The next Hollywood film to be shot in Greece
"ROMERO, JULIETA AND THE GENERAL" SET TO LENS 2011
Los Angeles, California; September 3, 2010 - Nicholas T. Proferes' (Handsome Harry), winner of the LAGFF (Los Angeles Greek Film Festival) 2008 scriptwriting competition for ROMERO, JULIETA AND THE GENERAL has secured a development deal with Human Revolution Entertainment. Phedon Papamichael (Director Arcadia Lost, Cinematographer 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line, and the upcoming The Descendents) is on board to direct. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in the Spring of 2011 with the majority of filming to be shot on the island of Crete. Stratton Leopold (Mission: Impossible III, Wolfman) will executive produce along with Angeliki Giannakopoulos (Human Revolution Entertainment). Freddy Vianelli (Modiano) and Stamatis Athanasoulas (Top Cut) will co-produce.
"I am grateful to the LAGFF team for the opportunity - not only to have my script chosen by some of the film industry's most respected professionals, but to have it honored with a production," Nicholas Proferes stated.
Romero, Julieta and the General was selected from over 70 scripts that were submitted by Greek writers from around the world and reviewed by jury members that included Leopold, Kary Antholis (HBO, President of Miniseries), and Christina Lazaridi (Columbia Film School professor).
"I wanted to have my next film be a comedy and when I read Romero,Julieta and The General - it was such a refreshing and imaginative script rich with humor that would translate across all cultures - I said yes immediately" said Papamichael. "I also look forward to returning to shoot in Greece as my experience with filming Arcadia Lost there was such a positive one." Greece is becoming one of the best places to shoot in Europe right now, can't beat locations like that!"
"Our goal is to cast the majority of roles locally and of course crew," said Angeliki Giannakopoulos. "As for the key roles, we are in discussions with some of the top names in Hollywood."
"We are pleased to be associated with this Greek-American co-production and delighted to produce the film in Greece and be able to showcase the quality production and cast that the country has to offer. We are meeting with potential production partners in Greece and plan to announce those partners and cast within the next few months " added Freddy Vianellis.
Proferes' romantic comedy follows a young Greek-American filmmaker, Romero, who goes to Greece to settle a long-standing family dispute. In the process he discovers a manuscript that he just has to make into a film! He knows the film could win an Oscar one day ... IF his mother, his sister, his brother-in-law, his aunts, the village priest, the old General who wrote the manuscript, the General's beautiful granddaughter, Julieta, the village's Handsome Devil, the Shepherd, and even the town's plumber can just leave him alone...long enough to shoot it.
About Phedon Papamichael (Director)
Phedon Papamichael is respected by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. His stellar resume includes: Director of Photography, "WALK THE LINE," starring Reese Witherspoon; "SIDEWAYS," by Alexander Payne; soon to be released, THE DESCENDENTS," starring George Clooney; "W," by Oliver Stone; "3:10 TO YUMA," starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe; "PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS," starring Will Smith, and this summer's blockbuster, "DAY AND KNIGHT," starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
"I am very impressed with his work," said Oliver Stone (W). "He is a good, confident leader of men and a unifier on the set; a great man."
Director Alexander Payne (Sideways) once commented about his work. "Phedon is doing great work; he is an awesome guy and a beautiful artist."
About Nicholas T. Proferes (Writer)
His film, "HANDSOME HARRY", directed by Bette Gordon, opened the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, and it was awarded "Best Feature Screenplay" at the 2010 World Film Festival in Toronto.
Proferes has been teaching directing in the Columbia University Graduate Film Program for twenty-five years. His textbook, "Film Directing Fundamentals; See Your Film Before Shooting", now in its 3rd edition, has received praise from the director, Milos Forman, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, AMADEUS, RAGTIME, "Just bring your talent, add a touch of luck, and the rest you will find in this book," and from the producer/screenwriter, James Schamus, ICE STORM, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, "Nick Proferes doesn't tell you how to direct. Instead he does something much more valuable. He explains how directors actually think their way through the job."
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Human Revolution Entertainment
About Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide to promote and nurture Greek Cinema while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. The Festival also offers screenings of film masterworks, seminars on important contemporary film issues, and tributes to significant filmmakers and performers of Greek origin. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories. www.lagreekfilmfestival.org