The intermittently entertaining movie, about attempts to put together a movie deal which get more and more convoluted, is reminiscent of "Entourage" and "The Player" in the way it blends the real with the contrived. It doesn't offer any new insights, and there was at least one twist I did not buy, but it has a lot of energy.
SCREENING DETAILS MAKING OF PLUS ONE:
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cedar Lee Theatre
2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Tickets: $9.00 Early Bird. Includes Virtual Gift Bag when
purchased online at http://store.nehst.com/mp1scrfeb0311.html)
Official word: NEHST OUT announces a one-night only premiere screening of The Making of Plus One (with Cate, Kate, and George, the story of a Hollywood Nobody) in Cleveland on February 3rd at the Cedar Lee Theatre. This comedic romp shares a look at the behind-the-scenes deal making (and losing) for one group of hopeful and conniving filmmakers and is set at the fabulous Cannes Film Festival. Packed with great talent and lots of fun cameos, this will appeal to lovers of indie films, witty satire, and anyone with filmmaking aspirations - as well as to the fans of the film’s plethora of talent.
The Making of Plus One film follows hopeful director Skye Brown (Suzan Lori Parks) and scheming producer Dave Dallas (Michael Eklund) as they skip through a variety of meetings at the Cannes Film Festival trying to finance their picture. Each meeting brings a new promise of epic proportions from the filmmakers, which adds to the intricate web of lies they have spun. The end result is a complicated mess and a hilarious snafu that is all too common in Hollywood – yet end with unexpected results.
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Once again, Director Mary McGuckian adopts her signature collaborative approach to script development; working closely with the cast to develop characters in rehearsal who then improvise the dialogue on set in scenes guided by only a narrative scene scape. The results are self-evident. Compelling performances distilling a total knowledge of character encouraged by the focus and spontaneity the improvisation process demands. The film was shot on digital film, delivering a documentary look and feel.
The cast playing the crew, held meetings with the film’s actual financiers and executives, who as ‘themselves’ give compellingly credible performances as bankers, bonders, financiers, distributors, sales agents and industry press members.
In addition to reuniting with production partners Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda, It's a Boy-Girl Thing, Closing The Ring) and Jeff Abberley (Atonement, The Constant Gardener, In Bruges), and many of her accomplished usual crew, McGuckian has once again attracted some of the world’s most acclaimed acting talent to join the ensemble, including: Suzan Lori Parks (Girl 6, The Great Debaters), Michael Eklund (The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Inconceivable, 88 Minutes, Walk All Over Me), Geraldine Chaplin (Dr. Zhivago, Chaplin, Jane Eyre, Inconceivable), Jordi Molla (Inconceivable, Che, Blow, Bad Boys II), Academy Award ® nominee Jennifer Tilly (Inconceivable, Intervention, Bullets Over Broadway, Liar Liar), Donna D’Errico (Inconceivable, Intervention, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Baywatch), Sara Stockbridge (Rag Tale, Intervention, Inconceivable, Bridget Jones' Diary), John Sessions (The Good Shepherd, Gangs of New York, Rag Tale, Intervention, Inconceivable), Amanda Plummer (Inconceivable, Pulp Fiction, The Fisher King, Nostrodamus) and Lothaire Bluteau (Inconceivable, 24 (TV), Orlando, Walk All Over Me).