Mississippi, Nickolas Perry Shoots "Speedway", and Don Most Hopes For
Happy Days As Director

by Kevin Dreyfuss

>> Brian Skeet's "Weekend" in N.Y.

Granada Films and writer-director Brian Skeet (1998 Sundance entry
"The Misadventures of Margaret") are currently in Rhinebeck, New York
shooting "The Weekend," based on the Peter Cameron novel of the same
name. The ensemble film follows a group of friends spending a summer
weekend in the country, tearing each other apart in sexual and emotional
games, and stars Gena Rowlands ("The Mighty"), Deborah Kara Ungar
("Crash"), Brooke Shields ("The Misadventures of Margaret"), David
Conrad ("The Last Days of Disco"), Gary Dourdan ("Playing God"), D.B.
Sweeney ("Spawn") and Jared Harris ("I Shot Andy Warhol").

>> Purvis Tackling "Red Dirt" in Mississippi

Installation artist and short filmmaker Tag Purvis has just begun principal
photography on his first feature, "Red Dirt," in his hometown of Meridian,
Mississippi. The film, with a budget of just under $1 million, stars Karen
Black ("Five Easy Pieces"), Walton Goggins ("The Apostle"), Aleksa Palladino
("Manny and Lo") and Dan Montgomery ("Last Man"). Produced by Sean
Gibbons and Sweet Tea Productions, who have been involved with
writer/director Purvis since his short film days, the film is the story
of a young man tied down in a small town, and the stranger who helps
him change his life.

>> Van Sant and Perry Together On "Junky"

From executive producer Gus Van Sant comes the $1 million feature debut of
writer/ director Nickolas Perry, "Speedway Junky," currently shooting in Los
Angeles and Las Vegas. The film follows a young runaway who idolizes and
dreams of becoming a professional race car driver, and stars Jesse Bradford
("William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"), Warren G ("The Show"),
Balthazar Getty ("Lost Highway"), "Darryl Hannah ("Gingerbread Man") and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen of "Beverly Hills 90210" fame.

>> Ralph Malph Going For "Sunday"

Don Most, best remembered as Ralph Malph on "Happy Days," has followed the
lead of former co-star Ron Howard into film direction with the independent
feature "The Last Best Sunday," according to Variety. Most, who can be seen
soon in Howard's upcoming "EdTV", is currently shooting the film with star
Douglas Spain ("Star Maps"), who plays a Mexican-American teenager who flees a
group of racist thugs and ends up holding a girl hostage in her home.