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October 2010

RABBIT HOLE and CEREMONY: Movie Trailers

Last month I wrote about 2 movies I worked on that premiered at the Torronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Both films, RABBIT HOLE and CEREMONY were picked up by distributers and both are expected to be released in theaters soon!! Watch the trailers below.Unfortunately the First Look at RABBIT HOLE has been pulled from youtube by Lionsgate as of October 22, 2010, but the video below is the official trailor...enjoy.

Watch RABBIT HOLE Trailer here
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Nicole Kidman, and Aaron Eckhart

RABBIT HOLE was picked up by Lionsgate for distribution. This adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Broadway play of the same name by David Lindsay-Abaire is set to be released in Movie Theaters across the nation on December 17th 2010. A drama about how a family deals with unbearable loss with stunning perfomance has started much buzz regarding Diane Weist's and Nicole Kidman's performances...talk of Tony Nominations. So don't miss it. And look for my name in the credits. 

Watch CEREMONY Trailer here
Directed by Max Winkler
Starring Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano

Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution fights for CEREMONY an indie comedy, written and directed by Max Winkler and produced by NALA Films. This story about a young man's infatuation with an older woman and the lengths to which he'll go to in an attempt to win the heart is both amusing and heartfelt. The release date is not yet determined...but stay tuned.


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Feature-Length Screenplay "NOTHING TO LOSE": Golden Brad Awards semi-finalist

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THE GOLDEN BRAD AWARDS was formed to discover and promote new writing talent, in order to make Hollywood more accessible. They connect writers with producers, literary managers and agents. Their focus is finding and promoting producible, winning screenplays and getting that material to companies who have the power and connections to make something happen. 

Because I wanted to -  and because I was inspired by true events - I wrote the feature-length screenplay called NOTHING TO LOSE. This past month THE GOLDE BRAD AWARDS (Movie Script Competition) recognized my efforts and awarded my screenplay, "NOTHING TO LOSE", the honer of being one of the Top Drama Scripts for 2010. 

"NOTHING TO LOSE" is a story of transformation. Trials can become triumphs if we keep an open mind to the opportunities that life puts in front of us. And since I believe in life without limits, this subject matter seemed especially suited for me to write on...may it be produced into a film someday soon!! 

Script synopsis: 
When successful psychotherapist, and loving step-mother, Robin Wilson's husband announces that he is in love with another woman, Robin's life is thrown into a tailspin. Faced with the truth about her marriage, instead of feeling sorry for herself Robin decides to re-invent herself, moving to New York City with the intention of making it as an actress. 
A fish out of water, Robin encounters many challenges along the way as she struggles to create a new life for herself far from the comfort of her suburban existence. "NOTHING TO LOSE" proves that it is never to late to make your dreams come true. 


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Brief Encounter: a theatre dream

After a BRIEF ENCOUNTER at Studio 54, I'm compelled to share my experience of a tender, tragic and touching love affair...
No, I'm not talking about a late night hook-up I had at a club. I'm talking about the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the Noël Coward's beautifully written play, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, which runs through to December 5, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway. 

Director Emma Rice's Broadway stage adaptation (first produced in 2008 at The Kneehigh Theatre) of the beloved 1945 film, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, is brilliantly crafted to capture the essence of the mind-blowing wonder, intensity and confusion that accompanies the chance connection of two married people who fall in love with each other.  

Watch BRIEF ENCOUNTER Video Trailer

Laura (Hannah Yelland) and Alec (Tristan Sturrock) fall in love when a chance meeting at a train station brings them together. But this is not a simple romance. Both are already married when they meet. They tussle with the essential question of how handle the intensity of their feelings for each other within the constrictions of social expectations. Their romance defies reason and unravels their previous notions about what matters in life and challenges the ideals that used to seem so simple and clear to each of them. This production takes the audience through every possible emotion associated with the complexity of these peoples' struggle to do the right thing, honor their love for one another, while staying true to the brilliant connection and passion they have found.

Full of the heartbreaking twist and turns inherent to falling in love outside marriage, Broadway's BRIEF ENCOUNTER is a marvel, capturing the unfathomable yearnings of true love under conditions that make it’s unbridled expression egregious. It's not often that a story of this kind is told with such keen sensitivity to the humanness of the people involved, and with an understanding of the emotional roller-coaster that come with (and between) a romance under these circumstances.

The dream-like quality of this production captures the essence of romance movie magic, tragic unrelenting love and theatrical drama by artfully merging both film and theatrical techniques (film, screens, music, puppets, creative choreography and staging - both dance and creative movement, musical numbers, multi-level moving sets, brilliant lighting, soaring underscoring, montage sequences, and exquisite acting). 

The complexity of the production mirrors the complex human struggles of the story line. It is sheer genius.


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