Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Hollywood satirist par excellence Larry Blamire returns again with his biggest and funniest film yet, Dark and Stormy Night, a lovingly faithful yet funnier version those 1930s old-dark-house movies, with every cliché and stereotype hilariously brought to life by his marvelous stock company of actors, and presented in glorious black-and-white.
The 92-minute feature film will make its Los Angeles premiere at the Egyptian Theatre with a special screening on May 29th. The Egyptian Theater is located in Hollywood at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.fandango.com; for 24-hour program information please call 323-466-3456.
The LA premiere follows a sold-out world premiere in Palm Springs, a sold-out Pacific Northwest premiere at Salem Film Festival, and full houses at USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX. A special, and undoubtedly memorable, Q&A will follow the screening with director Blamire and his comedic cast, which includes Betty Garrett and Brian Howe.
Written and directed by Blamire, the film tells the tale of events surrounding the reading of a will in an old dark house on --yes, you guessed it-- a dark and stormy night. But nothing is simple when it comes to old family money, and soon there is murder afoot. Is it the heiress, the cook, the cabbie or the reporter? Blamire gets you asking, “Who will survive…and who will not survive quite as well?”
Styishly shot by cinematographer Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein on Panasonic digital cameras in Los Angeles, this quirky film delights with era-appropriate special effects and clever model design. Emmy Award-winning Anthony Tremblay’s production design completes the film’s vintage look by creating the entire old, dark house world, where the mansion itself becomes a living character. The setting is perfected with music by composer Christopher Caliendo, who recently re-scored Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee and scored John Ford's The Iron Horse and Four Sons.
Blamire’s usual bevy of preferred actors deftly delivers his laugh-out-loud dialogue at a clip and with impossibly straight faces. Cast members include, in part, Daniel Roebuck (8 O’Clock Farraday), Jennifer Blaire (Billy Tuesday), Dan Conroy (Happy Codburn), Brian Howe (Burling Famish, Jr.), Fay Masterson (Sabasha Fanmoore) Andrew Parks (Lord Partfine), Trish Geiger (Jane Hovenham), Alison Martin (Mrs. Cupcupboard) and Bruce French (Jeens). Blamire also appears in the film as Ray Vestinhaus.
According to Larry, “We want to keep making films that are unique, intriguing, pleasantly twisted, outrageous, absurd, and maybe even...wait for it...thought-provoking. It’s good to provoke thoughts sometimes, sometimes even my own.”
Bantam Street is seeking theatrical distribution for Dark and Stormy Night (DASN) in arthouse or mainstream cinema. DASN producer Mike Schlesinger says, “Bantam Street is a collaborative group of film professionals making the kind of movies we like, the way Hollywood used to do them--intended for grown-ups but suitable for the entire family. We're making fun, smart pictures, which seem to be in short supply these days, andwe like to think our movies aren't like anybody else's. For one thing, we're not afraid of black-and-white!"
Bantam Street manages to enjoy both a cult following and critical acclaim. The company aspires to a rare, if not unique, concept in that it spans multimedia--film, TV, book publishing and merchandising--and has at its core a group of talented individuals/artists. At the centerpiece of the company are films written and directed by Larry Blamire, continuing to mine the rich comedic vein of the cult hit The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, released by Sony in '04. Its sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, debuted at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2008.
With Dark and Stormy Night out on the festival circuit, Blamire has begun preparing the third and fourth movies under the Bantam Street umbrella (A TV Life, The Restroom). It deserves mention that this entertainment company boasts a stock acting company as good as any in the business. Besides the actors, the company features a terrific team: editor Bill Russell, graphic artist Cortney Skinner and veteran Sony executive Mike Schlesinger to name a few. The icing on the cake is that this group also happen to be good friends, adding to the family atmosphere that flavors their work.
Writer/Director Larry Blamire and various cast members are available for interview via telephone on the days surround thescreenings, or by appointment in Los Angeles over the next few months. The Bantam Street Film Office may be reached at: 818-505-8307.
Press kits and photos are available electronically from Beth Ann Hilton, publicist, The B Company, and in person at the event. For ticketing and theater location, go to the Egyptian Theater official website.
For media passes, contact Beth Hilton at 310-560-8390 in advance of the screening.