by Mark Rabinowitz
Cinepix Film Properties (CFP) has recently entered into production on its
seventh and eighth films of the year, with "Vig", the American debut of
British director, Graham Theakston ("The Mill On The Floss", "The Politician's Wife") and "Hi-Life", the directorial debut of screenwriter Roger Hedden
("Sleep With Me", "Bodies, Rest, & Motion"). The two join the completed "Buffalo '66" (dir. Vincent Gallo) and "Tom And Jerry" by Saul Rubinek (both rumored to
be Sundance selections) as well as several others, to make up the 1997
production slate for the indie distrib cum production company.
"Vig" is a drama about a old-school bookie (Peter Falk) forced to change his
ways when the mob moves in, and also stars Lauren Holly ("Long Time, Nothing New"), Timothy Hutton, Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("The House Of Yes"), Tyne Daly,
Colm Meany ("The Van") and Frank Vincent. The film is being produced by S.
Miguel Valenti and CFP Head of Production Mike Paseornek while CFP
Executive Vice President Jeff Sackman, John Dunning, Andre Link, Cis Corman
and Erin Martin are sharing the exec producing chores.
"Hi-Life" stars indie stalwart Eric Stoltz, Rebecca DeMornay, Charles
Durning, Moira Kelly, Peter Reigert and Campbell Scott in a romantic comedy
about a struggling New York actor (Stoltz) with money and bookie (Durning)
problems. The film is being produced by Erica Spellman-Silverman who was
Hedden's agent at the William Morris Agency, with Mike Paseornek, CFP
Executive Vice President Jeff Sackman and noted entertainment attorney
Stephen Beer sharing exec producer duties.