Entertainment; A Debut From Myles Connell; The Debut Film From Beech
Hill Films, A New Film From Carlos Saura
Compiled by Kevin Dreyfuss
>> A New Film From Jamie Babbitt And Ignite Entertainment
Ignite Entertainment, the nascent indie production company formed by the
creators of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (www.hsx.com), is currently in
pre-production on its latest film, "But I'm a Cheerleader" from director
Jamie Babbitt ("Frog Crossing") and screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson.
The low budget film is readying for a mid-December start date, and stars
Clea DuVall ("The Faculty"), Natasha Lyonne ("Slums of Beverly Hills")
and Katharine Towne ("Without Limits") in a story of two girls who fall
in love while in a "homosexual rehabilitation center." Michael Burns
and Mark Butan ("Desert Blue") are executive producing, with producers
Andrea Sperling ("No Vacancy") and Leanna Creel ("Six-String Samurai")
also on board.
>> A Debut From Myles Connell
"The Opportunist," the debut feature from writer/director Myles Connell
(the 1994 short film "Uncle Robert's Footsteps") recently wrapped
principal photography in New York. The film, developed in part at the
Sundance Lab, is set in Sunnyside, Queens and tells the story of a
reformed criminal and family man who is lured back to his old ways by a
young cousin from Ireland. Christopher Walken ("Suicide Kings"), Peter
McDonald ("I Went Down"), Donal Logue ("First Love, Last Rites"), Tom
Noonan ("The Wife"), Cyndi Lauper ("Vibes"), Jose Zuniga ("Next Stop
Wonderland"), Vera Farmiga ("Return to Paradise") and Jerry Grayson
("Pushing Tin") star, with Eureka producing and Jonathan Demme's Clinica
Estetico executive producing. The roster of executive producers
includes Demme and Edward Saxon ("Beloved"), Peter Saraf ("Storefront
Hitchcock"), John Lyons ("Boogie Nights"), Howard Bernstein and Tim
Perell (both producers on "The Myth of Fingerprints").
>> The Debut Film From Beech Hill Films
Newly formed independent production company Beech Hill Films recently
wrapped its debut feature, "Charming Billy," the first directorial
effort from screenwriter William R. Pace ("All's Fair"). The films
tells the story of an ordinary guy in the Midwest who climbs a water
tower one day and begins senselessly shooting people with a high-powered
rifle, exploring how inner rage turns to violence. Michael Hayden (TV's
"Murder One") makes his feature debut alongside Sally Murphy ("If These
Walls Could Talk"), Chelcie Ross ("A Simple Plan") and Tony Mochus
("Backdraft"). Beeh Hill heads Alexa Fogel (formerly of ABC) and Joseph
Infantolino (former councel for the Shooting Gallery) produce.
>> A New Film From Carlos Saura
Acclaimed Spanish director Carlos Saura ("Tango") has teamed with
legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("The Conformist,"
"Apocalypse Now") on his latest production, the true drama "Goya,"
currently in production in Madrid. Produced by Andres Vicente Gomez
("Belle Epoque," "Jamon Jamon") and Lola Films, the biopic stars
Francisco Rabal ("Talk of Angels"), Maribel Verdu ("Belle Epoque") and
Jose Coronado ("The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca").