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MAGNOLIA PICTURES and NORTHERN LIGHTS FILMS

in association with

QUEEN NEFERTARI PRODUCTIONS, TF1 INTERNATIONAL, ATLANTIC PICTURES and LAUNDRY FILMS

Present

A MAGNOLIA PICTURES RELEASE
THE BRASS TEAPOT

A film by Ramaa Mosley

101 minutes


Official Selection:

2012 Toronto Film Festival




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SYNOPSIS

John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes…THE BRASS TEAPOT is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.


THE BRASS TEAPOT stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano as Alice and John. The film also stars Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat and Bobby Moynihan. THE BRASS TEAPOT marks the feature directorial debut from Ramaa Mosley, who is an award-winning commercial and music video director for such renowned clients as Adidas, ESPN and the B-52’s. The film is based on a story by Mosley and Tim Macy, and is written by Macy.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT – RAMAA MOSLEY

As a child, I was transfixed by stories about magical objects and supernatural events.  I was homeschooled so I had plenty of time to sit in the local library, pouring over books about topics from the Holy Grail to black holes.   I would even stay up late, reading encyclopedias by flashlight.   I have always loved mythology and its place throughout history.  Not just in books, but I also was fascinated by movies in which the most unlikely, average, individual discovered that they were destined for something great.  I was captivated by the idea that a normal person, could stumble upon a thing or a place and transform into a hero. Those moments inside the library and movie theatre were a profound inspiration and why I fell in love with the story of THE BRASS TEAPOT.


At its core, THE BRASS TEAPOT is a fable about temptation and how people can be tempted by greed.   I see this movie as a timely and relevant reflection of an entire generation, while also being a wildly entertaining escape from reality.  Every person has been affected by the financial meltdown.  Everyone’s complaining about the economy. The important question is where that leaves recent college graduates and middle class families.  Everywhere people are struggling to find jobs, pay credit card bills and survive.  People joke about finding an old plate at a garage sale that's worth a fortune.  Well, what if you found a teapot that could make you a fortune? We are now a society that wants a quick fix.  THE BRASS TEAPOT ultimately asks the viewer the wonderfully, devious question: How far would you go if you had a magical teapot that gave you money in exchange for pain?  Would you pull out a tooth for $30,000?  Would you rip off a nail for $15,000?  
The making of THE BRASS TEAPOT began when a substitute teacher in a third grade class told the story of a magic teapot to a roomful of bored children on a rainy day in March.  One of those children was Tim Macy.  When he grew up, Tim published a short story about a broke middle-aged couple that buy a teapot at a garage sale and come home to find that it has supernatural powers to make money.   Tim was invited to post his short story on one of the major online short story websites.  I discovered his Brass Teapot story after doing a Google search for “best short story” and brass teapot was at the top of the search. I was surprised to learn how popular it was – drawing in over thirty thousand hits per month.  As I researched the short and the readers, I quickly learned that the Brass Teapot story was a phenomenon.  Throngs of young people from around the world were reading the story online and then making their own short films, videos and YouTube clips based on it. I immediately knew there was a movie in the idea. 

My first instinct was to make the characters younger, rather than mid-fifties, so we changed Alice and John to their mid-twenties.  Based on the audience that was reading the story, I felt that if the characters were younger, viewers would identify and connect better with them.  Next we worked to create an elaborate mythology of how the teapot had been created and its previous owners over the past 2,000 years.   I decided that I wanted to create a comic book series based on the story and an addendum comic book that would tell the legend of the brass teapot.  From here we would base our screenplay.  Growing up, comic books were a huge inspiration for me and I felt that it was the perfect medium to excite fans of the short story, as well as inspire the screenplay development, writing and movie making process.  I collaborated with some of the most talented comic artists around the world, from Fiona Staples to Niklas Asker, to create the comic books.  Over fifteen artists contributed to the artwork.   I then created a website and Facebook page where readers could interact.  Sixteen and seventeen year olds immediately began sending in pictures of skateboarders hurling themselves off of jumps holding teapots.  College-age students sent photos of antique teapots with notes asking us if they had discovered the brass teapot.   A generation was discovering the story and finding their own obsession with discovering a magical object and becoming heroes. This is what my movie is about – the possibility that somewhere in a small mid-western town, there could be an average guy and girl who might stumble upon an unexpected treasure and that moment could forever change their life.


