Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Show Feature: “Reach For The Stars”
Hey Fringe Breads,
This year’s Short Film Showcase will include “Reach For The Stars,” presented by Doorman Actors Lab and HTX Media Production in association with Pen15 Productions.
It stars Houston’s hottest up and coming talent, The Lovely Lydia Lara, fresh off of a whirlwind trip around Mexico where she interviewed locals, experienced the regional cultural traditions, and communed with the spirits of the Aztec empire…all in preparation for this role.
“Reach For The Stars” also reunites two of Houston’s most infamous actors, Will Morgan and Salvador Chevez (infamous El Guapo style). When clashes of this magnitude occur between two titans of celluloid, you can be sure that someone in the audience will wind up pregnant.
Lydia and Will run producing theatre company Doorman Actors Lab. They’ve even got a play in the Festival too!
The film is produced by international fugitive Jo Hamna, who was recently freed from protective custody specifically to see this film completed.
“Reach For The Stars” is the directorial debut of Nathan Beattie. Nathan just completed his degree in film with a minor in droppin’ mofos who get in his face. Nathan is an active member of the international, clandestine organization known as Pen15 and heads up their media wing. He’s also the love child of Martin Scorsese and Leni Riefenstahl.
“Reach For The Stars” (or RFTS to the fanboys) was written by William Louis Jinajosa, whose mystery is only exceeded by his charm and edited by Dennis Perez. Dennis is cool.
Also appearing are Robbie, Mike and Edie, Sandi and Russell, Bear, Nozomi, and Simple Justin. Each one has a fascinating story that we could not be bothered to learn.
In this film, the “definitive narrative of our generation,” a looming financial crisis forces a man to face the demons of his past in order to achieve his once dormant dream. But first he must convince his loving, yet put-upon wife to forgive his past and stand by his side. Will he save his marriage and achieve his dream? Or will the failings of the past be the present and forever haunt his future? The only way to know for sure is to reach for the stars.
According to star (El Guapo-style) Will Morgan, the film “approaches the commonality of the subject from an outsider’s view, appropriating the ethos of the current indie cinematic conventions of the intimate domestic drama told through the prism of the mumblecore sub-genre; by doing so it forces a critical re-evaluation of every choice we have made in our lives… and, with absolutely no hyperbole, this film is the first step toward world peace.”
Wow, sounds like a good time!
Don’t miss Doorman Actors Lab’s “Reach for the Stars” as part of the Short Film Showcase at the Houston Fringe Festival!