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Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Announces U.S. Winner of Jameson First Shot Competition

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood February 25, 2012 at 12:06PM

All the best film puns have to do with booze, don't they? Today Trigger Street Productions announced the U.S. winner of their Jameson First Shot competition.
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All the best film puns have to do with booze, don't they?  Today Trigger Street Productions announced the U.S. winner of their Jameson First Shot competition -- that's right, Jameson, as in the famous Irish whiskey named after its creative, John Jameson.

Benjamin Leavitt, who won the competition in the U.S., is a director and editor who graduated from NYU in 2004.  His winning film, "The Ventriloquist," follows a taciturn ventriloquist who tries to outwit his gregarious marionette.  Two other winners from South Africa and Russia will join Leavitt as winners from a pool of over 700 entries.

Trigger Street, of course, is Kevin Spacey's production company, and part of the winners' prize is the opportunity to shoot their script in LA with Spacey playing the lead role.

For some reason, we see shades of "Lost in Translation" in this.  Alright, it's not quite the same, but still -- actors and whiskey?  We'd go to a movie to see Bill Murray play Kevin Spacey.

This article is related to: Shorts, Awards, Independents, Kevin Spacey


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.