I will never forget the night when, as a festival programmer, I first unleashed Calvin Lee Reeder’s short film The Rambler onto a paying audience. There was squirming in seats, nervous laughter, outright confusion, revulsion, shock and outbursts of spontaneous applause. It was perfect. Exactly what you want to do to a midnight audience. And I knew – or at least hoped an awful lot – that we’d be seeing more from Reeder in the coming years.
-Todd Brown, TwitchFilm
As we told you here, acclaimed indie short, The Rambler by Calvin Lee Reeder has achieved both raves and a strong fan following since its first film festival rounds back in 2008.
Now set to yield a full-length feature adaptation, The Rambler is currently in production right here in New Mexico.
Lindsay Pulsipher retains her starring role, as seen in the original “blood-soaked mini-classic”, pictured above right in Reeder’s, The Oregonian.
Universally adored actor Dermot Mulroney has been added to the cast, and has not been camera shy in the fledgling days of The Rambler shoot.
See Mulroney pictured above with homegrown actor, comedian, producer Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Warrior Woman, Duke City) and New Mexico producer/actor, film industry vet, Chris Ranney.
The production got underway in Roswell, NM over the weekend. A casting call for (volunteer) background extras was issued last week, details here.
Albuquerque, NM – Now in development, an original crime/drama television pilot, headed by Breaking Bad Star Steven Michael Quezada:
What happens when you play both sides of the fence?
Eddie “Duke” Montano is a longtime undercover drug agent. Desperate to escape his dangerous double life, he’s suddenly appointed leader of the Albuquerque street gang he’s infiltrated.
Now, Duke must walk the line between maintaining his gang cover, dealing with the threats of Mexican cartels, and holding off the suits from Washington, hellbent on cleaning up the type of renegade undercover work he’s been involved in.
Duke discovers a possible way out when he’s ordered to follow the money in a money-laundering operation. But whenever salvation appears near, Duke is sucked into yet another level of international intrigue that reveals the true forces behind the drug trade.
Description: Family members find themselves in conflict over the younger generation’s success as a family band – the same kinds of conflict that broke up their parents’ famous rock band 20 years before. The most painful thing, though, is that some of the mothers and some of their daughters are in a serious dispute that may threaten their relationships. Can all of the conflict be resolved before not only the family band but the amilies themselves are destroyed?
Theme: Real love and compassionate communication overcome.
It’s a drama with a good portion of music and a little comedy to lighten the mood now and then.
The youth band sings and plays a variety of types of music. There are sub-groups that specialize in one particular type of music (pop, rock, blues, country, folk, musical theater). The parents’ band sang ‘80s rock in the style of The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Go’s, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, etc. The youngest mom’s solo act also performs a variety of types of music. The grandparents’ band performed folk/country music.
Multi-award winning singer-songwriter-actress Sarah Lonsert has the lead younger generation role if it works out for her to take it. Sarah wrote and sang the theme song (“I Will Rise”) for Michael John Gabriel’s short film “High Casting” and played a small role in the movie. “I Will Rise” has gone on to win the Director’s Award in the Nashville International Song and Lyric Contest. She was recently on the ballot for 8 Grammy Awards. You can hear Sarah sing many of her songs on YouTube.com, ReverbNation.com, and MySpace.com. Here’s a song that demonstrates some of what Sarah can do with her voice as well as showing some of her acting ability. And here’s the one she wrote for my film.
Playing one of the 10-11 year olds will be the amazing young guitarist Zack Quintana. Here he is.
Playing the youngest brother in the older generation will be Jono Manson who is also the Music Producer for the film. See Jono’s bio here and listen to one of his songs here.
Playing the Family Counselor will be Michael John Gabriel.
Most other roles are still open. We are hoping to sign at least 2 well-known actors to the cast.
Most of this movie will be shot in Los Angeles. Some scenes will be shot in Santa Fe and one or two scenes will be shot in Las Vegas.
We’ll shoot it in summer, 2012, or as soon as we have the financing, whichever comes later.
SAG Ultra-Low Budget agreement, which allows us to mix SAG actors with non-SAG actors. Pending financing, the agreement may be upgraded.
Rate/pay: Depends on role and financing. We won’t start shooting until financing is in place. All speaking actors will be paid.
We are now auditioning for actors, who will be able to play the following characters in July, 2012: » Read the full post
Writer, Director, Producer – Julie Reichert, Producers – Chris Ranney, Brent Tiano, Director of Photography – Corey Weintraub, Production Designer – Scott Christopher Clark, Composer and Sound Designer – C.K. Barlow, Editor – Sterling Grant 3
Cast: Karen Young, Vic Browder, Steven Michael Quezada, Lan Tat, Dave Colon, Kristin Hansen, Nicolise Dorian Louis, Etain O’Malley, Joanne Camp, Aarti K. Attreya, Chad Brummett, Lauren Myers, Paul Hunton, Sandi Kay Shelby, Sylvie Obledo, Marcus Taylor, Alexa Bauer, Ann Kirby, Kristin Elliot, Lovie Johnson, Raquelle Lucero, Shylah Ranney, Mikie Silva, Bill Mohr, Julie Reichert, Amy Baklini, Megan Pribyl, Michelle Alena Smith, Chandra Ursule Brown, Andrea Good, Tangee L. Gutierrez, Jennifer Loli, Jodi Nemish, Erin Roady, Rebecka Ross, Theresa Marie Salazar