--- Ramaa Mosley

ABOUT THE CAST

JUNO TEMPLE (Alice)

In just a few years, Juno Temple has firmly established herself as one of the most versatile and talented young actresses in Hollywood. She was recently seen in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” opposite Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Anne Hathaway, released on July 20, 2012. She was also seen opposite Matthew McConaghey and Emile Hirsch in “Killer Joe,” based on the play by Tracy Letts and directed by William Friedkin. The film screened at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. “Killer Joe” was released on July 27, 2012. Temple has wrapped production on Disney’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie.


She was recently seen starring in Elgin James’ “Little Birds,” opposite Kay Panabaker, Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann. Millennium Entertainment released the film on September 14, 2012. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 along with “Kaboom,” Gregg Araki’s film about the sexual awakening of a group of college students, in which she also starred. Last year, Temple was also seen in “Jack and Diane.” The film tells the love story between two teenage girls, one of who occasionally turns in to a werewolf as a representation of all-consuming love and desire. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures, “Jack and Diane” also stars Riley Keough and Dane DeHaan and was released in October, 2012.
Temple will next appear in “The Brass Teapot” directed by Ramaa Mosley. “The Brass Teapot” is based on the comic book series of the same name about a mid-twenty year old couple that, in difficult economic times, finds a mysterious magical brass teapot, which makes them money, but at a surprising price. Juno stars alongside Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat, Michael Angarano and Ben Rappaport. She has also wrapped production on “Magic, Magic” opposite Michael Cera and Emily Browning and “Lovelace” opposite Amanda Seyfried.
In 2011, she starred in the Weinstein Company’s “Dirty Girl,” as a notorious high school tramp who journeys from Oklahoma to California to find her father. The same year Juno appeared in the independent drama, “Cracks,” directed by Jordan Scott. The film explores the dark side of female relationships at an elite, English boarding school. Temple plays “Di Radfield,” a student who becomes obsessed with her teacher, played by Eva Green. In 2010, Temple appeared in Focus Features’ relationship dramedy, “Greenberg,” directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Ben Stiller.
In 2007, she appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “Atonement,” opposite Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. Juno played “Lola Quincey,” who changes everyone’s lives when she is raped in the garden and “Briony” erroneously names “Robbie” as the rapist.
Temple’s breakthrough arrived when she won the role of Cate Blanchett’s daughter in the Academy Award-nominated film “Notes on a Scandal.” Temple played “Polly,” the rebellious daughter of Blanchett’s character “Sheba.”
Additional credits include “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Nobody,” “The Year One,” “1939,” “St. Trinian’s,” “Wild Child” and “Pandeamonium.”
Temple is the daughter of director Julien Temple and producer Amanda Temple. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

MICHAEL ANGARANO (John)

As one of the most gifted actors of his generation, Michael Angarano is making his mark on Hollywood with diverse roles that have established him as a respected and sought after young actor.

 

Angarano recently finished production on Dito Montiel’s “Empire State.”  Just before shooting “Empire State,” Angarano finished production on Craig Zisk’s “The English Teacher” which focuses on an English teacher (Julianne Moore) whose life is disrupted when a former student (Angarano) returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.



 

Next, Angarano will be seen in Ramaa Mosley's "The Brass Teapot." The film follows a married couple in their 20's, played by Angarano and Juno Temple, who are trying to break out of poverty when they find a mysterious teapot that will grant them unlimited money in exchange for someone else's suffering. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival.

