New York, NY — January 19, 2009
Director Miles Maker (“Lark & Cher”, “The Making of Brook-Lynn”) and producer/screenwriter Seth Ruffer have annoucned their upcoming production of Ruffer’s screenplay, “Three Houses”.
“Three Houses” is a feature-length comedy about a suburban block whose residents are forced to confront their own misconceptions when a black couple move in. The logline for “Three Houses” is:
‘Frank, the old white bigot, lives across from Ira, the stressed out cynic, whose new next-door neighbor, Gerard, the driven black yuppie, has to host his father-in-law, the old black grouch. So they all get together to watch a rap video….with Patty, the gay carpenter.’
“We’re going to have a lot of fun exploring and exposing myths and misperceptions on several sides of the cultural divide, and arriving at the conclusion that we’re all better when we come to accept our neighbors than when we live in fear of them,” Ruffer said. ”The topic of relations between people of different backgrounds and orientations is a sensitive one, but has never been more relevant and frankly lends itself to some pretty hilarious scenarios. It’s time as filmmakers we explore these sensitive issues in a way that can make people laugh, and perhaps relate moments in their own lives to what they’ll see on screen.
“We workshopped some of the script in New York City late last year, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.”
Hisham Tawfiq (“Notorious”, “Watching the Red Chinese”) has agreed to star in “Three Houses”. It is rumored that Ephraim Benton, who played the lead role of Chris Price in Rik Cordero’s “Inside A Change”, which won Best Film in HBO’s NY Latino Film Festival in 2009, will also take a starring role in the film.
Maker has developed an increasingly visible presence in the New York independent filmmaking community and runs the enormously popular “Directing Actor Gym” workshop. He will direct a trailer of “Three Houses”, slated to shoot in late February as well as a staged reading in Manhattan. Both projects will be used to raise capital for a full-length production this summer.
Ruffer, an actor whose credits include a supporting role in Yan Vizinberg’s “Cargo”, due in theaters in June, and several independent films and off-off Broadway plays, wrote the script and will produce the trailer and reading.
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