Larry Hankin: “Independence”

By on July 10, 2015

“Independence” — written by Larry Hankin and Carl Gottlieb, and directed by David Brocca — was filmed in the Echo Park area of L.A. in 2007.

It was premiered nationally at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, broadcast nationally on IFC and AMC, and was announced as the winner of IFC’s Media Lab Contest.


Here’s some info from the film’s producer, Albert Brocca, at Pitch Films:

Larry and I talked about submitting something for the Spirit Awards Short Film contest over the Christmas break while I was home in PA. Larry got to work on the writing ASAP and decided to collaborate with screenplay legend and pal Carl Gottlieb.

When I got back from PA, Al and I scouted the locations and worked with Larry on the timing of the piece. Once everything was fine-tuned, we shot the whole thing in one long day, all over Los Angeles, and topped it off with a well-deserved sushi dinner in Little Tokyo.

It only took about three days to edit the piece because we already had the score, composed by Derock Goodwin. A couple tricks in After Effects and a sound mix by Al and this puppy was ready for submission into the contest.


About Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin is a writer, performer, director, producer and Oscar-nominee - and one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces in the world of character actors. A graduate of “Second City”, an original member of “The Committee”, Larry has gone on to play roles in such diverse projects as “Laverne and Shirley”; Charlie Butz in "Escape From Alcatraz": the convict Clint Eastwood left behind. He stole the raisins on "Seinfeld"; he was Mr. Heckles, The downstairs neighbor on "FRIENDS"; on "Breaking Bad", Larry was the junkyard owner who destroyed the "Meth" Winebego and supplied the huge electro-magnet this season.   Larry's been seen in over 120 other TV shows and movies along the way, including Michael Bey’s: "Pain & Gain" with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (“In the film, my character ultimately gets the crap beat out of him by Dwayne Johnson, and I consider it a milestone and an honor in my acting career”, Larry was quoted as saying). But comedic storytelling is where his heart lies: all along, Larry's also been writing short, satiric fables which he‘s been turning into film shorts (30, at present), then directing and starring in them as “Emmett Deemus”, an old, street savvy homeless poet. In Larry’s first film short: “Solly’s Diner,” he introduced his younger, comedic street character, “Sometimes Jones” to audiences here and abroad and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Larry's written and starred over 30 of his own shorts – including Larry's second incarnation of his Sometimes Jones character: Emmett Deemus: basically Don Quixote on a motorcycle: a heroicly inclined, odd elderly biker on a battered old motorcycle with a sidecar: ”The Outlaw Emmett Deemus”. At present, Larry's writing a feature and TV series for Emmett. -xxx-