Penny Marshall memoir drops famous names - SFGate
Marshall's memoir drops names, laments shift to action over dialoguePenny Marshall likes to nickname the movie stars she's worked with. Marshall details encounters with A-listers after making her transition from "Laverne & Shirley" sitcom star to movie director in her new memoir, "My Mother Was Nuts." "All they care about is things that sell overseas, so it's a lot of action, people in metal outfits and car crashes, vampires," Marshall says. A new reality for documentary director First-time feature filmmaker Spencer McCall explores an alternate reality game gone terribly wrong in his crime mystery "The Institute," which screens Thursday and next Sunday at the Mill Valley Film Festival. McCall, who previously directed the documentary short "Rodeos Are Special," works as a graphic designer and teaches motion graphics at San Francisco State University. For "The Institute," he incorporates found footage, comic-strip panels, animation and footage that he accumulated while shooting video for a San Francisco gaming project, the Games of Nonchalance. Gotham, 35, got a chance to spend a year's worth of quality time with his famous dad during the making of "Decoding Deepak," which follows Chopra senior on travels to Thailand, the banks of a river in India and points in between.