SFotD: The Short Film That Grew Into ‘Boogie Nights’

Why Watch? As you can tell by our spotlight on his filmmaking tips, we’re a bit PTA-obsessed this week (which makes sense considering the presence of The Master in theaters). Philip Seymour Hoffman can talk us into just about anything.

Regardless of those embarrassing pictures Hoffman took of us, it’s fantastic and fascinating that we live in a time where we can get a first-hand look at the beginning of a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson. This is the first time “A Paul Anderson Film” ever appeared, and it’s what eventually led to Boogie Nights (followed by a huge amount of acclaim). From humble beginnings…comes…The Dirk Diggler Story.

What will it cost you? Only 30 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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