 

Angarano most recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" opposite Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Ewan McGregor.  Angarano also recently appeared in Gavin Wiesen's "The Art of Getting By" opposite Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Fox Searchlight in June 2011. He also starred in Max Winkler's "Ceremony" opposite Uma Thurman. The film follows a young guy (Angarano) who tries to crash the wedding of a thirty-something woman (Thurman) with whom he's infatuated.



 

Previously, Angarano starred opposite Melissa Leo and John Goodman in “Red State.”  Before that, he starred in Jared Hess' "Gentlemen Broncos" opposite Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement, and in David Gordon Green's “Snow Angels” opposite Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. “Snow Angels” premiered in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.


 

His breakthrough performance came in Wes Craven's "Music of the Heart," opposite Meryl Streep, in 1999. Shortly after, he starred in Cameron Crowe's Academy Award® nominated film “Almost Famous” opposite Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel and Patrick Fugit. Angarano played the role of young “William” (Patrick Fugit's character) and shared many of his scenes with acclaimed actress Frances McDormand.



 

Angarano's other film credits include Rob Minkoff's "The Forbidden Kingdom" opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li; Catherine Hardwicke's “Lords of Dogtown” opposite Heath Ledger and Emile Hirsch; Mike Mitchell's “Sky High” opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston; Brad Gann's "Black Irish”; Alex Steyermark's “One Last Thing” opposite Cynthia Nixon; Thomas Vinterberg's “Dear Wendy”; Gary Ross' “Seabiscuit” opposite Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges; David Evans "The Final Season" opposite Sean Astin and Rachael Leigh Cook; and Michael Schroeder's "Man in the Chair" opposite Christopher Plummer.

 

On television, Angarano appeared in a four episode arc on FOX's hit drama “24” opposite Kiefer Sutherland. He also guest starred on NBC's Emmy® winning comedy “Will and Grace” as “Elliot,” the son of Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes). Angarano's other television credits include “E.R.,” “CSI,” "Less Than Perfect," "Summerland” and “Kevin Hill."



 

Angarano was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles.



ALEXIS BLEDEL (Payton)

Alexis Bledel is a versatile actress in both film and television. Next, Bledel stars opposite Saoirse Ronan in “Violet and Daisy.” The film centers on a pair of teenage assassins who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications, as the man they’re supposed to kill is not what they expected. 


Bledel recently starred as “Chrissie Myers” in the world-premiere production of playwright Matt Charman's “Regrets” for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Bledel plays a young local woman of questionable reputation in the play about men biding their time at a Nevada ranch while waiting for quick divorces in the 1950s. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Nora Ephron’s “Love Loss and What I Wore.”
Bledel made her television debut in the critically acclaimed series “Gilmore Girls.” For seven successful seasons, Bledel starred as “Rory Gilmore,” the teenage daughter in this dramedy about a close-knit relationship between a single mother and a savvy daughter. Bledel’s portrayal of Rory Gilmore earned her the 2005 and 2006 Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress in a Comedy and the 2002 Family Friendly Forum Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Named by the Television Critics Association as 2001’s “Outstanding New Program,” “Gilmore Girls” also starred Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop and Ed Herrmann.
Bledel starred as “Lena” in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.” The coming of age story also stars Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively and America Ferrera.
Bledel made her feature film debut in 2002 in Disney’s “Tuck Everlasting,” which is based on the acclaimed novel by Natalie Babbitt. She stars as “Winnie Foster,” a free-spirited teen trapped in a repressed Victorian household who meets up with the mysterious Tuck Family. “Tuck Everlasting” also stars Ben Kingsley, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek and Jonathan Jackson.  Bledel was also part of the ensemble cast of the Robert Rodriguez film “Sin City” with Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson and Brittany Murphy. 
She also appeared with James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn in director Robert Redford's period drama “The Conspirator.”
Bledel’s other films include “Post-Grad” for Fox Searchlight, “The Good Guy,” which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, “Bride and Prejudice,” an Indian musical version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”), and the independent films “Orphan King” and “I Am Reed Fish” opposite Jay Baruchel.
In 2009, Bledel guest starred as “Dr. Julia Wise” in the two-hour series finale of the NBC hit series “ER,” which drew over 16 million viewers. She also recently guest starred as “Beth Dawes” on AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Bledel began her acting career appearing in community theater in her hometown of Houston, Texas.  She also modeled in New York during her school breaks.  Before winning the role of “Rory Gilmore,” Bledel attended NYU Film School to study writing and directing.

