Producer Effie Brown Announces Slate of Eight New Projects
by Brian Brooks
Los Angeles-based production company Duly Noted Inc. has eight new feature projects slated for development and production in 2005, the company's head, producer Effie T. Brown announced recently. The first project to get underway, "Cold Kiss" by Wendy Rubin, is a thriller, which takes place during a Thanksgiving weekend celebration. Production will begin in early Spring '05, with financing from the German Hettleman-Berger Film Fund.
Other Duly Noted projects in the works include director Marco Orsini's coming of age story anout a Puerto Rican boy and his military family living in Georgia in the 1970s in "American Way." as well as Markus and Mason Canter's "Zero," a satirical comedy about a group of late thirtysomethings who have concluded their lives are directionless.
"Exactly Like You" by Silas Howard chronicles the life of a legendary transgendered jazz pianist, while Tim Bui's "Powder Blue" follows an "eclectic" group of people set in the "underbelly" of L.A. "searching for redemption, human connection and faith." Robert O'Hara's "My Place in the Horror," meanwhile, focuses on a family reunion that turns deadly when relatives "make a pact with the spirit of an ancestor," and gritty urban drama "Polish Bar" by Ben Berkowitz and Ben Redgrave depicts working class blacks and Jews living in a Chicago Polish neighborhood. One further title, which has received financing, has been withheld pending a final legal sign off.
"I am thrilled to be working with so many talented directors who feel as passionately as I do about making inspiring movies with compelling characters and stories," said Brown in a statement. "We can't wait to share each of these projects with the public."
In addition to the Hettleman-Berger Film Fund, other producing partners attached to the projects are HBO Films, and Forrest Whitaker's Spirit Dance. Brown launched Duly Noted Inc. in 2001, and received the Motorola Producer Award at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. She also serves on the board of the Independent Feature Project/LA. Brown's other producing credits include Jim McKay's "Everyday People," Patricia Cardosa's "Real Women Have Curves," and Cheryl Dunye's "Stranger Inside."