By Indiewire | Indiewire April 23, 2003 at 2:00AM
Four New Projects Lead Inaugural Salty Slate
by Eugene Hernandez
A slate of projects have been announced for Eva Kolodner and Yael Melamede's Salty Features, the new production company that was recently launched in New York. Among the projects are the first narrative feature from Margaret Cho, a film based on a Don DeLillo play, an adaptation of a work by David Gates, and a project with Lisa Robinson.
"Bam Bam and Celeste," written by and starring Cho, will be directed by Lorene Machado ("Notorious C.H.O.") and it will be produced in partnership with Cho Taussig Prodcutions ("I'm The One That I Want," "Notorious C.H.O."). as well as Liz Manne and Catherine Tait's new company, Duopoly. In the film, Cho portrays Celeste, a women who "sets out for New York with her best friend Bam Bam on an epic road trip." In the words of a Salty Features announcement, "Like Korean-American and African-American Queer Wondertwins, they take on sexism, racism and homophobia, not to mention evil high-school nemeses, and together discover that true beauty lies within."
Hal Brooks will direct "Valparaiso," an adaptation of Don DeLillo's play. Brooks directed last summer's off-Broadway production of the work in New York. A writer for the project is still to be announced. The story explores a character whose life changes when a business trip thrusts him "into an all-consuming media spotlight."
"Jernigan," which will be written and directed by Jeff Roda, is based on David Gates' Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel of the same name. It "delves into the life of Peter Jernigan, a middle aged man trying to come to terms with his failed marriage, his wife's violent, self-inflicted death, and his desire to be a decent parent to his 15-year old son." And finally, Lisa Robinson, the recipient of NYU's $100,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, is writing and will direct "Signs of Life." The project explores the complexities of a relationship between Sacha, a video game designer, and Daniel, a neuroscientist. "When Daniel leaves on a research grant," a Salty Features announcement explains, "Sacha abuses his theories regarding human experience to rationalize her desires and assuage her loneliness -- jeopardizing that which is most precious to her."
Kolodner recently left Madstone and joined forces with Melamede to launch the company, with offices on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Kolodner, a former director of development at Killer Films, produced the award-winning "Boys Don't Cry" and Madstone's "Rhinoceros Eyes." Melamede worked on Paul Schrader's "Forever Mine," Paul Auster's "Lulu On The Bridge," and Wayne Wang's "Center of the World." She also served as a production supervisor at Madstone.
[For more information, please visit: www.saltyfeatures.com.]