Ever since seeing the Disney movie Angels in the Outfield in the 1990s, I have always been a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The multi-talented actor has been working nonstop in show business for the past two decades. Gordon-Levitt has taken part in various notable films such as This Coast favorite 500 Days of Summer, as well as 10 Things I Hate About You, Brick, Inception, Killshot, and my guilty pleasure GI Joe. But most recently, he has been working steadily directing his own production company, hitRECord.
This past Tuesday, the actor-director stopped by The Neptune Theatre in Seattle’s University District during his two city Northwest tour, promoting his company and educating Pacific Northwest fans how to create and develop art and media collaboratively. Undoubtedly, the atmosphere was that of screaming women dying to see the lovable heartthrob up close and personal. Instead of lamenting on his career and going through a standard question and answer session, Gordon-Levitt seized the opportunity to showcase his work in short films, animation and music videos. He did this all while urging the audience to always record too. Once Gordon-Levitt hit the stage, the audience was in a flurry of excitement. The theatre by that point was a sea of cameras filming the event, all eyes immediately on the Hollywood heavyweight.
The show immediately started with a glimpse at a few shorts created by the host, who also goes by the pseudonym RegularJOE. The first clip is from his series of shorts, this one entitled Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny. As most know, Gordon-Levitt is at his best when he plays the guy who always gets the girl. That is no different here.
Gordon-Levitt was an excellent master of ceremonies keeping everyone entertained and enthralled all night long. The audience participation was high and light-hearted. In the following clip, he aroused the theater by soliciting audience participation. He discusses his latest project of tiny stories.
At one point, Gordon-Levitt discusses his latest collaboration about cities. He mentions that he tweeted the question of what makes Seattle unique. Some members of the audience were quick to send their tweets back, and Gordon-Levitt read a few aloud. There were plenty of great answers. One tweet in particular consisted of “baby got back, a kung-fu legend, and we have a computer geek.” The most intriguing answer of the night from one female was “this city has the most women who look like lesbians but aren’t.”
Be sure to follow RegularJOE and his company at hitRECord. There you have the ability to create your own movies and collaborate with others. Suffice it to say, Seattle had a blast with a true actor-director encouraging fellow film enthusiasts to pick up a camera and just hit record.
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