by Mark Rabinowitz
Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up Susan Skoog's debut effort, "Whatever",
with the indie distrib nabbing worldwide rights. Writer/director Skoog's
pic, set in the early 80's, features a pair of girls navigating the often
difficult world of adolescence, with high school, boys and dysfunctional
families added to the mix. The film also features a memorable soundtrack of
early 80's musical artists, including: Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The
Pretenders, Blondie and The Jam.
The film was produced by Ellin Baumel, Michelle Yahn, Kevin Segalla and
Skoog, and was exec produced by Circle Films ("Raising Arizona", "Miller's Crossing", "Barton Fink") in a partnership with Irwin Young of Duart Films.
The film was shot by two accomplished D.P.'s, Michael Barrow ("Heavy", "Caught", "Sunday") and Michael Meyers ("Spanking The Monkey", "Cafe Society").