Posts Tagged ‘Filmmakers’

Producer Paul J. Alessi on LA Talk Radio’s Film Courage

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Filmmaker Doug Pray and Producer Paul J. Alessi on LA Talk Radio’s Film Courage

In the second half of the Film Courage radio broadcast, Knuckle Draggers Producer Paul J. Alessi revisits the studio to shed some light on ‘Deliverables,’ what they are, how much money filmmakers should set aside before making their film, and whether filmmakers should expect distributors to cover the tab… LISTEN TO BROADCAST

A film that is very mainstream and mature in its sensibilities

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Greg Wright’s (Past The Popcorn) Knuckle Draggers Movie Review

The spirit of Barry Levinson is apparently alive and well… and living in L.A.

A cadre filmmakers led by east coast expatriates has been working together on low-budget projects for a number of years and has now turned out a romantic comedy as engaging (and still relatively wholesome and endearing!) as anything I’ve seen since, frankly, Diner. The ensemble cast is led by producers Paul J. Alessi (raised in Queens) and Amie Barksy (New Jersey); crewmembers Reuben Steinberg (cinematography) and writer/director Alex Ranarivelo are veterans of several Alessi/Barksy-produced films; and also along for more than their first ride with the producers are supporting players Brandon Olive, Karrie MacLaine, James D. Owens… and others, I’m sure.

To date, Alessi and Barsky’s oeuvre has been shorts; but clearly, they’ve not only been learning the ropes as they’ve worked their way up to their first feature-length production, they’ve also been having fun and building up a solid core of professionals with whom to work consistently. That investment has paid off, and the newcomers to the crew blend in seamlessly. I wouldn’t mind working with these folks, either, if I were in the biz—and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a lot more of these characters.

I also expect I’ll be watching Knuckle Draggers a few more times over the years. Hopefully, you’ll be able to as well!

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