Strangers in a Book, is one of the films I’m acting in, is making its world premiere at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. The other two films making their world premieres at AOF are Seeking Valentina and Natural Born Filmmakers. This film is nominated for Best Guerilla short film at AOF. Keeping fingers and toes crossed!
This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the sense of community at this festival. I ran into so many filmmaker and actor friends as well as colleagues in the media.
This film follows the journey of Sara (whom I portrayed), a hip and melancholic Iranian-American, who finds a misplaced book in a café. Intrigued by its contents, but unable to find the owner, she decides to interview the people in the notebook to decipher the identity of the mysterious man. The strangers whom she meets, considered the dregs of society, tell Sara stories about the enigmatic owner of the book, who is considered both diabolical and kind. In her relentless pursuit of the ultimate stranger, Sara is thus plunged into the horror of the unknown, where reality merges with art, and where existence itself is questioned.
Some of the characters Sara meets along the way are an ensemble of noted actors such as Jon Mack (Saw VI, The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma), Christy McGinity Gibel (Little Women: LA), Carl Bressler (Battlefield, The Usual Suspects), Kristin West (Circus of the Dead, Seeking Valentina), Marv Blauvelt (Jurassic City), Candy Fuentes, Pooneh Navab and a special cameo appearance by writer-producer Pedram Navab.
The film enlists bands from the hip and progressive Italians Do it Better label, such as Chromatics, Desire, and Johnny Jewel which really add to the style of the film.
Working on Strangers In a Book was an interesting experience and I learned so much as I also wore a producer hat on this one in addition to playing the lead role. And it was shot entirely in black and white!
At the Q and A, the audience likened Pedram’s script to that of the works of esteemed filmmakers like David Lynch and Lars Von Trier, which he found very flattering. They also thought the varied characters were so representative of the randomness of people and life in Los Angeles and loved the soundtrack.
More info about this film at https://www.facebook.com/StrangersInABook