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follows rookie detective Jason Bartok (Chad Allen) on his disturbing journey
through the shadowy underworld of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, illuminated only
by a sweet but short-lived romance with a strikingly beautiful, enigmatic
woman (Bai Ling).
As the tale unfolds, Jason accidentally shoots his corrupt partner, Leon (James Russo), grabbing stolen money from the crime scene at the older policeman's urging. The guilt-ridden young man quickly takes to the road to track down Leon's lover, Linda/Shen Li (Bai Ling), an illegal Chinese immigrant, to deliver the bag of cash to her.
Jason’s search takes in seedy motels and rough bars, an L.A. massage parlor and a Nevada ranch, until finally in a dingy Vegas dive, he discovers the irresistible Linda, a sparkling jewel ensnared by the sex trade. Stalked by thugs, the money’s “rightful owners”, Jason and Linda are thrust together to make their escape through the haunting landscape that is the California desert.
"American Dream" continues to crumble and Jason struggles
with numbing guilt, passion takes over these star-crossed lovers desperate for
a fresh start. As maybe only beautiful young lovers can – they envision
life beyond their differing values, allegiances, and doom itself.
The hit men close in as Jason and Linda plot their escape to Paris, a plan dependent on resolving unfinished business. Jason agrees to pay off Linda’s captors still enslaving other Asian girls, then strikes a deal with a cop to buy his escape with Linda. But the unexpected Leon, clearly partnered with the criminals and furious over Jason’s betrayal with “his woman”, is set on murder.
Jason and Linda discover their mad
dream of hightailing it to Paris is like the neon-lit sky of the hot Vegas
night, full of dazzling hope that quickly fades with the punishing sun.
When I came to LA from New York two years ago, I was surprised by all the advertisements for "oriental massage". It reminded me of fun-loving American servicemen in Sixties-era Saigon and Bangkok sex tours with underage girls today. Why does no one talk about the Asian sex trade in America?
to be stylish and different. Modern Noir needs a fresh look, not the usual
B-movie image. I wanted to show
that DV can be beautiful. The
genius of John Cale’s score enhances its humanity and romantic feeling.
Chad Allen began acting in the TV
series “St. Elsewhere” at age 8. He
made a successful transition from child to teen star with the role Matthew
Cooper in CBS’ hugely popular “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman,” which ran for
six seasons and made him a teen idol around the world.
At the 2002 NY Independent Film Fest, Chad received a Best Supporting
Actor Award in the short film Getting Out. After
several years concentrating on producing and acting for theater, Allen steps
back before the cameras in his first major adult role on the big screen in Paris.
LING - “LINDA”
The enchanting Bai Ling was already a
movie star in China before arriving in Stateside.
Her work in MGM’s Red Corner (opposite Richard Gere) led to reviews praising her as
“mesmerizing” and “luminous”. Bai
Ling has received numerous accolades, including the Breakthrough Award from
the National Board of Review and The Discovery Star of 1997, awarded by the
Hollywood Women’s Press Club. She
was selected as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the
World.” Most recently, Bai Ling
starred in the Sundance film Face,
opening theatrically in the fall. Busier
than ever, she has several movies currently in post production, including
Miramax’s My Baby’s Mama
(starring with Eddie Griffin), Sony Pictures’ Beautiful
Country (opposite Nick Nolte) and The
World of Tomorrow (also starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina
James Russo was born in New York City.
A veteran of more than 60 feature films, Russo has played memorable
roles on film and in live theater, with his motion-picture credits including: The
Postman, Donnie Brasco, No Way Home, The Real Thing, Condition Red, Bad Girls,
Dangerous Game, Cold Heaven, My Own Private Idaho, A Kiss Before Dying, State
of Grace, We’re No Angels, China Girl, Extremities, The Cotton Club, Beverly
Hills Cop, Once Upon A Time in America, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, A
Stranger is Watching and The Ninth
Gate. On stage, Russo has
been seen in Welcome to Andromeda,
Deathwatch, Marat/Sade and Extremities,
which earned him a Theatre World Award.
BLACK - “CHANTELLE”
Her credits include such classic films as Five
Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson (she was nominated for an Academy Award
and won a Golden Globe), Easy Rider,
Day Of the Locust (Golden Globe nomination), The Great Gatsby (she won a Golden Globe), Nashville and Come Back to the
Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
IRENE BEDARD -
Her starring credits include Smoke Signals, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (she was
nominated for a Golden Globe) and Disney’s Pocahontas
(she was the voice and model for the title character).
JAMES LEW – “MR.
Acting credits include Traffic,
Lethal Weapon 4 and Big Trouble in
Little China. He also performed stunts in Planet
of the Apes and Rush Hour 2 and
assisted in stunt coordinating Paris
YEAGER – “DET. BILL
A veteran character actor in more than 50
films, including White Oleander, Ed
Wood, F/X 2, Edward Scissorhands and Sid and Nancy.
WAYMOUTH - “TINA”
Her credits include TV’s “The
Agency, CSI: Miami” and “Murder One.”
CALLAHAN – “MOTEL OWNER”
His credits include the Coen Brothers’ The
Man Who Wasn't There, Inspector
Gadget, Wild Wild West, The Kid and TV’s
“Malcolm in the Middle”, “ER”, “NYPD Blue” and
CHUA – “MIEKO”
Her credits include Metro
with Eddy Murphy and TV’s “The Andy Dick Show”.
Ramin Niami’s first feature as a director
was Somewhere in the City (1997)
starring Sandra Bernhard (King of Comedy), Robert John Burke (The Unbelievable Truth), Bai Ling (Anna and the King) and Peter Stormare (Fargo). Screened at over 25 international film festivals, released
theatrically in 32 U.S. cities, the film premiered in 2000 on HBO/ Cinemax.
Niami has worked extensively in the film and
television in England, France, the Middle East and the United States.
Born in Teheran, Iran, Niami has worked as a director and producer on
over twenty television documentaries and dramatic shorts, many of them
broadcast by the BBC and Channel Four in the UK.
A New York resident for 14 years, Niami was a
part-time faculty member for filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New
York. He relocated to Los Angeles
in 2002, where he taught directing and editing of digital video at USC’s
Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts.
Before becoming a screenwriter and filmmaker,
Steven Beschloss was an award-winning journalist, both in the United States
and Europe. His writing -- on
subjects ranging from crime, business and international affairs to espionage,
media and boxing -- has been published in many major publications, including
The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The
International Herald-Tribune, TV Guide and The Chicago Tribune.
Beschloss debuted as a writer/director in
1992 with the short fiction film Adam’s Holiday, produced in New York by Larry Meistrich and The
Shooting Gallery. He subsequently lived for four years in Helsinki, Finland,
scripting, directing, producing and story-editing several features, fiction
shorts and documentaries for various European production companies.
His dark comedy, My
Boy, which he wrote, directed and co-produced for Finland’s Wide Eye
Pictures, premiered in 1996 on Finnish Broadcasting’s “New Cinema”
series. The Miracle, a one-hour
French-German co-production filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia, which he
co-wrote with Tuomas Sallinen, first aired in France on ARTE in 1997 and was
praised by Le Monde as a “must see” film.
brought up in Australia, played the role as a teenager of Irma in Peter
Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. In
1985 Karen moved to New York to work as an entertainment lawyer and since 1991
has been a Partner in the Entertainment Department of Pryor, Cashman, Sherman
& Flynn LLP, where she works primarily in the Film Finance and Production
Group. She represents a variety
of independent producers/production companies for which she structures
production financing and distribution transactions as well as provides
production legal representation. She
also represents a number of well-known feature film writer/directors.
Ms. Robson also produced the feature film directed by, and produced
with, her husband Ramin Niami, Somewhere
in the City.
(DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Jack Cochran has an
MFA from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop and twenty years experience
in filmmaking. As a Director of
Photography he has shot features, commercials, and documentaries based in
London and Los Angeles. His films
have won a British Academy Award (BAFTA), a Bronze Lion From Cannes, and the
Sang D'or from the International of Short Films.
His features have had festival screenings at Sundance, Telluride,
Edinburgh, Taos, Chicago and Houston film festivals. Film credits include Verses
(Sundance 2001), Taste of Pomegranate,
Twins (Peabody Award 2000), Dominick
and Eugene, Internal Affairs and Breaking
Erin Smith, the
production designer of Paris, has
lent her creative vision to several ambitious indies soon to be released in
the coming year. Since Paris, this
up and comer has worked on Northfork,
the beatific third installment in the Polish Brother’s trilogy, and has just
completed production design on I
Love Your Work, the Adam Goldberg- directed feature starring Giovanni
Ribisi and Christina Ricci.
WELDEN (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/ CASTING DIRECTOR)
Rosemary Welden is
a veteran casting director of nearly 30 films. Her credits include the
award-winning The Woman Chaser,
Joyride starring Tobey Maguire and Benicio Del Toro and The
Kiss starring Terrence Stamp and Billy Zane.
PAUL (SOUND DESIGNER)
A veteran sound mixer,
editor and designer, his credits include The
Yards, Claire Dolan, Little Odessa and Academy Award-winner Ang Lee’s The
Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man
LESNIAK (COSTUME DESIGNER)
Lesniak’s work as a costumer has included such big-budget films as The
Crucible, Amistad, Meet Joe Black and The
Cider House Rules. Her
credits as a costume designer include Made
Up, directed by Tony Shalhoub and starring Brooks Adams and
Gary Sinise as well as The Blue
Diner, and Latter Days starring
Jacqueline Bisset and Mary Kay Place.