ALIA SHAWKAT (Louise)

Success arrived early for Alia Shawkat and she continues to establish herself as a highly sought after young actress in both film and television. Shawkat was named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for 2009 and one of Hollywood Reporter’s 10 rising comedy talents. She is currently in production on the highly anticipated new episodes of the Emmy award winning “Arrested Development” for Netflix. The season will premiere in Spring 2013. Last October, Shawkat hits the big screen with two starring roles: the independent drama “The Oranges” and independent comedy “That’s What She Said.” Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney and Adam Brody also star in “The Oranges,” a film about a guy (Laurie) who falls in love with the daughter (Meester) of a family friend. In “That’s What She Said,” Shawkat stars opposite Anne Heche and Marcia Debonis as a young interloper who battles New York City and a day of disaster with two best friends. The film is directed by actress Carrie Preston.


In the last year, she has been busy filming a slew of much anticipated film projects: “The To-Do List,” opposite Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover and Andy Samberg; “The Brass Teapot” opposite Juno Temple and Michael Angarano; “The Moment,” with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Martin Henderson and “Ruby Sparks,” with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Fari.
Shawkat also starred in the Fox Searchlight Pictures comedy “Cedar Rapids” opposite Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, directed by Miguel Arteta (“Youth in Revolt”). The indie comedy is about a naive midwesterner insurance salesman (Helms) who travels to a big-city convention in an effort to save the jobs of his co-workers. Shawkat’s other film credits include: Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It,” a dramedy released by Fox Searchlight Pictures about a misfit teenager (Ellen Page) who discovers herself through joining a roller derby league; “Amreeka,” a film about a Palestinian family who relocates to Illinois, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was released by National Geographic Entertainment; “Bart Got a Room,” opposite William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines, in which Shawkat also served as a producer on the film; “The Runaways,” a coming-of-age biopic about '70s teenage band; the ensemble family comedy “Deck the Halls” with Matthew Broderick, Danny De Vito and Kristin Chenoweth; and her first film role playing a young Iraqi child in “Three Kings” opposite George Clooney.
In addition to a bustling film career, Shawkat has appeared in many projects on the small screen as well. Her career began at the young age of 11 when she landed a leading role on the ABC Family series “State of Grace.” However, she is best known for her role as “Maeby Funke” on Fox’s Emmy award winning “Arrested Development,” where she portrayed a rebellious and mischievous member of a dysfunctional Orange County family trying to adjust to their loss of wealth. She recently had a recurring role on USA Network’s “Starter Wife” with Debra Messing. Her additional television credits also include a starring role in the Lifetime original movie “Not Like Everyone Else” and guest starring roles on “Veronica Mars,” “JAG,” “Without a Trace,” “Boomtown” and “Presidio Med.”
Shawkat was born in Palm Springs, CA and currently lives in Los Angeles. Off screen, she is an emerging artist & painter (www.mutantalia.com) in talks to show her work in NY and LA galleries. She is also an aspiring animator for television and comic books. And additionally, she made her singing debut, singing jazz standards at Littlefield in New York.


BOBBY MOYNIHAN (Chuck)

Bobby Moynihan is returning to "SNL" for his fifth season. Moynihan plays the crowd favorite “Drunk Uncle” on Weekend Update as well as other original characters such as “Anthony Crispino,” a second-hand news anchor who misguidedly reports anything but the truth, and “Vinny Vedecci Jr.,” the son of Bill Hader’s Italian talk show host. His impressions include Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Guy Fieri, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich.

