Independent Production Roundup

KYLE HARRIS of Liberty Movies shoots the first third of his experimental narrative feature “The Patriarchs” Aug. 7-25. The first section follows a romance between an older gay activist and a young anarchist punk. “I’m interested in the intergenerational conflicts and desires between the previous, ‘ACT UP generation’ that’s lived through AIDS, and the younger queer generation working on anti-capitalist struggles,” said Harris, who teaches film and video at Columbia College and through the After School Matters program.

Harris plans to screen footage from the first section at a multimedia fundraiser, then shoot the second section, loosely based on Plato’s Symposium, in winter, and the third section, documenting a series of “aestheticized political actions” in the spring. Harris is financing the shoestring budget for the first section out- of-pocket; he aims to raise $100,000 to complete the film, intended for a small theatrical release. Production designer is Justin Lieb. Music by Telecine and Chris Bravo.

In spring 2005 Harris plans to launch “Excess and Anarchy,” his second tour of his short films, at micro cinemas, galleries and universities on the East Coast and in Europe. Reach Harris at libertymovies@yahoo.com.

“Bullet” writer/director Kimberly Holt

KIMBERLY HOLT plans a late fall shoot for her Chinatown-set multicultural action drama debut feature “Bullet.” Holt is raising the $250,000 budget through her Runaway Productions. She said she has obtained commitments for $50,000 in in-kind resources thus far. Holt’s script was inspired by Ginuwine’s R&B hit “Superhuman.” She obtained the festival rights to that song from publisher Realsongs, with the option to negotiate for commercial distribution rights, along with the rights to Beyonce’s “Crazy Love.”

Holt’s shorts have screened at the Black Women’s International Film Festival, Global Art Film Festival, Urban MediaMakers Film Festival, Reel Venus Film Festival, and Blackfilm.com’s Salute to Women Directors at the Museum of Contemporary Art. “Bullet” stars Scott Hess and Katharine Chu. DP is Daniel Tkaczyk. Composer is Daniel May. Reach Holt at RunAway_110@hotmail.com.

LIONS GATE has delayed the video release of Parris Reaves’ horror pic “The Evil One” until February.

DAN HALPERIN of Epiphany Pictures will be in town for the Aug. 2 Indiefest premiere of their feature “Road Kings” (formerly “Road Dogs”) a “black ‘Easy Rider'” by writer/director Detdritch McClure due out from Lions Gate. A Chicago native based in Los Angeles, Halperin plans a Spring 2005 local shoot for his feature directorial debut “Sweet Home Chicago” based on the Stuart Dybek story “Blight.” The “Sweet Home” screenplay is a selection of the Indiefest Market Aug. 7-8. Contact local producer Carey Lundin at 773/ 991-5655 or see www.epiphanypictures.com.

REBECCA SUTERA, a veteran Civil War re- enactor, shoots her debut feature “Prairie Rose” this September and October in the west suburbs through her Prairie Star Productions. Executive producer is James Tulloch. “Prairie Star” tells the story of a Confederate bride out to rescue her husband from a Union POW camp in Chicago. Call 630/736-8846 or see www.prairiestarproductions.com.

SAMANTHA SANDERS of Green River Films, who produced Marisol Torres’ feature “Boricua,” is producing “Wonton,” a 15-minute film by Columbia College professor Wenhwa Tsao. Shooting Sept. 11- 17, Wonton follows two employees escaping an immigration raid on a Chinese restaurant. Green River is at 602 W. Surf #4. Reach Sanders at samantha.sanders@sbcglobal.net.

BILL SIEGEL, the local co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Weather Underground,” about the anti-Vietnam War revolutionary group, will attend a special voter registration screening of the film Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State. Proceeds benefit Citizen Actions/Illinois. See www.upstatefilms.org/weather.

? by Ed M. Koziarski, edk@homesickblues.com

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