ashland independent film festival
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Frankie and Johnnie are Married
Filmmaker: Michael Pressman
Genre: Feature Film/Drama - Comedy
Running time: 98 minutes
What starts off as a simple idea to revitalize a marriage turns into an on and off stage nightmare. Real-life TV Producer/Director Michael Pressman (ER, Chicago Hope, The Practice) and his wife, actress Lisa Chess take a creative leap off the Hollywood - and the relationship - merry go round as they mount a production of Terrence McNally’s play Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune. When their leading man goes wildly out of control, Pressman is forced to not only direct, but star opposite his wife in the production. Winner of the 2003 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Renaissance Prize.
Interview with Michael Pressman
Q. What inspired you to make this film?
A. I found that the experience of putting on a play so fraught with horrendous and hilarious experiences that I decided it was a perfect story to translate to an independent movie. I also thought that the idea
of a married couple finally pursuing their dream of working together and almost destroying each other in the process was fertile material for an entertaining story.
Q. What about making of your film would you want the audience to know?
A. I want the audience to know that it is a film about art imitating life and life imitating art. To quote the Toronto Star it is “Two touching love stories of a husband for his wife and an artist for the theater.”