Vesuvio Entertainment plans to take the Hollywood Riviera by storm this week with its strong international sales and domestic production line up.
At the top of its line up will be its just-announced feature film ALL SIX FEET, which Vesuvio CEO Greg H. Sims has tapped actor Vincent Spano to direct. ALL SIX FEET chronicles the relationship between music promoter “Punkin Pie” Irene Laughlin and actress Lana Clarkson, who died in Phil Spector’s mansion in 2003. Sims had known Pie for many years, including the period when she promoted the infamous “Tuesday nights” at Backstage Café, owned by mutual friend Ian Copeland, the seminal figure who brought new wave music to the US. Vesuvio optioned Pie’s life rights at the end of last year.
“We are thrilled to have an artist of Spano’s stature at the helm of this exciting project,” said Sims. “Spano’s work is universally respected, whether as an actor—in RUMBLEFISH, BABY IT’S YOU, or NCIS—or as a director, working with Miguel Ferrer in Tales from the Crypt. I am thrilled that we are in business with him on his feature directorial debut.”
ALL SIX FEET is written by Leslie King from a story by Laughlin. King and Sims previously collaborated on the successful 1988 vampire film starring Sydney Walsh TO DIE FOR (directed by Deran Sarafian). Casting is under way with a planned LA shooting start in early 2013.
“Leslie is a phenomenal writer,” said Sims, “and she is giving us a nuanced script about complex characters, set against one of the most high profile murder trials of this century. What we are successfully reaching for with this film is absolute truth and accuracy in the telling of our characters’ stories. While there will be the obvious comparisons to HBO’s film starring Al Pacino as Phil Spector, viewers will discover that our film could not be more different, but equally compelling.”
Vesuvio has just acquired international rights to this summer’s theatrical and recent home entertainment release, the feature documentary CRAIGSLIST JOE. Executive produced by Zach Galifianakis, the film follows first time director Joseph “Joe” Garner on a month-long journey across America living solely off of the kindness of strangers on the popular classifieds site Craigslist, and culminates with Joe meeting the rarely interviewed founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark. All 30+ staff members of Craigslist, including CEO Jim Buckmaster, attended a screening of the film in San Francisco shortly after the film’s August release. Impressed by the sincerity of the filmmaker and his finished film, Craigslist has since posted a link to the film’s site on the Craigslist homepage, which receives over 20 billion viewers each month from 50 countries.