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Blow Out

Released 1981
Distributor Filmways Pictures

Brian DePalma’s intriguing amalgam of Blow Up, The Conversation and The Parallax View casts John Travolta as a movie sound technician who records more than he bargained for. Top tech contributions from cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and composer Pino Donaggio distinguish a box office disappointment that has gained in stature over the years.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.