Glad to see the L.A. Weekly support a small indie film on its cover (“Three Faces of Ivan, June 7–13] rather than the latest Hollywood blockbuster. But the subhead, “The movie that’s making the industry crazy,” is absurd. Sorry to be cynical, but ivans xtc. opened in exactly one theater and was greeted by a largely mixed reaction from critics (including, ironically, Ella Taylor’s accompanying review). Hard as it is for me to admit, the biz was driven infinitely more “crazy” by that weekend’s Spider-Man grosses and J.Lo’s apparent divorce than by this little-seen film.
Re: Ella Taylor’s review of the film ivans xtc. Please know that Jay Moloney did not commit suicide in a hotel room after being fired for cocaine addiction. In fact, Jay lost his job several months prior — yes, due to substance abuse problems, but substance abuse that was overshadowing his intense bipolar disorder. He hanged himself in the shower at home; he was getting ready for a business meeting, one of many he optimistically had scheduled. Jay was severely manic-depressive, and it was the disease’s in-the-depths-of-hell low swing that ultimately tore his life away from those of us who adored him. A really fucked morning that ripped out a lot of hearts, his own and his friends’.