LIFE.com – Backpacking With Sheen and Estevez

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez at the Toronto FIlm Festival

‘The Way’: Inside a Father-Son Journey

Over a legendary career, he has played many larger-than-life characters — the charming killer of Badlands; the troubled special-ops officer of Apocalypse Now; the leader of the free world on The West Wing. But at 71 years old, in a fickle business that puts a premium on youth, Martin Sheen has found that a meaty and meaningful lead role is hard to come by. Good thing, then, that filmmaking runs in the family.
Sheen’s son Emilio Estevez, the actor-turned-writer/director whose past work includes the Golden Globe-nominated RFK drama Bobby, penned a new movie, The Way, especially for his dad: Opening in theaters October 7, it’s about a grieving, closed-off father experiencing new adventures on the Camino de Santiago, a winding, 500-mile pilgrimage route that ends at a cathedral in Galicia, Spain (where Sheen and Estevez have real family roots). For 40 days in 2009, Estevez directed his dad in the movie’s lead, the two of them and a fleet crew shooting in stunning, spiritual locations in France and Spain. Joining them for about a week in Pamplona and its surrounding towns was LIFE.com editor-at-large Jeff Vespa; here, through Vespa’s photographs and Estevez’s commentary, go behind the scenes of The Way.
Check out the full story on LIFE.com

LIFE.com – Portraits: Toronto Film Fest 2011

George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

George Clooney and Ryan Gosling clown around at the Toronto Film Festival

Director George Clooney and Ryan Gosling joke over a deer-in-the-headlights stare as they take a break from promoting the movie The Ides of March at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011. The actors are just two of several stars who dropped by photographer Jeff Vespa’s Toronto studio; check daily throughout the festival to see more celebrity portraits made exclusively for LIFE. Check out the full gallery on LIFE.com

Nosebleed at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

A nose that won’t stop bleeding creates an emotional outburst from our nameless protagonist. In his desperation, the man seeks increasingly extreme methods to stop the blood and numb the pain. Finally, his self-destructive acts prove to be futile and the root of the problem reveals itself.

First time director Jeff Vespa relies on his background as a photographer as he, using playful and creative camera work and elegant lighting, creates a raw and gritty movie. Nosebleed deals with the turmoil of heartbreak, and the difficulty of dealing with suffering and grief.

– 2008 Stockholm Film Festival Catalog

Check out the listing for Nosebleed at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival – Semaine de la Critique

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