Lynn McIntosh, retired executive director of the Southern Oklahoma Library System, recently returned from a 10 day family vacation in Hollywood. While there she spent time with her children and their families. But this was a step above the typical site seeing excursion because her daughter, Shannon McIntosh, happens to be the producer of Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring the talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. And the high-point of the trip was the Hollywood premiere of the film.
McIntosh said her daughter has produced several films with Tarantino in addition to working on other projects, and she shared the story of how Shannon first got into the film industry.
“When she finished graduate school, I was living in Princeton, New Jersey, and she came to live with me and started freelancing more in the commercial world,” McIntosh said. “Then someone she had worked with in college at the University of Miami — one of the agencies that helped her bring talent in for student entertainment — called her and said there was a position open that she might be interested in. That was in what was then the Miramax company. So she went to work as a freelancer and within six months she was a permanent employee. Then she worked her way up and worked her way through.”
The premiere took place on July 22 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. 932 people were in attendance, including McIntosh and her family along with Gail Currier, current executive director of SOLS. The group was able to walk the red carpet, see the film, then chat with the cast and crew at the afterparty at the nearby Roosevelt Hotel where McIntosh and Currier were staying.
“It was very exciting,” McIntosh said. “We had to be downstairs at around 5:30 to be in the car my daughter arranged for us. Then we went and saw the film, which is almost three hours long. At the Roosevelt Hotel they had the parties divided up into two areas — one up in the big ballroom and one down at the pool. We were by the pool and had a table. We got to see people coming and going and it was very interesting.”
McIntosh said the party lasted until the early hours of the morning and she and Currier weren’t back in their room until 4 a.m.
“I got to meet Leo’s [DiCaprio] mom and visit with her, and of course I met him,” McIntosh said. “It was just a wonderful exciting experience. Particularly with my daughter being involved as she is.”
McInsosh said that while her daughter was able to enjoy her time at the premiere, she was also, of course, busy working that evening as well. After the Hollywood premiere, she has continued to work promoting the film by attending premieres in New York, Germany, Italy, Russia and Mexico.
McIntosh said she is incredibly proud of her daughter and all the hard work she has put in to get to this stage in her career.
“As a mother and as a woman I’m so proud of Shannon,” Mcintosh said. “Despite her position and high profile within the industry, she is a very down to earth person and she treats everybody, regardless of their position within the industry, with the highest respect and interest. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me to tell me what a great person she is — what a pleasure it is to work with her.
“Despite the fact that she hasn’t lived in Oklahoma since she was a toddler she has that ‘Oklahoma can do spirit’ and a friendly, caring attitude with colleagues and strangers. I encourage everyone to see the movie!”