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PRODUCTION NEWS: Lazard and Lohninger Wrap, Bird Preps

PRODUCTION NEWS: Lazard and Lohninger Wrap, Bird Preps

Kevin Dreyfuss

>> “Stanley’s Gig” Wraps

Writer-director Mark Lazard just wrapped principal photography on his independent feature, “Stanley’s Gig,” a music-themed drama about the friendship between a middle aged ukelele-loving man and an elderly jazz musician shooting in Los Angeles. Co-written by Lazard and Gadi Dechter, with Justin Hogan and Todd Traina as producers, the film stars Faye Dunaway, Max Perlich, Gabrielle Anwar, Marla Gibbs, William Sanderson, Paul Benjamin and Stephen Tobolowsky. Justin Lazard and Panos C. Nicolaou executive produce.

>> “A House by the Sea” Wrapping up

Writer-director Karl Lohninger and producer Iris Lohninger of Midnight Oil Films have also just wrapped their indie film in LA, “A House by the Sea.” Starring Susan Estes, Scott Ramirez, Shannon Jones and Paul Goodman, the film is a “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?“-esque chamber drama about a happy couple trying to sell their house, and the couple of buyers who bring out their hidden dark sides in a complicated game of cat-and-mouse.

>> Bird preps “Rebekka”

Ravenous” director Antonia Bird is starting pre-production for her next film, an experimental semi-documentary called “Rebekka,” to be shot in digital video in New York, LA and the Mojave Desert. The movie will tell the true story of an American woman who goes from being a Playboy centerfold to AIDS activist after being diagnosed with HIV – it will feature a combination of dramatization and documentary footage, incorporating images of the real woman. The low-budget film is produced by Bird and her partners, actor Robert Carlyle (also of “Ravenous”) and Mark Cousins former director of the Edinburgh Film Fest, through their 4Way Films banner. According to Variety, Bird became enamored of “…the whole new media explosion” during the development of the DVD for “Ravenous,” and the experience convinced her to further explore the digital filmmaking world.

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