On the heels of their success with J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, Zachary Quinto's Before The Door Pictures has announced the company's second feature project, an "untitled found-footage" romantic comedy. Quinto and producing partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa commence principal photography on the film this week in New York.
Longtime Before The Door collaborator Victor Quinaz is directing and keeping the details of the project including the title and general synopsis under wraps. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Richard Brown are also producing, with Anonymous co-financing along with their partner Fred Schaufeld, who will serve as an executive producer. Written by Quinaz, Anna Martemucci, and Philip Quinaz, the film mixes scripted and improv comedy and utilizes an ensemble of actors and comedians from the Periods Films web shorts that have been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die, and numerous other online comedy outlets.
Quinto commented, "As we continue to build our company on the foundation of belief in independent film and first-time writer directors - it is a tremendous honor to be supported by collaborators with as much integrity and expertise as Steve Golin and Richard Brown."
"Zachary brought us this project a few weeks ago and it took about 2 minutes to recognize it was a terrific idea. We're excited to be in business with Before The Door on what promises to be an original and very funny debut feature from the extremely talented Victor Quinaz," said Anonymous' Richard Brown.
Before The Door has previously collaborated with Periods on a comedy short film series called Before After. Victor Quinaz and Martemucci both have other feature projects in development with Quinto's team, including Quinaz's Mr. Murder Is Dead, an original graphic novel that will be released through Archaia at Comic-Con in July.
Margin Call, Before The Door's first feature, premiered at Sundance, competed at The Berlinale, and opened New Directors/New Films at MoMA to critical acclaim. It is being released domestically by Roadside Attractions in the fall of 2011. Quinto recently announced an unscripted series with SyFy and RelativityREAL, starring photographer Tyler Shields. Before The Door's feature, television, comic book, and new media slate has a number of projects ready to move forward in 2011 and 2012 with more projects to be announced in the coming months.
Anonymous Content was established in 1999 as an innovative management and production company focused on producing feature films, television programs, state-of-the-art commercials, music videos and brand integrated programming. The multifaceted company carved out a unique position in the entertainment industry and has a distinguished reputation and proven track record of success. The company is a pioneering force in the industry and leverages its unrivaled reach and access to talent to create and produce innovative content across all its divisions: Film, Integrated, Commercials, Music Video, Television, and Talent.
Anonymous Content has developed a reputation for cultivating artistic freedom while maintaining a commercial sensibility. The company is known for producing adventurous, director-driven work, such as Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Babel, all of which received numerous accolades, including Academy Award and Golden Globe wins and nominations. It has also had its share of commercial and mainstream successes, such as Nurse Betty and 50 First Dates. The company also has a track record in television, including The L Word for Showtime, and more recently, The Lazarus Effect for HBO.
Currently awaiting release in early May is The Beaver, directed by and starring Jodie Foster, opposite Mel Gibson for Summit Entertainment and Participant Media. In post-production is the feel-good movie Everybody Loves Whales, co-produced with Working Title Films for Universal; directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Anonymous Content is also prepping Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, written and to be directed by Lorene Scafaria, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. It is being co-produced with Indian Paintbrush for Mandate Pictures.