Lessons in Joyful Living Welcomes Alex Canawati September 16th at 1:00pm ET

Upon graduating from USC school of Cinematic Arts with a BA in Film Production in 1991, Alex Monty Canawati secured financing for his directorial debut Inevitable Grace.  The film starred Maxwell Caulfield and Tippi Hedren and was a psychological thriller about a man's obsession with Grace Kelly.

Canawati's study of Hollywood celebrity obsession continued with the award winning "one reeler" silent short The Birth of Babylon, which told the tale of the still-unsolved murder mystery of silent film director William Desmond Taylor. With the intrigue of The Birth of Babylon, Alex was inspired to expand the film into Return to Babylon, a new black and white silent film that reveals the scandals and decadent lives of the 1920's greatest movie stars.

Photographed with a hand-cranked camera and scored with music of the roaring twenties, this saucy silent film strings together the lives of scandalous Clara Bow (Jennifer Tilly), fiery Mexican film star Lupe Velez (Maria Conchita Alonso) and husband Johnny 'Tarzan' Weissmuller, ill-fated Virginia Rappe (Ione Skye) and Fatty Arbuckle, Douglas Fairbanks (Maxwell DeMille), Gloria Swanson (Debi Mazar), Ramon Navarro (Phillip Bloch), Josephine Baker (Rolonda Watts), Rudolph Valentino (Alex Monty Canawati) and a host of others.

"Return to Babylon" is the silent film screaming to be heard!


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