Friday, July 23, 2010

Three More Brampton Guys

Comic-Con 2010 is abuzz over the latest work of Brampton, Ontario native Michael Cera, with a torrential stream of rave-tweets emanating from the San Diego event following a Thursday, July 22nd evening screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Meanwhile, in not too far away Phoenix, AZ, three other Brampton actors recently came together to make Green Guys, an under $1 million independent crime drama about to be shopped to distributors and submitted to festivals.

Brampton-born Christopher Redman and two others raised in the city, Kris Lemche and David J. Phillips, play three of the four titular Ponzi scheme characters in Green Guys, getting into a whole lot of trouble for their efforts. Twenty-three-year-old writer-director Cole Mueller initially intended to make his feature debut a super low-budget affair, but thanks to the arrival and support of producer Sean Meier, he was able to raise the stakes to six figures.

Redman, recently cast in the Steve Martin-
Jack Black comedy The Big Year

"There are articles online that say we already premiered at a small festival in Lake Arrowhead, but that is not accurate," Mueller clarifies during an interview with FilmStew. "We only showed a rough, unfinished cut there for family and friends."

A two-and-a-half minute trailer for Green Guys has just hit the airwaves and USC School of Cinema grad Mueller is looking forward to finally getting his film out there. "Because we were low-budget, I could take a lot of chances that you dont see filmmakers take in studio films and even bigger budget indies," he says. "Objectively speaking, I think my style of writing and directing is polarizing. But I wouldn't have it any other way."

The film that started it all for Mueller

As the the oldest member of Mueller's Brampton trio, Redman has not surprisingly the longest list of credits, everything from a recurring role on C.S.I.: Miami to a part in the Harrison Ford film K-19. (Redman also managed to score a spot in the 1996 Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy alongside fellow Brampton boy Scott Thompson.) Lemke's resume encompasses Final Destination 3 and the 2009 indie Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, while Phillips has appeared in the films Shark City and Poker Night.

Mueller cites Oscar-nominated USC teacher Michael Uno as a former mentor, along with acting teacher Stephen Snyder and Paramount Pictures exec Lee Rosenthal. His USC thesis film King, in which he played a sports agent signing his first client, landed Mueller representation.

[Green Guys]

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