Over the past year we've been fortunate enough to break a few casting announcements for one of our favourite and new Independent film companies, MOnsterworks66. The latest is the first for Eric Michael Kochmer's apocalyptic sci-fi noir Way Down in Chinatown.
The Way Down in Chinatown production team – writer/director Eric Michael Kochmer, Producer Jonathan Haloossim and Associate Producers Angel Corbin and Maria Olsen (and it's Corbin & Olsen who make up MOnsterworks66) – are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Sanditz into their feature project. Sanditz will be playing the leading role of Jessica Mitchum in this dark noir thriller, which combines science-fiction, horror and apocalyptic themes, and shooting is set to start this summer in Los Angeles.
Sanditz is most definitely no stranger to the world of independent film, and has landed leading roles in, among others, the college comedy DisOrientation, which will premier at the prestigious Los Angeles film festival, Dances with Films, next month, the darkly satirical The Writer and the short film Sweet Illusions, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Sanditz has also racked up numerous studio feature and television series’ credits, including the Meg Ryan / Hugh Jackman vehicle Kate & Leopold, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Sanditz is also an accomplished screenwriter and has recently completed writing The Mediator, the first of a possible series of six feature screenplays for Greenestreet Films, as well as a feature length film noir script called Moving Picture. She is also presently developing her own television series, Show Me States, which delves into the darkly comedic world of riverboat gambling. She has also recently been tapped by UFA Cinema of Germany to adapt the international best seller, Cathy’s Book, into a feature length thriller.
Way Down in Chinatown examines the disintegration of an entire civilization through the fish-eye lens of the disintegration of one relationship – that of Jessica and her husband Victor – and, given Sanditz’s background in and understanding of indie film angst, she’s a natural to create this uniquely conflicted character. Sanditz has also worked with most of the production team before: with Kochmer on The Writer and with Corbin and Olsen (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Paranormal Activity 3 and The Haunting of Whaley House) on DisOrientation, and this highly creative team is looking forward to re-uniting on the set of Way Down in Chinatown.
Those interested in finding out more about the utterly unique Way Down in Chinatown, which is to be shot entirely in black and white in the style of German Expressionists Lang and Wiene (Metropolis and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) – and in seeing how they can become a part of this production – should visit the film’s Indiegogo page by clicking [here].