 

Moynihan’s other television credits include recent memorable guest spots on HBO’s “Girls” and ABC’s “Happy Endings.” On film he has a supporting role in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy “Grown-Ups 2,” along with “The Brass Teapot.” He will also lend his voice to Pixar’s “Monsters University” a prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” set for release in summer 2013. 


Moynihan has appeared in the movies “The Invention of Lying,” co-directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, “When in Rome,” with Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel and “Mystery Team,” an indie from Derrick Comedy which premiered at Sundance in 2009.
Moynihan is a fixture at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, where he continues to perform as a proud member of the popular UCB house improv team, The Stepfathers. He was a member of UCB Harold teams “The Shoves” and “Police Chief Rumble” and was a writer/performer for the UCB Touring Company.  He still performs regularly at the UCB’s signature weekly "Assssscat" show. In addition, Moynihan has performed alongside members of the popular sketchgroup Derrick Comedy and also appears with “SNL” alum Horatio Sanz as part of Sanz’s "Kings of Improv Tour."

Moynihan is a co-founder of the sketch group Buffoons with friends Charlie Sanders and Eugene Cordero.  The group’s antics, reminiscent of "The Three Stooges," were a hit at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2007. Moynihan hails from Eastchester, NY, and lives in New York City.

DEBRA MONK (Trudy)

Debra Monk has starred on Broadway in “Curtains” (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), “Chicago,” “Reckless,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Ah, Wilderness!,” “Steel Pier” (Tony nomination), “Company,” “Picnic” (Tony nomination), “Redwood Curtain” (Tony Award), “Nick and Nora,” “Pump Boys” and “Dinettes” (Co-Author, Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway, she has appeared in “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” “Show People,” “The Seagull,” “The Time of the Cuckoo” (Obie Award), “Death-Defying Acts,” “Three Hotels,” “Assassins” and “Oil City Symphony” (Co-author, Drama Desk Award). Her many film appearances include: “One For the Money,” “Ass Backwards,” “The Brass Teapot,” “The Other Woman,” “The Great Buck Howard,” “The Savages,” “The Producers,” “Center Stage,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “In & Out,” “Extreme Measures,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Jeffrey,” “Fearless,” “Reckless,” “Mrs. Winterbourne” and “Bed of Roses.” Guest appearances on television include: “Guide to Life: A Good Luck Charlie Movie,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “The Closer,” “Notes from the Underbelly,” "Desperate Housewives," “Law and Order” and “Frasier.” She starred in the TV movies “The Music Man,” “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime,” “Ellen Foster” and “Redwood Curtain” (reviving her Tony-winning performance). She was a member of the repertory cast of “A Nero Wolfe Mystery,” has appeared as George’s mother on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Ellen’s mother on “Damages,” Will Schuester’s mother on “Glee” and as Elizabeth Burke’s mother on “White Collar.” She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Katie Sipowicz on “NYPD Blue.”



BILLY MAGNUSSEN (Arnie)

Billy Magnussen’s feature film credits include starring roles in the feature films “Twelve,” directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts and Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson, “Happy Tears,” starring Demi Moore, Parker Posey and Rip Torn and most recently “Damsels in Distress,” directed by Whit Stillman and starring Greta Gerwig, released by Sony Pictures Classics.


He has also filmed starring roles in the features “The Brass Teapot,” with Juno Temple (which was featured at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival), and Fox Searchlight's “The East,” with Alexander Skarsgard.
His television credits include guest-starring roles on “In Plain Sight,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order CI,” “The Unusuals,” “NCIS LA,” “CSI” and “Boardwalk Empire.” He played the role of “Alex” on the short lived CW series “The Beautiful Life.” He starred along with Betty White in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “The Lost Valentine” on CBS. He is also known for playing the lovable but unpredictable “Casey Hughes” on the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”

Magnussen will be seen this fall on stage at Lincoln Center with Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce in Christopher Durang’s new comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” He made his Broadway debut in “The Ritz” starring Rosie Perez and made his Off Broadway debut in the play “Paper Dolls.” He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the rock band, Reserved for Rondee.



