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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

S.F. Director Nick Katsapetse's END OF GRACE in preproduction

My SFSU cinematography prof, Larry Smith, used to say in class : failure to prepare, is preparing to fail. San Francisco Writer-director Nick Katsapetses didn't go to SFSU (he went to the S.F. Art Institute), but he sure as heck must have heard Larry Smith's quote. He has been writing and rewriting his script for his third feature THE END OF GRACE for three years, and the results show for themselves. The screenplay has won three writing competition awards and attracted Bay Area producer Brian Benson and a "first look" deal with Sony Pictures Classics..once the "package" is together. Illeana Douglas will be starring in the $1.5 million production in this comedy about a dysfunctional family...Katsapetses is spending most of his time in L.A. tweaking the script and garnering star support (Brian Cox and Stockard Channing are looking it over). No stars = no money. What a long way from his first two critically acclaimed $10,000 features JOY OF SMOKING and GET OVER IT. No failure to prepare here, that's for sure.....more later.

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