Christian Coppola is a 24-year-old filmmaker who happens to be a distant relative of the Francis Ford Coppola family — but he wants very much to succeed on his own merits.
“I’m not close enough to get invited for Thanksgiving dinner,” he told Variety recently. “There’s no real direct connection. I really see myself as my own entity and I want to tell my stories.”
He’s completed a short film, “Daddy,” with a pair of recognizable actors — Ron Rifkin of “Brothers & Sisters” and Dylan Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) — in starring roles. Coppola shot the film over three days at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in late January.