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Allison Anders, Lisanne Skyler and Sam Pillsbury Wrap Pics; Joshua Miller Starts Shooting

Allison Anders, Lisanne Skyler and Sam Pillsbury Wrap Pics; Joshua Miller Starts Shooting

Wrap Pics; Joshua Miller Starts Shooting

Compiled by Kevin Dreyfuss

>> Anders Wraps Untitled Project

Allison Anders (“Grace of my Heart”) has just wrapped on an untitled
comedy sending up the rock music business in Los Angeles, co-written and
co-directed with Kurt Voss, who last worked with Anders on the 1988
punk-rock film “Border Radio.” Produced by long-time collaborator
Daniel Hassid and financed by Film Four, the film is a “Nashville” –
style romp involving more than 30 characters. Rosanna Arquette (“Buffalo
66″) stars as an actress married to a musician, Ally Sheedy (“High Art”)
plays a New Age production designer, and Beverly D’Angelo (“American
History X”) and Lumi Cavazos (“Bottle Rocket”) also play roles. The
story revolves around a group of once-great rockers trying to recapture
past glory. In a lovely bonus, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Spandau
Ballet’s Martin Kemp, Power Station’s Michael Des Barres and music
producer Larry Klein play the musicians.

>> “Mao Game” Ramps Up

Currently in pre-production in Los Angeles under Galt Neiderhoffer’s
Giv’en Films banner is “The Mao Game,” based on a novel by actor Joshua
Miller, with Miller making his writing-directing debut. The film is
executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and tells the story of a
fifteen-year-old child actor with a supremely warped Hollywood
lifestyle, trying to make sense of the lunacy that is his life. Miller
(“In & Out”), Piper Laurie (“The Grass Harp”) and Kirstie Alley
(“Nevada”) star.

>> Lisanne Skyler Wraps Feature Debut

Getting to Know You,” the feature debut of documentary director Lisanne
Skyler (“No Loans Today”), wrapped this week in Asbury Park, New
Jersey. The ShadowCatcher Entertainment production, with Cineville
doing foreign distribution, was written by Skyler and her sister
Tristine Skyler, based on several short stories by Joyce Carol Oates.
The film spins out the tale of a chance encounter between a mysterious
man and woman at a bus stop, and stars Bebe Neuwirth (Spike Lee’s
upcoming “Summer of Sam”) and Heather Matarazzo (“Welcome to the
Dollhouse”), along with Chris Noth (TV’s “Law and Order”), Sonja Sohn
(“Slam”), Leo Burmester (“Switchback”) and Seymour Cassel (“Honeymoon in
Vegas,” “Minnie and Moskowitz”), among others.

>> “Ferry” Wraps

Also wrapping production this week is Platform Entertainment and Oregon
‘ indie feature “Morgan’s Ferry” in Wilmington, North Carolina,
directed by Sam Pillsbury (“Starlight Hotel”) and written by Kathy
McCormick. The film stars a quirky assortment of actors, including Billy
Zane (“Only You,” “Titanic”), who is co-producing the film through his
Zane Productions, Johnny Galecki (“The Opposite of Sex”), Roscoe Lee
Browne (“The Pompatus of Love”), Henry Rollins (“Lost Highway”) and
Kelly McGillis (“The Accused,” “Perfect Prey”). The story is set in the
1950’s, as three escaped convicts take refuge in the house of a
reclusive woman while waiting for a ferry across the Mississippi, and
form a special bond with the woman. Happens every day.

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