has been an exciting few days around here... most of which
was dominated by the coverage of the "35th Giffoni Film
Festival". What an amazing place to hold such an event,
and it really makes me happy that Haley and family were able
to experience yet another part of this big world. Hopefully
Haley and family were able to spend the rest of their holiday
at some secluded Villa somewhere, all the while enjoying a
nice isolated beach or something. I think that was a big part
of the trip, for the whole family to just get away from the
silliness that surrounds them everyday in LA. The fall will
once again be quite hectic at the Osment house, what with
both kids again involved in their own projects, so it is nice
that the whole family was able to spend some quiet and private
time together before ramping up their public lives one more
not sure about anyone else, but I thought Haley's trip to
Italy was a great success. It is so nice that he was invited
to attend such an amazing event, and just like everything
else, Haley gave back as much as he could. How silly that
just about all of the North American media chose not to cover
an event such as that... like the only "real" film
industry is confined to Hollywood. Of course Haley understands
and appreciates that cinema is a global experience, and so
he would naturally want to be a part of something like Giffoni...
and naturally the Giffoni Film Festival would want to include
someone like Haley.
great as it was to see the images of Haley surrounded by so
many fans from all around the world, and the images of Haley
and family, and even the images of the event itself... I'm
sure most were happiest when it was confirmed by Haley himself
at the Film Festival that he would be starting a new film
project at the end of August. It has been three years since
he was last in front of a camera, and although I'm sure we
all came to truly appreciate how remarkable and amazing his
previous films are, there is nothing quite like the excitement
and anticipation for a new Haley Film! So that is why I just
wanted to say thanks Haley, you have made a great many people
very, very happy. It is the one thing I've noticed in speaking
with friends and family since the new film was mentioned at
Giffoni... probably more than any other actor, you are the
one that everyone has missed the most.
before I get too carried away... we do have this one brief
article as reported by Variety, and can be found here,
along with a few extra pics from the festival. It is a nice
little article in which some of what Haley talked about during
his Q&A session on 17-July-2005 is revealed... I hope
you like it, and enjoy the pics.
Thurs., Jul. 21, 2005, 5:48pm PT
child's play for Osment at Italo's Giffoni Fest
Actor talks up filmmaking with a jury of 1500 kids
GIFFONI VALLE PIANA -- Young actor Haley Joel Osment
had a busy day at the 35th edition of the Giffoni Film
Festival near Italy's Amalfi coast. That's because he
met with a selection of the 1500 all-kid jury to talk
about filmmaking and the competition titles. Although
he was meant to be presented as a role model to the
kids the young thesp said the kids' ideas about the
movies "was much more interesting than what I had
to say to them."
if that wasn't enough to keep him occupied, journos
covering the fest had some heavy questions for him --
probably heavier than the ones his mom would ask him
if he stayed out past curfew.
wanted to know what he thought of the state of the world,
and of the often value-laden American films? How had
he planned to levy a successful career as a kid actor
into a successful career as a young actor? If that didn't
work, what was he going to do? And, they wanted to know,
what would he do were Quentin Tarantino to ask him to
be in a film?
the terrorism in the world we should concentrate on
more festivals like this one," he said. He doesn't
like "films that try to tell you what to think"
and, that he "plans on picking projects with care,"
but if acting doesn't work out, he will keep working
in the arts as a writer or director. As for Tarantino,
Osment respects the helmer for branching out. "Diversity
is the future of the industry," he said.
actor hasn't been in a film since 2003 but announced
his next project, a Rusty Gorman pic entitled "House
of the Giants" about the importance of basketball
to a group of high schoolers.
film "is very much a part of this transitional
period," he told Variety.
before getting back to work in September, Osment will
spend a week's vacation on Amalfi with his family.
and in case you were wondering what the Amalfi Coast in Italy
looks like... well there is this particular view as a possible
place that Haley and family might have spent the rest of their
vacation... simply amazing.