Not too long ago, Paramount Vantage seemed like one of the best faux-indie arms out there. As recently as 2007, the studio indie had two major heavyweight pictures: No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood. But the label was folded into the heaving, tentpole-happy bosom of Paramount Pictures, a process which has left pictures essentially orphaned, waiting to be dumped. One of them is Todd Louiso‘s The Marc Pease Experience, and the filmmaker is understandably frustrated by the decision. Read More »

First Look: The Marc Pease Experience

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Jason Schwartzman stars as Marc Pease, a former high school musical star who is still living in the past, eight years after graduating. The film takes place over the course of one day, as Pease’s former teacher/mentor Mr. Gribble (played by Ben Stiller) oversees opening night, and Pease finally realizes there’s more to life than high school musicals. Todd Louiso, the actor turned director behind the wonderful but overlooked/virtually unseen gem Love Liza (which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman), co-wrote and directed. I’ve been awaiting his follow-up film as his debut showed so much promise. Two time Independent Spirit Award nominee Anna Kendrick co-stars. You might remember her as the amazing fast talking debater in last year’s possibly most overlooked film Rocket Science.

The Marc Pease Experience will be released by Paramount Vantage in 2008 (date TBA).