FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Margot Gerber
323/461-2020, ext. 115
November 30, 2000
IN DECEMBER THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S
INDEPENDENT FILM SHOWCASE
THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN & IFP/WEST, PRESENT THE LA PREMIERE OF THE NEW
INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM
BEHIND THE SEAMS: A MODELMENTARY (Dec. 14)
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque's THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: INDEPENDENT
FILM SHOWCASE and IFP/West's Festival Buzz series co-present the Los Angeles
Premiere of the new independent feature film BEHIND THE SEAMS: A
MODELMENTARY (92 min.) on Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 7:30 PM. Cathleen
Gallagher (who also co-wrote and produced the film), turns in an endearing
performance as high-strung, New York-based supermodel Casey McCann - who
seems to have it all. Or does she? The film features appearances by actors
such as Dick Cavett and Soupy Sales, Moon Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, David
Leisure ("Empty Nest") Kathy Kinney ("Drew Carey Show") and Scott Sherman
(COPLAND). Fashion and media luminaries making cameos as themselves include
gossip columnist Michael Musto, hairstylist Louis Licari, supermodel Bridget
Hall, royal milliner Stephen Jones and talk show host Roma Torre. Vogue
magazine called BEHIND THE SEAMS "A great relationship film set against the
backdrop of the fashion industry, testing the boundaries of friendship,
jealousy and celebrity" and MTV House of Styles's Linda Corradina said, "A
funny way to laugh through tears. models who have depth and feelings, what a
concept!" Gallagher and director James Limas are scheduled to appear in
person at the screening subject to their availability. All screenings are at
the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (between
Las Palmas Ave. & McCadden Place).
Casey McCann (Gallagher) is a super-model in crisis. It seems that her
playboy boyfriend is stepping out on her and its all over the media. The
fashion TV show she hosts may dethrone her for a vapid, younger model
(played by Bridget Hall), and someone is definitely sneaking into her New
York apartment to re-organize her closet. Hilarity ensues as Casey and her
producer/publicist and best friend (played expertly by Nadja Despotovich),
try to cope with the unraveling of a less than glamorous life amongst the
beautiful, fashionable and famous. Gallagher is wonderful with physical
comedy bits that include eluding the grasp of a leacherous, celebrity
painter during an interview for her show, and getting stuck in an
avant-garde (with a picture frame for a headpeice) wedding dress by a chic
young fashion designer.
Director James Lima is an Academy Award-winning visual effects art director
(for his work on Paul Verhoeven's TOTAL RECALL). He worked in special
effects and conceptual design on numerous studio films, "seaQuest DSV;"
commercials for Nike, Pepsi, Levis, among others and on design for theme
parks, mega-nightclubs and even Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" tour. He has
also directed a number of award-winning short films.
Inspired by all the characters she had met and the bizarre situations she
had encountered, Cathleen Gallagher drew from her nine year modeling career
for material for BEHIND THE SEAMS. She began acting with a small role in
Oliver Stone's JFK and has guest-starred in TV series such as "L.A Law" and
The IFP/West will host a beverage reception following the screening. Free to
all ticket buyers.
Los Angeles-based filmmakers James Lima and Cathleen Gallagher are
alvailable for interview. This film is available for press preview on tape.
Call for screening cassettes and press kits.
Ticket prices are $7 general admission. Additional general information is
attached to Dickens on Film press release. This information is also on our
The Alternative Screen: A Forum For Independent Film Exhibition And Beyond.,
the American Cinematheque's on-going series focusing on independent and new
forms of cinema was created to serve the public as well as the independent
film community in Los Angeles by providing a year-round venue for
independent feature films that have not yet secured wide commercial
distribution. Whatever the ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month, it
promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. Select
Alternative Screen alumni include THE BIBLE & GUN CLUB, HABIT, STAR MAPS and
THE LAST BIG THING.
The Alternative Screen takes on-going submissions for consideration of
fiercely independent work in all genres. Please send a 1/2" tape to: Margot
Gerber, The Alternative Screen, c/o American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland
Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA., 90028. Include a SASE if you would like
your tape returned. Inquiries should be directed to 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
Short films should be sent to the attention of Andrew Crane.
The American Cinematheque is a sponsor of the Skyy Short Film Award. For
information about submitting your short film, please see www.skyy.com.
Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2001. Entrants must be 21 years
of age or over.
For information about the Alternative Screen or other American Cinematheque
events, please call 323.466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT
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