Writer-director Matthew Mishory uses fact and fiction to take us inside the life of James Dean as an up and coming actor in Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, currently available on DVD from Wolfe Video. James Preston stars as James Dean, who is on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star in 1951. We have a contest lined up where fans of this cherished actor can take home the DVD, which takes one unique look at the man's life. Read on for how you can win.
- A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951 DVD
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Set primarily in the early 1950s and focusing on James Dean's experiences as an up-and-coming actor in Los Angeles, Writer/Director Matthew Mishory 's A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951 is a series of revealing and sometimes dreamlike vignettes that blend biographical and fictionalized elements to present pivotal moments in a remarkable life. Shot in gorgeous 35mm black and white punctuated by bursts of color, the film stars James Preston (TV's The Gates) in the title role, with Dan Glenn (TV's Pushing Daisies), debutante Dalilah Rain, Edward Singletary (Palo Alto), Robert Gant (TV's Queer as Folk) and Erin Daniels (The L Word, A Single Man) rounding out the cast in an intimate portrait of James Dean as he is on the cusp of achieving notoriety as both a great actor and an American icon.