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VOL. 126 | NO. 87 | Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Paper Moon Prepares To Shoot in Memphis

By Andy Meek

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Production gets under way this week on “The Romance of Loneliness,” the third feature film from Memphis-based production company Paper Moon Films.

It’s about a young woman from a traditional Southern family, her journey of self-discovery and the misfits and memorable characters she encounters along the way.

Amy LaVere, a fixture on the Memphis music scene, gets her first starring role in a feature film by playing the character Amanda, and she leads a cast that includes top Memphis actors as well as industry veterans from Los Angeles and New York.

Amanda’s larger-than-life grandmother Mina will be played by film and TV actress Lynn Cohen. She’s most recently known for playing Magda in the “Sex and the City” films and TV show.

Also appearing in the film will be Chris Thomas King, a Grammy Award-winning blues musician, producer, composer and actor who’s appeared in films “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Ray” as well as Martin Scorsese’s PBS series “The Blues.”

LaVere’s performance extends what’s become a budding film-acting career for her that already includes parts in Craig Brewer’s MTV series “$5 Cover” and two other Memphis films, “A Fine Step” and “Woman’s Picture.”

Memphis band Star & Micey will appear in “The Romance of Loneliness,” which will also include music from Memphis band Deering & Down.

A press release from the film production company said Amanda has “no idea what to make of her life and is determined to avoid finding out. At her cousin Cristina’s wedding to her longtime girlfriend (Julia) at a country farmhouse, she finds out she has nowhere left to hide.”

The film team includes writer and director Sarah Ledbetter, a Memphis native who graduated from Northwestern University and went on to study filmmaking in Paris at the New York Film Academy and in Sydney at the APA International Film School.

Her co-director is Matteo Servente, a native of Torino, Italy, and now a Memphis resident.

Producers Nick Case and Ryan Watt are also the founders of Paper Moon.

The company’s inaugural film “Open Five” by Kentucker Audley won the Best Narrative Feature award at the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival and made the Top 25 Films of 2010 list by The New Yorker.

To learn more, go to www.romanceofloneliness.com.

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