Filmmakers to screen documentary on struggling actors

Posted February 6th, 2009 at 5:03 pm.

Director Tony Zierra and producer Elizabeth Yoffe will screen and discuss their new documentary film My Big Break at Bryn Mawr on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Room B21 of the Rhys Carpenter Library. The event, sponsored by The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, the Film Studies Program, and the Department of Psychology, is free and open to the public.

My Big Break has its origins in in Zierra’s lack of resources. As a struggling filmmaker with no funding, stars or crew, he resorted to filming the lives of his four roommates, who were all struggling actors. His choice of subject matter proved unexpectedly gripping as three of the actors—Brad Rowe (Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Shelter), Chad Lindberg (October Sky, The Fast And The Furious) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider)—appeared to break the law of probability with their swift paths to success, while the fourth actor, Greg Fawcett, covetously watched his friends enjoy the fame he failed to attain.

As the actors ascend toward stardom, Zierra’s film offers a raw insider’s view of the obstacles, disappointment and pressures they face while learning to cope with life in the public eye. Zierra also documents his own struggles, including his run-ins with the actors’ image-conscious agents.

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