PierreWeisbein's nascent sales and production company Green Room Pictures will cometo Cannes with two films it will represent for Mr Mudd, the LA-based productioncompany run by Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith.
Weisbein will beselling worldwide rights on Historya, a powerful drama based on Gary Soto's novel BuriedOnions which followsLatin street gangs in the Californinan city of Fresno. Currently inpre-production with shooting set to start in the summer in Fresno, the film isthe feature directorial debut of hot Mexican commercials director RodrigoGarcia Saiz and stars Victor Rasuk (Lords Of Dogtown, Raising Victor Vargas) and Vanessa Ferlito, who is a seriesregular on CSI: New York.
Rasuk playsEddie, a 19 year-old faced with only two options - join a gang or join thearmy. The film, which Weisbein says recalls films like City Of God, Scarfaceand Boyz N The Hood, is being produced by Mr Mudd principalsHalfon, Malkovich and Smith.
Also from MrMudd is the documentary Which Way Home from director Rebecca Cammisa, theproducer-director-cinematographer of the 2004 film Sister Helen which followeda nun in charge of a home for recovering addicts and won Cammisa the directingaward at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.
Which Way Home will follow three unaccompanied childrenas they leave their homes in Latin America and journey through Mexico to reachthe US border in the hope of reuniting with their parents, who have made thetrip before them. Halfon, Malkovich and Smith are acting as executive producerson the film, which Weisbein says is in the vein of Born Into Brothels.
Mr Mudd hasproduced two previous documentaries - How To Draw A Bunny and Some Assembly Required both directed by John Walters. Thecompany's fictional feature credits include Ghost World, The DancerUpstairs, The Libertine andTerry Zwigoff's upcoming Art School Confidential.
Weisbein willcontinue pre-sales on his own production Mr Sunset, a blend of documentary anddrama directed by Bret Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture) which tells thestory of surfing champion, addict and co-founder of Quiksilver Jeff Hakman.
Weisbein is alsocontinuing sales on the Distant Horizon/BBC Films co-production Red Dust which had its world premiere at theToronto International Film Festival last year. Starring Hilary Swank andChiwetel Ejiofor, it tells a story of the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings inSouth Africa. Tom Hooper made his directorial debut on the film.