STEPHEN PARK (Dr. Ling)

Stephen Park just finished working on "Snow Piercer,” a futuristic, sci-fi thriller written and directed by BONG Joon-ho. Park is best known for his work in “Fargo,” “Do the Right Thing” and “In Living Color.” Other credits include “A Serious Man,” “State of Play,” “Rocket Science,” “Falling Down,” “Toys” and “Quick Change.”



ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

RAMAA MOSLEY (Director)

Ramaa Mosley made her first film at age sixteen, the documentary “We Can Make a Difference,” about global pollution’s effect on children. The doc was screened around the world and went on to win a United Nations’ Global 500 Award in Geneva, Switzerland. That same year, Mosley enrolled at Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied theater, literature and photography. Upon graduating, Mosley was hired by the Dutch government to direct a documentary on the Aymara Indians of Bolivia. Within months, Mosley had seven offers to sign as a director with the top commercial companies and soon was directing music videos for bands such as B-52s, Brendan Benson, Creed and Five for Fighting. Mosley has since been directing award winning national and international commercials for clients such as Adidas, Powerade, PGA, Pedigree, Walmart and ESPN.


Mosley won best director at the First Glance Film Festival for her short film “Grace.” In 2011 she won the Audience Choice Award at Dance Camera West for her film “In Dreams I Run Wild.” Mosley’s feature film-directing debut “The Brass Teapot,” starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, based on the comic book of the same title will be released by Magnolia Pictures on April 5, 2012.

TIM MACY (Writer)

Tim Macy received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. While in college he had three plays produced and one ten-minute play performed at The Kennedy Center. He has published fiction; two of his stories have been adapted into short films. Before he was writing full-time, he worked as a speechwriter for a Congresswoman. In 2010, Macy was a finalist in the Nicholl Screenwriting Competition. He is represented by The Gersh Agency.




DARREN GOLDBERG (Producer)

Darren Goldberg is a founding partner of Atlantic Pictures. Atlantic most recently produced “The Art of Getting By,” starring Emma Roberts, Freddie Highmore, Rita Wilson, Alicia Silverstone and Blair Underwood. “The Art of Getting By” debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Fox Searchlight for a summer 2011 release. 


Additional credits include: Brant Sersen’s “Splinterheads,” starring Rachael Taylor and Thomas Middleditch, Tom Obrien’s “Fairhaven,” starring Chris Messina, Sarah Paulson and Rich Sommer and Lex Sidon’s “Grand Street” starring Charlotte Riley and Tom Byam Shaw. Prior to starting Atlantic Pictures, Goldberg produced numerous independent films including “Manito” (Sundance 2002), “Cry Funny Happy” (Sundance 2003), “Room” (Sundance 2005, Cannes 2005), “Gardener of Eden” (Tribeca 2007) directed by Kevin Connolly and “The Cake Eaters” (Tribeca 2007) directed by Mary Stuart Masterson. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work on “Room.”



KIRK ROOS (Producer)

Kirk Roos is a founder of Northern Lights Films, and owns production company Badlands Features. Roos also produced “High Road,” directed by UCB’s Matt Walsh, with Ed Helms, Rob Riggle and Lizzy Caplan. Along with “The Brass Teapot” (directed by Ramaa Mosley, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano), his other producing credits include: “Balls to the Wall” (Christopher MacDonald, directed by Penelope Spheeris), and soon to be released, “Life of Riley,” He is in pre-production on “Dead River,” directed by Chris Eyre. Roos directing credits include: “American Hero” (PBS), which premiered at The Kennedy Center in D.C, as well as “After-Meth” and “Timber: Dead and Down.” Roos has been working in the biz for over 15 years. From acting in theatre and B-movies, to directing a wide variety of theatrical and video presentations, from marketing to film finance, and the occasional role of a guy in a dinosaur costume at the mall, Roos is not embarrassed to say he loves it all! Originally from Minot, ND, Roos lives in LA with his wife, Bryn, and daughter, Clarashea.



