Filmmaker pursues Valley girls, Bollywood

Monday, November 17, 2003

When in doubt, make a movie about yourself. That seems to be the lesson of "The AMC Project" (9 p.m., AMC).

Filmmaker Peter Mattei enjoyed some success at the Sundance Film Festival, but no Hollywood deals came his way. Faced with the need to pay his bills, Mattei decided to explore two directorial options. His half-hour film "I Want to Be Clive McClean" (9 p.m.) follows Mattei to the San Fernando Valley, where he mulls taking a job in the obscenely profitable adult movie industry.

There he meets successful pornographer Clive McClean at his ranch. In sharp contrast to the tawdry nature of his movies, McClean shares a happy, wholesome life with a supportive wife and a menagerie of pets and farm animals. Mattei, who admits that he finds pornography "boring and kind of sad," goes on the set of one of McClean's films, where the "action" is performed with "all the professionalism of an electrician changing a light bulb."

Needless to say, he doesn't pursue a job as a smut director. "McClean" also provides a detached, clinical view of the porn industry, a business that Mattei describes as "bigger than Hollywood" itself.

The second film, "I Want to Be Karan Johar" (9:30 p.m.), not provided for review, follows Mattei to Bombay, where he tries to learn about the Indian film scene from director Karan Johar, and where Mattei hopes to film his own "Bollywood" musical.

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