LONELY HUNTER Brings Carson McCullers to Big Screen

Quite the cast of characters.  If done right this could be quite the acting ensemble.  But who should play McCullers?

Deborah Kampmeier (Hounddog) attached to direct, from a screenplay written by Sarah Schulman.

New York, NY – September 23, 2010 – Abigail Disney and Deborah Kampmeier announced today that through their shingles, Fork Films and Full Moon Films, they will produce the feature film “Lonely Hunter,” based on the true life story of Southern gothic writer Carson McCullers. A wild woman who transgressed gender laws and the color bar searching to understand her own mysterious passions, McCullers is the author of the classic novels “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and “The Member of the Wedding.” Deborah Kampmeier will direct the film from a screenplay written by Sarah Schulman.

The story of 1940's Southern gothic writer Carson McCullers and her two tumultuous marriages to the same man, “”Lonely Hunter” will span 35 years in McCullers’ life and feature notable figures including her best friend Tennessee Williams, her protégé Truman Capote, her roommate Gypsy Rose Lee and collaborator Ethel Waters.

Abigail Disney states, "This project is right in line with everything I want to do as a filmmaker. I am so proud to be involved with this team and on this topic."

Deborah Kampmeier added, "Carson McCullers led a brilliant but tumultuous life. I'm excited to join with such talented colleagues to dig deep into a colorful cast of characters and into the mysteries and secrets of McCullers' heart. And I am grateful for this opportunity to share the story of such a provocative woman on the big screen."

"Outsiders have knowledge about American life that enriches our understanding with truth and vision. It is an honor to bring one of America's greatest writers and most outlandish personalities, Carson McCullers, to the screen and bring readers back to her unique, timeless and soulful books." Added writer Sarah Schulman

Deborah Kampmeier’s second feature film “Hounddog,” was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It won the top jury prize, Best of the Show, at the 2009 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and Best Feature at the 2008 Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland. Deborah’s first feature film “Virgin,” which she made for $65,000 was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000) and the Best Female Lead for Elisabeth Moss’ performance in the film. In addition, Kampmeier won Best Screenwriter at the 2003 Hamptons International Film Festival. And “Virgin” garnered Best Feature Film at the 2003 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, won Best Independent Spirit at the Santa Fe Film Festival and Best Actress at the Sedona Film Festival. “Virgin” had its world premiere at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival. Deborah is the founder of Full Moon Films, a company dedicated to the development and production of films by and about women.

Sarah Schulman is the author of 9 novels and 6 nonfiction books. Her plays have been produced at Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse and The Wilma Theater. Her most recent film “The Owls,” co-written with director Cheryl Dunye, premiered at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, in the Panorama. Their second project, “Mommy Is Coming,” is in post-production after shooting in Berlin. Awards include Guggenheim, Fulbright and 2 American Library Association Book Awards. Sarah is a Professor in the City University of New York, a Fellow at The NY Institute for the Humanities at NYU and on the advisory council of the Carr Center for Human Rights and Social Movements at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Lonely Hunter” is based on her play, “Carson McCullers,” developed at Sundance Theater Lab and produced by Playwrights Horizons.

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar. She has produced a number of documentaries focused on social themes, including the award-winning 2008 film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” which discovered and shared with the world the little-known story of how a small band of women dared to break barriers of gender and politics in Liberia and end a century of entrenched civil war. The film inspired her to form Peace is Loud (peaceisloud.org), an organization that supports female voices and international

peace-building through nonviolent means. Her current project, “Women, War & Peace,” is in production for PBS Wide Angle by her production company, Fork Films. Fork Films LLC is a film production company based in New York City founded in 2007 dedicated to the development and production of films that move, inspire and enlighten. “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” was Fork Film's first production.


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