INDIE FILM PROJECTS
OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND
Echelon Entertainment announces the release of the charming romantic comedy, Our Italian Husband starring Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Piefrancesco Favino, Brook Shields and Chevy Chase, Coming to theaters in New York and Chicago in March.
Echelon also announced that Amanda Filla has been promoted to Vice President of Acquisitions; the appointment of Catherine Ernst as Vice President of International and Domestic Sales, and Jacqueline Piaza, Director of Press Relations. Read the Interview with Producer Brandi Savitt.
TAD HILGENBRINK STARS IN BIGFOOT ENTERTAINMENT'S COMEDY THE "CURIOSITY OF CHANCE" NOW IN POST- PRODUCTION IN CEBU, PHL
Bigfoot Entertainment's first fully funded feature film, The Curiosity of Chance, gears up for the 2006 film festival circuit. Currently in post-production, writer Russell P. Marleau (3-Way) is preparing his directorial debut for audiences this spring.
The Curiosity of Chance is a comedy set in the 80's about an eccentric teenager, Chance Marquis (Tad Hilgenbrink), who begins his sophomore year at a new high school. Never one to fit in at home or at school, Chance is repeatedly challenged by classmates, as well as his father (veteran actor Chris Mulkey), as he struggles to find his own voice. "I think everyone can relate to stories of struggling through the high school years," says Producer Lisa Schahet (Cloud Nine). "This film illustrates the humor and heartbreak of that really well. It's a fresh take on the teen comedy genre."
Tad Hilgenbrink brings the character of Chance and the film alive with his witty humor and flair for physical comedy. The Curiosity of Chance is Hilgenbrink's second starring role; his first, American Pie Presents: Band Camp, premiered on DVD on December 26 and shot to #1.
The film also stars Brett Chukerman (Return to Innocence) and as well as newcomers Aldevina da Silva, Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyze and Maxim Maes.
"Making The Curiosity of Chance has probably been the most enjoyable challenge of my career so far, and a dream come true," says Writer/Director Marleau. "I always wanted to write and direct a teen comedy, and thanks to our talented cast and crew, it's been a blast making this film."
Bigfoot Entertainment is enthusiastic about the prospects for their first feature film effort. "Bigfoot Entertainment is extremely proud of this film. Especially with Tad's charisma and charm that make his character, CHANCE, so likeable and relatable. Director Russell Marleau really captures both the fun and pain of growing up as a teenager," said Kacy Andrews, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer on the film.
AIMEE SEMPLE McPHERSON
The Controversy Continues
By Gina Lindsey
The Aimee Semple McPherson story remains one L.A.'s most compelling mysteries. In 1974, a TV movie The Disappearance of Aimee, starred Faye Dunaway and Bette Davis, covered the sensational aspects of her life. The film Elmer Gantry which starred Burt Lancaster, was based on David Hutton, Aimee's third husband. Several attempts have been made to bring the story to the big screen. Richard Rossi has finally achieved it.
Controversy followed the woman who many referred to simply as "Sister" and the same holds true for the film. Although the International Church of the Foursquare gospel, which Aimee Semple McPherson founded, has released a statement saying it does not endorse the film, the feature brings great acting pedigree to the screen. With newcomer Mimi Michaels in the lead, the film also stars Rance Howard, Ron Howard's father and Kiera Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter. The film was written and directed by Richard Rossi, who also co-stars.
During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Aimee Semple McPherson was arguably America's best-known preacher. Founder of the famed Angelus Temple, she became a national news story when she claimed she was kidnapped for 39 days and held for a ransom of 500,000 dollars. Months later Aimee would be tried on charges of adultery and perjury. Although the charges were eventually dropped for lack of evidence, during that period, her name appeared on the front page of America's leading newspapers on a weekly basis.
Richard Rossi's current project is the film adaptation of BANG! A Love Story, the award winning novel by Anthony Mora. Long-awaited in soft cover, Mora's controversial first novel BANG! A Love Story is finally being re-released in paperback (Dragonon, Inc.). Poised to place his indelible stamp on Los Angeles the way others have done for New York, Mora joins a canon which includes Fante and Chandler.
In 1999, Mora, who began his career as a freelance journalist, writing for publications such as US and Rolling Stone, adapted BANG! for the theater. Scenes were originally performed at the Acme Theater in Los Angeles and at the American Place Theater in New York, and featured Linda Cardellini (best known for her role in TV's cult hit Freaks & Geeks, ER and the Scooby Doo films) played the pistol-packing teen lead character.
The characters of BANG! grapple with the realities of a timeless yet somehow post-apocalyptic Southern California, complete with cults, gurus, guns, human frailty and the dangers inherent in connection. Anthony, who has written three books, has been featured in such media as CNN, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
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A Sneak Preview
What award-winning writer, director and producer Juli C. Lasselle brings to her first feature, Locked, is a glimpse of how the past continues to affect each of us every day, and how we all deal with it in totally different ways.
Currently in post-production, Locked portrays the story of two sisters struggling differently with past childhood sexual abuse: through hard work and denial. This poignant film lets us into the courageous, personal journey of Anna (Brynn Horrocks), a thirty-something fine arts photographer who toils to live freely in the present. Anna's polar opposite, her sister Mia (Hope Allen), denies her past and lives indulgently in the present. We meet the two sisters during an engagement celebration at their deceased father's country house, with Mia's fiancé, Eric (Jonathan Firth), their friends Rhys (Gerald McCullouch) and his pregnant wife Kate (Eugenia Yuan), and Anna's ex-boyfriend, George (Stacey Hinnen).
Locked is the most important film to date for Ms. Lasselle, director of shorts, Man Meets Bull (a documentary) and love Francesca (a drama). "Abuse is a topic common to so many of us yet we don't discuss it enough collectively. I wanted to share a story that explored how we all deal with our wounds in hopes it would give a voice to those suffering from abuse, and provide a forum in which we could talk about how to heal from something so devastatingly life-altering." Shot in and around Locke, California, Locked is co-produced by Tohid Naeem,of Thank You, Come Again! Productions with exclusive representation from Michael Rosen, Managing Director of Bespoke Capital Group.
Check back next issue for our continuing coverage of the film, due out soon.
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