film.

Patrick Stark has worked in the film industry since 1990, climbing his way up from a variety of entry level positions in Vancouver's Hollywood film-service business, to directing and producing his own films, including Any Wednesday (co-directed and produced with Academy Award-winning director Allie Light), as well as the feature length documentary, One Life No Regrets, currently in post production. Patrick is also in development on two dramatic feature films based on acclaimed novels: The Writing on the Wall by W.D. Wetherell and A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel.

Eleanor Coppola is an accomplished artist and filmmaker. She was born in Southern California, and attended UCLA where she received a B.A. in art. In 1962, she was invited to Ireland to work on a small, low-budget film, Dementia 13. While serving as Assistant Art Director, she worked with Francis Coppola, who was directing his first feature film. The next year, Francis and Eleanor were married.

While living in the Philippines during the making of Apocalypse Now, she shot the documentary footage for the Emmy award-winning film, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. She has since made behind-the-scenes documentaries on seven films directed by her family.

Eleanor's drawings, photos, and conceptual art pieces have been exhibited in many galleries and museums. She created "Circle of Memory," an international large-scale installation of a straw-bale cairn, built to recall and commemorate children who are missing or who have died. A San Francisco Chronicle reviewer called it "simple and extraordinary." She has written two books, Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now (1979) and Notes on a Life (2008), and has designed costumes for ODC/Dance, a contemporary dance company centered in San Francisco. She is also actively involved in the Coppola family wine and resort companies.

In 2016, at the age of 80, Eleanor directed her first feature film, Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane.