Bold Films Locks Up Output Deals for the U.K., Canada
Feb 18 2016
The Hollywood Reporter
The production company aligns with Icon Film Distribution in the U.K. and Ireland and with Elevation Pictures in Canada.
Bold Films has inked multiyear output deals in the U.K. and Ireland with Icon Film Distribution and in Canada with Elevation Pictures.
The move builds upon relationships already in place between Bold and the two distributors. Icon released Bold’s crime drama Drive starring Ryan Gosling in the U.K. in 2011, and Elevation brought the production company’s crime thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal to Canadian theaters in 2014. Sierra/Affinity, the exclusive sales agent for Bold, brokered the output deals, as it had done for Drive and Nightcrawler.
“Placing our thriving slate for theatrical distribution in two key foreign territories constitutes a major strategic advance for Bold,” CEO Gary Michael Walters said Thursday in a statement. “We accelerate our ability to mount productions, deepen our market penetration and increase our ability to shape our overseas releases. Bold’s strong track record of success with Icon and Elevation gives us all a great foundation for future growth.”
Added Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer: “We are pleased to be able to strengthen the successful relationship that Bold Films started years ago with Icon and Elevation. These long-term distribution commitments are a testament to the quality and playability that Bold injects into its films and demonstrate that Bold’s notable brand effectively resonates with global audiences.”
Last year, Bold Films produced and financed the best picture Oscar nominee Whiplash and recently boarded Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger as a financier. Bold’s most recent film was The Weinstein Co.’s international thriller No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan.
The output deals were negotiated by Jonathan Kier, Sierra/Affinity’s president sales and distribution, and Jen Gorton, Sierra/Affinity’s vp international sales. Icon CEO Ian Dawson and Elevation co-president Laurie May negotiated on behalf of their respective companies.
Bold Films Entering Superhero Territory With ‘Samaritan’
Feb 16 2016
The Hollywood Reporter
The company aims to produce and finance the project, with Bold’s Michel Litvak will produce alongside Jon Oakes. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.
The spec script is set 20 years after an epic battle left a city’s supervillain dead and its superhero missing. On the rough side of town, a young boy befriends the old man across the alleyway and as their relationship develops, the boy comes to believe the man is the hero in hiding. The truth, however, proves to be more shocking than the boy could have ever imagined.
The project has been described as having shades of 2000’s Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan’s grounded take on superheroes that starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and Finding Forrester, the 2000 drama that starred Sean Connery as a reclusive author mentoring a youth with a troubled home life.
“Samaritan is a unique story about the superhero next door, and a beautiful parable of redemption,” said Litvak.
Bold, which was behind the 2014 acclaimed thriller Nightcrawler, is prepping to produce the Boston Marathon bombing movie Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Schut created the short-lived 2005 CBS series Threshold that starred Carla Gugino and penned Season of the Witch, the supernatural action movie starring Nicolas Cage. His screenplay for the period horror pic The Last Voyage of the Demeter is in development.
Schut is repped by Verve, Realm Entertainment and Eclipse Law.
Keira Knightley In Talks To Star In ‘Colette’ Biopic
Feb 1 2016
Colette will be directed by Still Alice‘s Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote the script with his late Still Alice collaborator Richard Glatzer. The film will re-unite the producing team behind Carol, Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Bold Films will finance and coproduce the title, marking the company’s first foray into the U.K. Filming will commence in May in Budapest. HanWay Films will handle worldwide sales. Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (Carol, Still Alice) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) will produce for Number 9 Films. Bold Films’ chairman Michel Litvak will produce for Bold Films. CEO for Bold Films Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.
Born in 1873 during the Belle Epoque, Colette lived through both World Wars, including the Nazi occupation of Paris; her Jewish husband Maurice Goudeket was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941. Though he was later released thanks to the intervention of the French wife of the German Ambassador, the incident left Colette in constant anxiety the Nazis might return to her door. Her most famous work Gigiwas published in 1944, about a teenage girl groomed to be a courtesan who defies tradition and marries her wealthy lover instead. The book was first turned into a 1949 French film; Vincente Minnelli’s Oscar-sweeping version a decade later starred Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold and Louis Jourdan.
In later years, Colette became celebrated as a major French literary figure, with Truman Capote writing a short story, The White Rose, about her in 1970. The character is a juicy leading role for Knightley, who costarred most recently in Working Title’s Everest and opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. She is repped by United Agents and CAA.
Number 9 Films are having a banner period with the much-lauded Carol andYouth in 2015 , as well as both Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour and a Half currently in post.
Reese Witherspoon, Bold Films Team on Barbie Creator Movie
Nov 5 2015
The Hollywood Reporter
Bold Films and Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard are planning a movie about the creator of the iconic Barbie doll.
The companies have optioned Robin Gerber’sBarbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her for a film adaptation. The book, first published in 2010, follows Ruth Handler, who was inspired to create the now-famous Barbie doll after seeing her daughter, Barbara, playing with paper dolls modeled after infants. The original Barbie premiered at the American International Toy Fair in 1959.
The project also is a potential starring vehicle for Witherspoon, who was most recently seen inWild, Inherent Vice and Hot Pursuit.
Bold Films’ chairman Michel Litvak will produce for Bold Films while Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce the film under their Pacific Standard banner. Bold Films’ CEO Gary Michael Walters and Jon Oakes will executive produce alongside Gerber and Grace Ledding. Oakes will oversee the film for Bold Films and Papandrea will oversee for Pacific Standard.
“Ruth Handler’s inspiring true story reveals the triumphs and struggles of the genius businesswoman behind the creation of Barbie, the most iconic doll in the world,” said Litvak.
Bold Films’ Karen Barna, senior vp business and legal affairs, handled the negotiations for Bold Films. Gretchen Rush and Barry Littman of Hansen, Jacobson handled negotiations on behalf of Witherspoon and Steve Hutensky handled negotiations on behalf of Papandrea.
David Gordon Green came on board last year to direct and Gyllenhaal signed on to star as bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the 2013 attack. John Pollono wrote the script for the project, based on the book by Bauman and Bret Witter about the attack and its aftermath.
“Stronger” had originally been set up at Lionsgate, which will remain the distributor.
Under the deal with Bold Films, Gyllenhaal has also become a producer on the film along with Bold’s Michael Litvack, Scott Silver and original producers Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville Films. Executive producers are Riva Marker, Peter McGuigan, Anthony Mattero and Gary Michael Walters.
Bold previously teamed with Gyllenhaal on 2014’s “Nightcrawler.”
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the marathon when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. When Bauman awoke the next day after surgeries and realized he could not speak, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.”
That set off a massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the murders in April. The book, published in 2014, also describes Bauman’s attempts to walk again and face his new circumstances with grace, transforming from an aimless deli counter worker to a man driven with ambition and full of love.
Additionally, veteran producer and executive Nicky Weinstock has joined Red Hour, which will be relocating its offices to Bold Films’ spaces in Los Angeles and New York. Bold Films will provide the overhead, as well as development and production financing on independent projects.
Red Hour, which has completed its longstanding first-look deal at Fox, has produced mostly comedies, including “Zoolander” and its upcoming sequel; “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”; “Blades of Glory”; “Tropic Thunder”; and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Bold Films, founded a decade ago by Michael Litvack and headed by Gary Michael Walters, produced “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler” and “Drive.”
Amazon Studios Snaps Up Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Neon Demon’
Nov 7 2015
In one of the most significant deals scored at the American Film Market, Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s anticipated “The Neon Demon” and will release it theatrically Stateside next summer.
“The Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. The edgy pic is being jointly handled by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who previously teamed on Refn’s last film “Only God Forgives,” which competed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed and are co-handling international sales on “The Neon Demon.” Manuel Chiche’s The Jokers will distribute the film in France association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will produce with Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King, who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will exec produce with Participant topper Jeff Skoll.
“Shot Caller” follows a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang in Southern California.
Waugh, who broke into the business as a stuntman, wrote and directed “Snitch” and “Felon.” He went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research prison gangs for his “Shot Caller” script.
“No one knew I was a filmmaker,” said Waugh. “They just saw me as a rookie cop, so nothing was censored. What I quickly learned is the guards might control the doors and gates, but the gangs run the prisons… and they run the streets as well, directly from prison. ‘Shot Caller’ is an authentic look at our prison gangs and the law enforcement professionals who guard them inside prison walls.”
Bold Films produced “Nightcrawler” and produced and financed “Whiplash.” It’s also in production on the second season of the Syfy series “Dominion.”
Relativity Plunks Down $3M To Pick Up Bold Films’ ‘Shot Caller’ With ‘Games Of Thrones’ Actor In Lead
Apr 28 2015
In what can be seen as the first big deal prior to the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, Relativity Studios is in final negotiations to pick up Bold Film’s next film, Shot Caller and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jamie Lannister in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, has just been cast in the lead of the film. The film was picked up for around $3M with a wide release commitment. Shot Caller tells the story of a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
The project is being directed by its screenwriter Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch) who went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research his film. Interestingly, what he learned behind razor wire is that the gangs run the prisons and the street from the inside. The film will start production on May 26 in New Mexico. The film will be sold internationally by Sierra/Affinity who will be selling the film at Cannes.
Bold Films was the production company behind both the critically acclaimed Nightcrawler which was distributed through Open Road Films and the drama Whiplash (along with prod. co. Blumhouse), distributed last year by Sony Pictures Classics. The latter won three Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for its star J.K. Simmons.
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will serve as producers on the project along with Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters, who is executive producing the film with Participant’s Jeff Skoll. The film will be overseen by Bold’s Lisa Zambri.
Coster-Waldau recently starred in Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and also stars in the upcoming Summit Entertainment’s pic Gods of Egypt, set for a February 2016 release. He is represented by Impression Entertainment and WME, the latter of which packaged the film via its WME Global.
Watch Owen Wilson Run for His Life in the No Escape Trailer
Apr 28 2015
The movie tells the story of an American businessman trying to escape a coup with his family
It’s clear from the trailer that Owen Wilson’s next movie is no Wes Anderson film. No Escape tells the story of an American businessman who has moved his family to Southeast Asia, but must try to get them all out alive after a violent coup erupts. Lake Bell plays his wife, while Pierce Brosnan plays a government operative who tries to help.
Ryan Gosling rounds ‘Lost River,’ heads to South by Southwest
Apr 28 2015
It should have come as little surprise that one of Hollywood’s most idiosyncratic actors would make a purposefully, powerfully odd movie for his debut as filmmaker. When Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River” first screened as part of the Cannes Film Festival nearly a year ago, however, it received a punishingly harsh and dismissive reception. It hasn’t been seen publicly since.
Now the Oscar-nominated actor is hoping that his first effort as writer and director finally will find an audience with its U.S. premiere Saturday night at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
BOLD GETS BOLDER: OPENING UK BRANCH AND EXPANDING SENIOR CREATIVE TEAM
Apr 28 2015
LOS ANGELES, CA – Fresh off Bold Films’ critical and commercial successes with WHIPLASH and NIGHTCRAWLER, CEO Gary Michael Walters announced today the opening of the company’s London office and the appointment of its UK executives Svetlana Metkina, Managing Director and Dominic Buchanan, Vice President, Production & Development.
Bold Films also expands its senior creative team in Los Angeles with the hiring of Lisa Zambri, Senior Vice President, Production and Development and Jon Oakes, Senior Vice President, Production and Development.
“We are tremendously excited to open our offices in London,” said Walters. “A consistent presence in the UK and Europe will allow us to access a whole new group of exciting talent in the UK and Europe and help establish key strategic relationships with the major European distributors in film and television. Svetlana and Dominic’s passion, aggressiveness and talent will be crucial to expanding Bold Films’ slate to hit our 4-6 films per annum target.”
Matthew Rhodes, President, Motion Pictures added “Lisa and Jon both have impeccable taste and relationships. They will blanket the town to uncover the best projects, and work hand in hand with our directors, producers and writers throughout the development and production process to shape each film into its best version.”
Svetlana Metkina has been consulting creatively on Bold Films’ slate for several years. Dominic Buchanan was most recently Head of Film & Original Content of Stink Films and producer of LILTING, starring Ben Whishaw. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. Lisa Zambri was President of Vinson Films where she was the Executive Producer on the upcoming ELOISE. Before that, she ran New Line Cinema-based Contrafilm which produced films including THE JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, RED DAWN and CHOKE. Jon Oakes rejoins Bold Films from Mad Chance where he was a VP. Previously, at Bold Films he was Co-Producer on DRIVE, brought in NIGHTCRAWLER, and oversaw the adaptation of LEGION into the television series “Dominion.”
About Bold Films
Bold Films is an independent production and film finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for filmmakers. Bold Films’ mission is to produce talent-driven, studio-quality films, which have worldwide commercial appeal.
In 2014, Bold Films produced NIGHTCRAWLER, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, which was released by Open Road. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. NIGHTCRAWLER premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and has been heralded with nominations from The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Award, PGA Awards, SAG Awards and WGA awards. Bold Films also produced and financed WHIPLASH, from emerging writer-director Damien Chazelle starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (Golden Globe winner). The film has been nominated for Five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Other nominations include The Independent Spirit Awards, PGA Awards, SAG Awards, and WGA Awards.
Bold Films’ upcoming releases for 2015 include THE COUP, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell which will be released by The Weinstein Company. The action thriller was written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle. Additionally, Warner Bros. will release LOST RIVER, Bold Film’s third collaboration with Ryan Gosling, which marks his debut as a writer and director. The film stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes.
In television, Bold Films is about to begin production on the 2nd season of the hit series “Dominion” which airs on SyFy.
UPDATED: The current creative revamp at Syfy kicked off at the end of last yearwith a series pickup to drama Dominion. Now that series has been renewed for a second season with a 13-episode order. Writer/executive producer Vaun Wilmott, who developed the drama based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion, will be back as showrunner.
Also renewed by Syfy is Dominion’s companion, Defiance, which has been picked up for a 13-episode third season, with Kevin Murphy back as executive producer/showrunner.
Dominion launched in June to 2 million total viewers and 805K adults 18-49. It was paired with the second season premiere of Defiance, which also drew 2 million total viewers and 776K Adults 18-49. Dominion will be followed by a slew of other new series and miniseries greenlighted by Syfy’s new regime, including Ascension, The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Killjoys, and Childhood’s End. Syfy also recently greenlighted the pilot The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman’s book trilogy.
Dominion, from Universal Cable Prods. and Bond Films, is set in the year 25 A.E. In this transformed post-apocalyptic future, an army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind. The archangel Michael, turning against his own kind, has chosen to side with humanity against Gabriel.
Dominion stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom , Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale), Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale.
Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for ‘Whiplash.’ It’s electrifying.
Oct 9 2014
If I tell you that this diabolically entertaining spellbinder is about a student (Miles Teller) trying to master the arcane art of jazz drumming at an elite music conservatory, you might get all bored and pissy and pass on it. That would be stupid. Whiplash is no Dead Drummers Society. Written and directed by the gifted Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), from his own experience of getting schooled on the sticks, Whiplash is a battle to the death. It’s also a provocation: How much of what makes you human will you sacrifice for a desire to truly excel?
Vanessa Redgrave to Star in ABC Limited Series ‘The Black Box’
Sep 24 2014
The Hollywood Reporter
Vanessa Redgrave is headed to ABC.
Following lengthy negotiations, the Academy Award winner (Julia) has been tapped to headline the network’s limited series TheBlack Box, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series revolves around Elizabeth Black (Sherlock Holmes’ Kelly Reilly), a famed neuroscientist who seems to have it all but struggles with mental illness — one of many secrets she keeps from her fiancé and her family.
Redgrave, who is a six-time Oscar nominee, will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth’s psychiatrist. The doc is the only one who knows all of Elizabeth’s secrets.
For Redgrave, the part comes after her starring role in PBS’ Call the Midwife, her guest turn in USA Network’s Political Animals, and recurring work on FX’s Nip/Tuck. On the big screen, Redgrave’s most recent credits include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Letters to Juliet and voice work in Cars 2. She’s repped by CAA and Gavin Barker Associates in the U.K.
Miles Teller stars as an aspiring musician in director Damien Chazelle’s festival-opening drama.
Jan 17 2014
The Hollywood Reporter
The impulse and need to give all for your art is both idealized and questioned in Whiplash, the potent and obviously very personal second film from writer-director Damien Chazelle. As controlled and composed as his black-and-white 2009 debut Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench was free-form and impressionistic, this one also is also centered on jazz music, but specifically on the struggle to maximize one’s artistic potential and the question of whether it’s worth it. With Miles Teller once again impressing as a young man going through the wringer, the drama, which began life as a three-sequence film that won the U.S. short film jury prize at Sundance 2013, is very narrowly focused, but both confirms Chazelle as a notable talent and stands to make a modest impression commercially in specialized release.
Anyone who’s ever had a high school or college teacher make it a point to manipulate or mess with students’ lives will no doubt have relatable, and possibly painful, memories revived by this vivid portrait of a music school at which the program, run by its star instructor, closely resembles the boot camp presided over by R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket.
MIPCOM: ABC’s ‘Black Box’ Sells for Germany, Scandinavia
Oct 10 2013
The Hollywood Reporter
Germany’s Tele-Munchen Group (TMG) and Modern Times Group (MTG) in Scandinavia are the first two European majors to get into The Black Box, the medical procedural starring Sherlock Holmes actress Kelly Reillyand Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave, which will go out on ABC in the U.S..
TMG has taken rights across German-speaking Europe for the show, the first small-screen venture from feature production company Bold Films (Legion, Only God Forgives), with MTG taking the show for the entire Scandinavian market. Both TMG and MTG were Bold Films’ first international partners on the project.
Sierra/Engine Television has picked up international sales rights for the rest of the world on the proejct will launch the series to buyers at international TV confab MIPCOM in Cannes next week.
With its varied cast of characters, myriad set pieces, and Los Angeles locale, “Bobby” hints at the works of Robert Altman.
Only there’s not much of the trenchant humor of that idiosyncratically gifted director – who died Monday – at this movie’s bruised core. Nor does it have the narrative gumption of grief-stricken films like “Babel” – or even “Crash,” with which it is likely to be compared.
Instead, writer-director Emilio Estevez’s sincere and telling film about the hours before Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel is less taxing, but more fundamentally American. It has the unmistakable feel of one of Irwin Allen’s 1970s disaster pics. While this may sound like a slam, it isn’t.
There’s something beautiful and evocative of a generation in 44-year- old Estevez utilizing some of cinema’s kitschier tools to revisit a truly epic disaster.
Characters in ‘Bobby’ have little in common; combined they make one of year’s best films
Nov 23 2006
“Bobby” follows the lives of a handful of people who have nothing in common, except that they’re staying in or working at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the day of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968. Why such a structurally scattered movie should hang together at all is a mystery. That it does more than that, that it works brilliantly, is a miracle, or at the very least the product of unquantifiable causes: a pervasive mood, a unified intensity of feeling, a filmmaker’s unspoken but undeniable understanding of the meaning of every moment.
Emilio Estevez wrote and directed the film, which is astonishing in itself. Talk about second acts in American life. With one film, Estevez has transformed himself from a middle-aged joke into a youthful auteur who has made something beautiful, something he can be proud of, one of the best films of 2006. Perhaps strong emotion guided him. Otherwise, it’s difficult to imagine how he could have known that a narrative so diffuse could come together into a powerful whole.
As Joey Lauren Adams’s film “Come Early Morning” opens, it appears that Lucy (Ashely Judd) is on track to live, love, work, and die all within a few miles of the Arkansas town in which she was born. Well, maybe not love. A building contractor by day and an aging party girl by night, Lucy’s emotional life is loosely defined by an unending string of empty one-night stands, balanced with the chaste attentions of a series of father-figure stand-ins like her boss (Stacey Keach) and her uncle (Tim Blake Nelson), and a problematic relationship with her actual dad.
Lucy’s father, Lowell, played by Scott Wilson in a near repeat of his shambling, somnambulistic southern papa role in Phil Morrison’s recent “Junebug,” is so emotionally unavailable he will barely even answer the door when his daughter comes a knockin’. Daddy’s little girl can’t really be blamed for inheriting some of that remoteness. Lucy’s social life is a treadmill of road house pick-ups and longneck bottle-strewn motel room mornings after. She preserves her self-esteem by insisting on paying for the room and by keeping her work, her home, and her straight-laced roommate.
Ashley Judd and Joey Lauren Adams Talk About “Come Early Morning”
Jun 6 2006
Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) makes her feature film writing and directorial debut with Come Early Morning. Adams independent drama tells the story of Lucy Fowler, a small-town Southern woman (played by Ashley Judd) who wakes up most mornings with a hangover and next to a guy she doesnt want to be with. The film follows Lucys story as she learns to recognize the source of her behavior and deal with the issues in her life that have led her to jumping into bed without forming relationships.
Did you face a lot of opposition writing and directing this film from people who know you only as an actress? JOEY LAUREN ADAMS: Yeah. When we first sent the script out, I think there were people who definitely took meetings with me just to see if I really wrote it. I dont know. The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic, blonde actress with the funny voice. I just dont think they were expecting it, so it was anomaly. I guess rightfully so. No one was jumping up and saying, Yeah, let me give you money. I had never held a camera in my hand – a home video camera, nothing. I had not directed. I didnt have a short; I didnt go to film school. There werent a lot of people jumping up and down to back me.