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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Local Angle

In Tuesday's Mercury News, I wrote at some length about Oakland filmmaker Eric Escobar's short, "One Weekend a Month," then mentioned that the most impressive film on the program with Escobar was Brett Simon's "Sailor Girl."

That same day, I received the following e-mail from Brett's father Jack:
Just to let you know we especially appreciated your column this morning since Brett Simon of Sailor Girl is my son. I wanted you to know that he is a local who grew up in Palo Alto and now lives in Santa Monica.

Brett has been trying to break into features by making music videos, most recently one that plays like a mini-movie for Hoobastank's "The Reason."

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