The Big Break, a new movie satirizing the entertainment industry starring David Arquette (Scream) and directed by Gil Freston (Paladar), recently premiered on vice.com. The over-the-top yet delightful parody was shown at private screenings in both New York City and Los Angeles before the online global release.
The 20 minute “mini-movie” applies a blockbuster films production quality to an intense storyline paying homage to 1990s classic films which inspired the production including The Player, Heat and True Romance – in its look/cinematography (Derek McKane), special effects (Lucien Harriet, Josh Hackasian), wardrobe (Annie & Hannah) and stunt teams from Lethal Weapon (Ryan Gray) and Blade Runner 2049 (Adam Hart) contributing to the production of the film, working in tandem with Action Director, Loren Herbert. The film screened as an official selection at the 22nd Annual LA Shorts International Film Festival 2018.
The cast joining David Arquette (who plays Lieutenant Ramirez in the film) includes David Shabtai (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Jon Lieberman, Gil Freston as Will Kavanaugh, Michael Vlamis (CW’s Roswell) as Michael Glazer, Isabelle McNally (A&E’s Bates Motel, Frances Ha) as Grace Barnett, Thomas Cocquerel (Billionaire Boys Club, Table 19, In Like Flynn) as Officer Eckhart, Brittany Furlan (social media star appearing in Netflix’s American Meme) as Fable Rae, Ammar Kandil & Thomas Brag aka YES Theory (Social Media Stars) Jude B. Lanston (Magic Funhouse) as Sergeant Bates, Elizabeth Turner (Social Media Star) as Kate Davenport, stunt performer Eddie Davenport (Logan) as Matty, Alexis Beckley (Room for Improvement) as Chloe Perkins, Richard Kohnke (The Billionaire Boys Club) as Brooks Weaver the Waiter, Aaron Jay-Smith (You) as Writer, Frank Mercuri as LAPD Officer, Deina Torres as LAPD Officer, Angelique Yalda as LAPD Officer and Al Burke as LAPD Sergeant.
The film is Produced by Gil Freston, Jack Heston, Matthew Brag, and Loren Herbert alongside Executive Producers Will Meldman, Taylor Vandegrift and David Shabtai. Gil Freston has written and directed numerous commercials and branded short-form. After graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Freston directed his first independent feature film, PALADAR, a documentary about his friends’ underground restaurant run out of their college apartment which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2013. Freston is currently developing a show with FX Networks and is entering pre-production on his next feature film EDGE OF FEAR, a psycho/thriller horror feature film to be shot in international locations commencing in May 2019.