The Cable Girl

Talking with Xan Cassavetes about her documentary, "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession".

“I never thought I would make a film about this subject. I sort of forgot about Z Channel after it went off the air in 1989, but once Jason Resnick of Focus Features made the suggestion, I became obsessed all over again. I still am. I’ll probably be this way until I’m 80, babbling about Z Channel,” she says with a low laugh.

Still, Cassavetes, like her industrious siblings, directors Nick and Zoe, has her hands in other projects as well. She just completed a screenplay called “Mexico City,” a dark romance that she hopes to make into her next film.

As Cassavetes talks about her career, a fat Persian cat winds his way around her feet, drawing attention to a Match Box car and a Barbie notebook strewn around the fire pit, evidence of her son, John, and daughter, Veronica, ages five and seven, respectively. Cassavetes is divorced from their father, Rick Ross, who produced “Z Channel.”

“You know, I’m a single mom, I have to take care of my kids, so I just take it one day at a time. I tell myself if I can wake up each day and be excited about what I’m doing, then I must be happy,” she says, winking. “But then again, maybe I’m in denial.”
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