by Kevin Dreyfuss
>> Quaid Makes Writing/Directing Debut
Producer Evi Quaid ("Curse of the Starving Class") makes his writing and
directorial debut with "The Debtors," a black comedy about a young woman who
comes out of nowhere to dominate the Manhattan social scene, then falls apart
after a shopping addiction leads to compulsive gambling, sex addiction and
beyond. Set to begin shooting this week in New York, Los Angeles and Las
Vegas, the film was co-written by Quaid, Jeremy Pikser ("Bulworth") and Jordan
Roberts, and is produced by Quaid, Kara Meyers and Philip Stewer. It stars
Randy Quaid ("Quick Change"), along with Michael Caine ("Blood and Wine") and
Catherine McCormack ("The Land Girls").
>> Kingpin Griswold is a Triple Threat
Actor/producer Kenny Griswold ("Kingpin") makes his triple threat debut, co-
writing, directing and co-producing the film "Net Worth" along with co-writer
and co-producer, the journalist Bill Kerig. The below $2 million production
just wrapped a month-long shoot in Salt Lake City, and stars Todd Field
("Walking and Talking"), Daniel Baldwin ("Trees Lounge"), Craig Sheffer ("The
Grave") and Michael T. Weiss ("Freeway"), with an appearance by Max Perlich
("Gummo"). The film details the serio-comic story of four pals who learn the
value of friendship as they embark on a thirty day contest to achieve the
highest net worth in a new city with no cash and no connections.
>> Painter and Vachon Tackle "Wildflowers"
The $6 million production "Wildflowers" is set to begin shooting this week in
San Francisco under the watch of executive producers Christine Vachon ("Kids,"
Welcome to the Dollhouse") and Darryl Hannah. Written and directed by Melissa
Painter (associate producer of "The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in
Love" and "Clean, Shaven"), the film centers on a mysterious woman who gets
involved in the life of a 17-year-old Northern California girl and changes her
forever. Hannah ("The Real Blonde") portrays the mystery woman, Clea Du Vall
(currently shooting New Line Cinema's "The Astronaut's Wife") plays the young
woman, and James Gandolfini ("The Mighty") her father.