Proud to announce that my new independent feature film Bar America is finished post-production, and now embarks on the path to getting distribution. Watch out for updates ... Here are some exclusive stills from Electrum Films Ltd!
On Thanksgiving the family and I watched the Texas Buyers Club ... Amazing performances and definitely worth the price of admission. If ever there was Academy Award fare, this is it. Big journey for the main character from a homophobic bull rider to a truly compassionate man. A real examination of the nature of friendship and love. Hollywood feel good, with a serious issue and knockout performances. I was with it the whole way.
Stand By For Mind Control have done a great blog interview with me. It brings up a lot of the issues that the fans of the show have argued about over the years and perspectives I've never really had the chance to express. And it also covers new perspectives on a lot of my other films and TV all they way up to the extreme indy nature of of Your Good Friend. Click here to go to the interview!
Here's a good clip from the Doctor Who Movie I wrote and co-produced back in 1996. It was a hard challenge telling what are normally 6 hour long stories in one TV feature AND introducing the Doctor to an American audience, who for the most part had no idea who the doctor was ... It was basically "Doctor Who Am I" ... McGann did a lovely job, and Geoffrey Sax directed it with a real sense of joy, and Eric Roberts who had always wanted to play pantomime got his chance as he "camped up" the Master.
It's been 17 years since I wrote and co-produced Doctor Who the movie for Fox TV/Universal/BBC ... Paul McGann's doctor had his only TV outing on that film, and when the show was revived in 2005 (even though my Doctor was accepted into the cannon of Doctors) his death and regeneration were never really dealt with. The eighth doctor lived on in audio books and novels. I have always felt like the Cinderella of Doctor Who writers. But this year is the 50th anniversary of the Doctor and the gently witty character I gave voice to for McGann has developed a loving following. I was SO happy to see them bring him back to life today on the big screen, so proud of Paul ,and happy that Moffat did this ... It's fantastic to see McGann's Doctor again and I wish I could be writing for him once again.
A unique approach to distribution here. We've gone this far alone with the film. Building it bit by bit. Now on completion and with more festivals on the horizon we're starting to build an audience ... This is where most tiny films like this grind to a sad halt. They wait nervously for distribution from all the usual suspects. But Your Good Friend isn't going to bother looking for a distributor. In fact we don't want one!
We're going straight to a VOD platform in June 2014. These platforms are easy to set up, they give the filmmakers 70-80% of the revenue BUT and here's the hard bit, they provide NO marketing. That's where indiegogo comes in. Our philosophy is simple, crowd-funding can lead to the audience becoming the distributor, and in of itself build an audience ... Why not?
Click here to go to the Indiegogo page ... And here's the promo for the campaign!
Good friend and partner-in-crime Bernard Rose has his funny and touching satire about Hollywood in the 90s and the 2000s coming out this weekend. Adapted from the Tolstoy short story The Two Hussars it has a hidden richness not often found in movies about the movie business. Danny Huston and a cast to die for ... Be there or be square!
I am so proud for Molly Green, who I had the honor of teaching back in 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin when I did a guest lecturer stint there for a semester. She and her gang have made a charming, touching romanic comedy called Forev. It's a micro-budget feature that really works. It has just won the audience award at the Portland Film Festival!! I saw it at the LA Film Festival back in June where it had it's world premiere. It's quite the sweetest film I've seen in years and hopefully will get a release here.
Watched Lovelace on i-tunes ... Excellent bio-pic produced by my good friend and partner-in-crime, Heidi Jo Markel, that could easily have stopped at the high-concept but didn't. Lovelace tells a very dark tale with a mirror structure that feels fresh and clear. Wonderfully cast, excellently directed, and full of great moments. Knockout performances from the whole cast but especially, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard and Sharon Stone who all create a magnificent tension on screen that drives this story home. Especially Sharon Stone, as Lovelace's mother, gives the movie it's depth, in terms of what we can take away. Definitely worth checking out!
As far as I know we never saw Paul's doctor officially die and regenerate - fans please correct me if I am wrong ... Maybe he's still out there somewhere in a parallel universe, and could pop up when the doctor runs out of all his other lives. Either way, here's an exclusive interview I did with one of the main Doctor Who websites for the 50th anniversary celebrations
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