Movie writer/director gets ‘Callback’

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Eric M. Wolfson got his first role at 9, thanks to some fractured teeth.

A San Francisco native, Wolfson says his neighbor, Linda Ayers, was making a movie called “Victims” and she needed a little kid to walk out of the dentist’s office.

“It just so happened I butchered my teeth in a water slide accident (and) I had these big metal brackets,” says Wolfson, whose new movie “Callback: ‘The Unmaking of Bloodstain’ ” opened Oct. 17 at the Lumiere in San Francisco.

She asked him if he’d like to audition and he nailed the part. He even remembers his one line: “OK, then, I’ll see you later.”

No doubt delivered like Brando.

Wolfson, 33, fell into Shakespeare in later years. He was Tony in the S.F. production of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” in 1999, took classes at ACT, and worked with New Conservatory Theater.

When he moved to L.A., at 25, he became interested in writing and directing so he immersed himself in filmmaking classes and started Jaffle, his own production company.

He describes “Callback,” his first feature-length film, as “sort of the underbelly of ‘Entourage,’ about the three main types of actors working in L.A.”

He lists them as the overnight success who’s been working for years unsuccessfully and is suddenly discovered; the person who gets off the bus in L.A. and two weeks later lands a movie role; and the person who gets ahead in the business because of nepotism.

“What we did with the characters is took the archetypes and blew them out in over-the-top proportions.”

And speaking of nepotism: Wolfson gives himself a cameo at “the bartender.”

The fillmmaker’s currently in post-production with his first documentary, “Sticky.”

“What do you think it’s about?” he asks me.

“Dealing with gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe?” I suggest.

“It’s the definitive documentary on masturbation,” Wolfson says, “a nonexplicit, cross-gender, cross-cultural examination of the subject from an anthropological, pop culture and political bent.”


Long-term, he says, “I’d like to be able to tell the stories I want to tell full time. I’ve got a ton of stories I want to tell to the world.”

This has been one of them.

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