JAMES GRAVES (Producer)

James Graves is an independent film producer who has produced several independent feature films and short films including “Apartment 202” (Best Feature Santa Cruz Film Festival) and a docu-drama on motorcycle racing titled “2 Laps 2 Go.” Additionally, he works consistently as a producer of TV commercials and has worked for campaigns for Adidas, Budweiser, AT&T, ESPN, Ford, Toyota, Gatorade and Verizon and with talent such as Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, Antonio Banderas, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Peyton Manning and Yao Ming.



PETER SIMONITE (Cinematographer)

Peter Simonite has worked as a camera operator on such films as “Rushmore,” “Wonder Boys,” “Friday the 13th,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Whip It!” and “A Scanner Darkly.” His first feature as the principal cinematographer was “Skateland,” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Cinematography award. This was followed by “Fairhaven,” which was shot in the wintery landscape of Boston. Simonite recently had the honor of working for Terrence Malick on “The Tree of Life” where he shot second unit.


RYAN FOLSEY (Editor)

Born in Los Angeles, Ryan Folsey is the grandson of legendary Cinematographer George Folsey, Sr. (“Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”) and son of Producer/Editor George Folsey, Jr. (“Animal House,” “Blues Brothers” and “Trading Places”).


Growing up on set and in the editing room, Folsey had an early and extensive education in filmmaking. After graduating from college, Folsey jumped straight into the business as an assistant to Scott Rudin at Paramount Pictures followed up by a few years in Production Design, but quickly shifted back to where he had spent most of his formative years…in Editorial.
After many years as an assistant, Folsey got his first cutting job on Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever.” He soon followed that up with “Van Wilder,” “Club Dread” and “Resident Evil: Extinction.” He then went on to cut “Wild Hogs,” “Old Dogs” and “When in Rome” for the Walt Disney Co. and recently finished up work on “The Brass Teapot.” He is currently at work on “The Occult” and still lives in Los Angeles with his wife Erica Mireles Folsey and their daughter.

ELISABETH JONES (Production Designer)

Elizabeth Jones was born in Fairfax, Virginia where she developed her love for the arts at an early age. Jones studied at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, completing her BFA in film with an emphasis on art history.  Her recent feature production design work includes Whit Stillman's “Damsels in Distress” (TIFF 2011, Venice 2011) and Jaffe Zinn's “Magic Valley” (Tribeca 2011). Jones recently completed work on “A Birders Guide to Everything” directed by Rob Meyer and starring Sir Ben Kingsley.  Her commercial clients include Cartier, Citibank, Coca Cola and Converse.



CREDITS

Directed by RAMAA MOSLEY


Screenplay by TIM MACY
Story by RAMAA MOSLEY & TIM MACY
Produced by KIRK ROOS DARREN GOLDBERG JAMES GRAVES RAMAA MOSSLEY
Executive Producers DIANE NABATOFF P. JENNIFER DANA MANDY GRAY ERIK ROMMESMO JEFF SCHLOSSMAN ANTHONY GUDAS MICHAEL CORSO LANRE IDEWU CYNTHIA STAFFORD
Director of Photography PETER SIMONITE
Production Designer ELIZABETH JONES
Music by ANDREW HEWITT editor RYAN FOLSEY
Music Supervisor LINDA COHEN
Costume Designer MALGOSIA TURZANSKA
Casting by LAURA ROSENTHAL MARIBETH FOX JODY ANGSTEICH
CAST
Alice – JUNO TEMPLE
John – MICHAEL ANGARANO
Payton – ALEXIS BLEDEL
Arnie – BILLY MAGNUSSEN
Louise – ALIA SHAWKAT
Chuck – BOBBY MOYNIHAN
Dr. Ling – STEPHEN PARK
Trudy – DEBRA MONK

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