DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION
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original screenplay written by Annie Nocenti
Set in New Orleans, Escalate is the story of a young woman, Racine Walker, who works at a hip urban animation studio. She is creative and successful in a world of innovative super-heroes and over-the-top violence.
At ease with the currency of casual carnage, Racine is unexpectedly confronted with the real thing. What at first appears to be an intimate argument between a serviceman and his companion escalates into an intensely violent confrontation. Racine intervenes, instinctively attempting to protect the woman. Her compassion backfires in the worst possible way, however, when the serviceman turns his rage fully on her.
Stunned, then angry, Racine attempts to track down her assailant, all the while wrestling with her fragmented and shifting recollections of the incident. But, what could easily be a conventional revenge story becomes instead a visually striking and inventive personal journey, fueled both by Racine’s imagination and her uncertainty.
Reminiscent of Rashômon in its shifting points of view, Escalate charts one woman's journey as she questions her beliefs and struggles with her fears.
Escalate offers a densely layered role for a leading actress in her twenties. Hollywood, ever-reluctant to risk a leading role on relatively untested talent, prefers to offer the same roles to the same faces. But today, the Oscar more often than not goes to the daring indie unknown -- Hillary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry.
Visually complex, sexy and surprisingly funny, Escalate will deliver a drama with a gut-punch to a sophisticated young audience. With a central role sure to garner tremendous attention for its leading actress and a script perfectly suited to an economical film shoot, Escalate is well positioned to inject new energy into the indie film world.
Annie Nocenti, the Escalate screenwriter, recently completed a documentary about Baluchistan's nascent struggle for independence. The Brooklyn Rail has published an article she wrote about her experiences there: LETTER FROM BALUCHISTAN A Call to Resistance: The Khan of Kalat Gathers the Tribes. Annie's credit's include the soon-to-be-released Patriotville. (12/06)
original screenplay written by Jon Glascoe
History: Fifteen years ago, a Scottish college student broke through a damp, crumbling closet wall in her dorm room and opened a portal to a huge underground maze of tunnels and vaulted chambers, thereafter called the Lost City of Edinburgh.
These massive caverns were built in the Middle Ages, under the heart of Europe’s most crowded city. They became a refuge for the poor and dispossessed, forced underground to escape the certain torture that awaited them at the hands of the Church above. Murderers and body snatchers roamed freely, “harvesting” product, in the lucrative practice of selling fresh corpses to medical colleges for study and dissection.
At the height of the Inquisition, furious at even the most pathetic dissent, city officials finally set fire to the entire network of catacombs and sealed the exits, praying righteously as thousands of souls were roasted alive.
Fact: The walls of the Lost City still seep a carbon-based protoplasm.
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Today: while their European classmates rush home for Spring Recess, a group of American foreign exchange students are left to their own devices inside the venerable halls of the University of Edinburgh Medical College. Ancient History and Young Americans: always a terrifying combination…
What begins as a great, lusty adventure into the tunnels quickly becomes a desperate, clawing fight for survival, as the innocent co-eds learn that the sadistic cruelty of the past is still alive and unwell. The spirits of the catacombs are merciless, and the lesson is written in blood:
When these walls run, so should you!TM
Ooze combines the thrilling horror of immensely popular franchises like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, with the supernatural suspense of international screamers like The Others and The Ring. Like those hits, our film will draw on a cast of likeable, recognizable television faces to appeal to the young adult audience.
Time and Place
original screenplay written by Tim Bohn
Summer Games is a comedic coming-of-age story set in the cut-throat world of Hamptons Real Estate. As any good summer story must, it includes a charming and sexy romance.
Danny O’Brien, 22, dedicates one last summer to his family’s failing real estate agency, and to his father Joe’s seemingly obsolete values: poetry, integrity, and community. The O’Briens are challenged - endangered - by heartless capitalist modernism, as practiced by the liars and cheaters at Pavlovian Properties, realtors to the Ultra-Wealthy and Über-Fabulous. Danny complicates the game by falling in love with Clare, a beautiful and suspiciously sophisticated Pavlovian summer intern.
All is framed by the mad swirl of “summer people” who party, sleep around and generally amuse themselves (and us) as they indulge in “The Season.” And everyone chases the grand prize: the open auction, on Labor Day, of The Point - the last great parcel of virgin land on the East Coast.
Do the rich really get to play by different rules than the rest of us? Will Danny go to the dark side to get the big sale and save his father? And will Clare help him, or break his heart? A hint: Summer Games celebrates summer love and the enduring tradition of the triumphant underdog.
Summer Games will star up-and-coming young actors, with strong supporting roles for veteran character actors. Most of its scenes are economical exteriors in beautiful East Hampton and the rest are set on location in the same town.
The engaging characters and poignant relationships will appeal to moviegoers of all ages. Elements of broad comedy, class satire, and the youth and beauty of its stars all pander wonderfully to the 13-to-25 year old demographic who spend the most on movies and generate repeat business. Summer Games is a classic genre comedy, happily commercial in its themes and structure. It is timeless and elemental, poised to join the list of enduring comedy favorites.
New York State has recently enacted significant financial incentives to filmmakers, including the Film Production Tax Credit (for details see www.nylovesfilm.com/tax.asp) and increased local government and union cooperation (see www.nylovesfilm.com).
Duo get 'Premonition'
By CATHY DUNKLEY
Shingle acquired pic out of its discretionary fund under its exclusive four-year producing deal with indie producer-financier-distributor Alliance Atlantis.
Herskovitz and Zwick will produce pic with Alliance Atlantis; it is a potential directing vehicle for Herskovitz.
Pic is described as a psychological drama in a somewhat similar vein to "The Sixth Sense" about an acutely agoraphobic man who finds he can see into the future.
Glascoe is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Adrian Loudermilk.
Zwick and Herskovitz most recently produced the upcoming Tom Cruise starrer "The Last Samurai" with Radar Pictures and Cruise-Wagner which Zwick also directed for Warner Bros.
Bedford Falls into place at Warners By CATHY DUNKLEY
By CATHY DUNKLEY
After teaming with Warner Bros. on Tom Cruise starrer "The Last Samurai," Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's Bedford Falls shingle has inked a two-year first-look production deal with the studio. Bedford Falls, which produced the Zwick-helmed film with Radar Pictures and Cruise/Wagner, will remain in its Santa Monica offices rather than relocating to studio-based offices in Burbank.
Shingle previously had a four-year first-look production deal with Canadian
indie producer-financier-distributor Alliance Atlantis, which recently ended.
Before that it was housed at Fox 2000 under a producing deal.
"Samurai" marked Bedford Falls' first pic teamed with
WB, though Herskovitz's "Dangerous Beauty" was
distribbed by the studio when Regency had its production deal at
Though no projects have yet been identified under the deal,
Bedford Falls is developing the psychological thriller
"Premonition," penned by Jon Glascoe, which Herskovitz
"Samurai" marked Bedford Falls' first pic teamed with WB, though Herskovitz's "Dangerous Beauty" was distribbed by the studio when Regency had its production deal at the studio.
Though no projects have yet been identified under the deal, Bedford Falls is developing the psychological thriller "Premonition," penned by Jon Glascoe, which Herskovitz may helm.
An original dramatic screenplay by Jon Glascoe, now completed, revised and in active development.