Saturday, June 28, 2014

INDEPENDENT FILM SNAPSHOT GIVES SOCIAL MESSAGE

****
INDIES
****

Joyce DeWitt



Zach McGowan
Snapshot is an independent film with a timely social message and an unexpected ending worth the wait. An edgy opening introduces us to Thomas Grady (Zach McGowan - "Shameless" “Black Sails”) the story’s central character; a paparazzo. Grady was pushed out of the business with a death threat after he crossed the line, yet finds himself in a position to catch a revealing photo of the First Lady (Joyce DeWitt - "Three's Company"). Of course The President (Michael Pare -"Eddie and the Cruisers", “Lincoln Lawyer”) wants to get the photo back before it enters the public domain. The drama unfolds as Thomas Grady struggles to make a decision which will end his already strained relationship with his father (Robert Loggia - Academy Award nominee; "Scarface", “Big”, “Independence Day”) and destroy a great relationship with his brother (David Chokachi – “Baywatch” “Witchblade”) while his girlfriend Angela Gots (“Sex and a Girl”, “Dark House”) thinks “maybe” he should take the highest offer. Jack Adams (Martin Kove – “The Karate Kid” “Rambo” “Cagney & Lacey”) is The Presidents henchman and it’s his job to ensure the photo never sees the light of day.



According to Director Eric Etebari (“2 Fast 2 Furious”, “Lincoln Lawyer”, Cellular”) Snapshot “focuses on and explores the current issues of our privacy rights when dealing with social media, paparazzi, tabloids and the news”. The writer, Robert Borneman says Snapshot was inspired by the tragic deaths of Lady Diana and more recently Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers student who took his own life after his sexuality was exposed by a fellow student online. Borneman adds “I tried to draw a parallel between the damage that can be done by shooting someone with a camera and shooting them with a gun”. Snapshot is produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, a well-respected veteran in the independent film world who has worked with Executive Producers Robert and Joyce Borneman on multiple projects including “Rock Story”, “The Great Fight’ “The Life Zone” and others.




Snapshot will remind you of “The Sixth Sense”, when you observe people standing around the theatre lobby after the film, debating the questions left in the air. Interesting and a break from typical Hollywood formatted filmmaking in an era of action, action, action; this is a well done drama you should enjoy.



No comments: