Humphrey Bogart as indie-film booster? It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Writer-director Steve Anderson (“The Big Empty,” “Fuck”) has convinced the Humphrey Bogart Estate to help finance his micro-budget noir, “This Last Lonely Place,” according to the WSJ’s MarketWatch. The filmmaker has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 for his original thriller about three lost souls who find their worlds colliding in an L.A. cab, and not only has the Bogie Estate thrown $10,000 to the cause, it has committed to matching every additional donation.
Bogart LLC majority owners Stephen Bogart and his sister Leslie see the investment as a way to support the kinds of films their father most liked. From the story:
“The main goal of the Humphrey Bogart Estate is to honor and promote my father’s legacy,” said Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of the iconic performer. “My father loved film noir, he loved Los Angeles, and he was a big supporter of his fellow artists. Bogie got his big break because of Leslie Howard, and he never forgot it. Therefore, we have made a decision to support independent films whenever we find the type of project Bogie might have liked, and we just couldn’t pass up the chance to support director Steve Anderson’s ode to film noir and Los Angeles.”
Anderson gamed the potential for the Bogart family’s involvement a bit with his screenplay’s title, an echo of the Nicolas Ray-directed 1950 thriller, “In a Lonely Place,” which contains one of Bogie’s most complex roles.