GOOD LUCK (IN FARSI) | 2017
Directed by JESSICA CUMMINGS
Written by NEIL LABUTE
World Premiere | June 10, 2017 (Lighthouse International Film Festival)
Running Time: 18 Minutes (Color)
Filmed on location in Staten Island, New York
A comic tale of two actresses vying for the same role on a television show. They sit in a casting office waiting their respective turns while looking for ways to psych each other out before their auditions. A humorous glimpse at the small, bitter rivalries we all share in life.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
JESSICA CUMMINGS (Director)
Jessica Cummings is NYC based actress, award-winning film producer, and acting coach. As an actress, she has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally, as well as in major television shows and films. Most recently, Jessica was seen in Therese Raquin on Broadway (starring Kiera Knightley) and can be seen in the upcoming films Astraea and Gold (starring Matthew McConaughey).
As an acting coach, she works under the mentorship of Bob Krakower and is a head teacher at The Freeman Studio. Her clients include include many successful actors in both television and film.
GOOD LUCK (IN FARSI) marks Jessica's directorial debut.
GIA CROVATIN (Kate)
Gia Crovatin is a New York City-based actor and producer. Some recent television credits include Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Billions (Showtime), Van Helsing (SyFy), Younger (TVLand), Benders (IFC), Billy & Billie (DirecTV), The Good Wife (CBS) and Hell On Wheels (AMC). Gia most recently appeared opposite Matthew Broderick in Neil LaBute’s film Dirty Weekend and in the final installment of Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle trilogy. Other film credits include The Depths, Finding Her, Seven Lovers, Sure Thing, BFF, and My America.
On stage, Gia was recently seen in Trevor Nunn’s first American Shakespeare production of Pericles opposite Christian Camargo at Theatre For a New Audience in Brooklyn. Prior to that, Gia was in MCC’s production of Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot, reasons to be pretty and Reasons To Be Happy (LA Theatreworks), Good Luck [In Farsi] (59e59), In The Beginning (Theatre Row), Lovely Head (LaMama), and others.
Gia graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Theatre Arts and American Studies and also trained in London at the British American Drama Academy. She is a proud union member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
In 2016, Gia and her friend and colleague Elizabeth Masucci founded In the Meantime Productions. GOOD LUCK (IN FARSI) is their inaugural film production.
ELIZABETH MASUCCI (Paige)
Elizabeth is a New York City-based actor, producer, and director. Her first passion in the performing arts was ballet, which she studied until moving to New York City to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Most recently, she starred as a series regular alongside Edward Burns on the TV series Public Morals (TNT) produced by Steven Spielberg. Other recent television credits include Person Of Interest (CBS), Elementary (CBS), The Americans (FX), Royal Pains (USA), and The Carrie Diaries (CW).
In film, she can be seen in a supporting role in Steve McQueen’s Shame starring Michael Fassbender. Other films include The Brooklyn Banker alongside Paul Sorvino, B- Side, The Idea Of Manhood, and Half Brother.
On stage, Elizabeth was recently seen in Neil LaBute’s new play called After The Wedding (59e59).
As a director and producer, she is currently creating a poetry short film anthology series. Her first short was based on the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou starring Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black, The Color Purple).
And she also co-founded a production company called In the Meantime Productions with her friend and colleague Gia Crovatin. Their first production is a film adaptation of the play GOOD LUCK (IN FARSI) by Neil LaBute.
TONYE PATANO (Deb)
Tonye has garnered multiple nominations and awards for her performances on stage and screen. She appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway. Recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include; Father Comes Home From The Wars, Blood Quilt and The Last Goodbye. Tonye starred in the National Tour of Legends and the award winning play Ruined (recognized by the Critics Association for Best Actress).
Film work includes roles in The Hurricane, The Savages, Little Manhattan, The Taking of Pelham 123, Every Secret Thing, Time Out of Mind, Jack of The Red Hearts, How To Tell You’re A Douchebag and the upcoming features Good Luck: In Farsi & Roxanne, Roxanne.
Her extensive TV credits include a recent guest stars on Sneaky Pete, Elementary,The Blacklist, a series regular in the independent pilot Bennie’s and recurring roles on the upcoming series Brooklyn Animal Control One Life To Live, Law & Order: SVU, The Americans and most notably as series regular Heylia James on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Weeds.
Gia Crovatin & Elizabeth Masucci (In The Meantime Productions)
In 2016, friends and colleagues Gia Crovatin and Elizabeth Masucci founded In The Meantime Productions as a way to create content for themselves and others during free time in their acting careers. Upon formation of the company, a factor of utmost importance to both Crovatin and Masucci was being able to showcase different realities of the female experience through various projects in a variety of mediums. Using these ventures as a springboard, both women now have the opportunity to continue growing as actors while simultaneously exploring the wearing of different creative hats. In addition, Crovatin and Masucci feel compelled to open up opportunities on their projects for both cast and crew members (including more women, more ethnic diversity, and people across the age spectrum).
As artists, Crovatin and Masucci feel that the most interesting part of the creative process is figuring out the 'why' behind people's thoughts and deeds. Across the disciplines of film, television, theatre, and new media content, In The Meantime seeks to tell stories that shed a light on the very human and honest ways we all try to justify our actions to others, and most importantly, to ourselves.
GOOD LUCK (IN FARSI) was the perfect inaugural production for In The Meantime, as Crovatin and Masucci (who both appeared in the New York stage version in 2013) wanted to showcase the complex female dynamics, the inner workings of the entertainment industry, and the substantive writing of the piece. In the film, themes of ambition, competition, and jealousy create interesting obstacles for two actresses who are vying for the same role on a network television show. The finished picture is a sharp and savvy satire on the cutthroat process of casting and the lengths that some people will go to on their quest to succeed.
Crovatin and Masucci are very proud of their first film production and look forward to creating many more projects in the near future.
filmmakers & crew
Director • Jessica Cummings
Writer • Neil LaBute
Producers • Gia Crovatin, Elizabeth Masucci
Executive Producers • Neil LaBute, J.J. Kandel, Jeffrey S. Gould
Cinematographer • Ming Hu
Production Designer • Rebecca Lord-Surratt
Editor • Brian Kamerzel
Wardrobe Supervisor • Rebecca Lord-Surratt
Casting • Marcia DeBonis, Amy Christopher
Production Sound • Eugene Kim
1st Assistant Camera • Rob Ko
2nd Assistant Camera • Brett Checkelsky
Key Grip • Ben Logan
Gaffer • Ryen Tetzloff
Hair • Hilary Shawn
Makeup • Emily Amick
Still Photographer • Brian Kamerzel
Production Assistants • Amanda Kim, Dennis Ragone, Andrea Masucci
Color Grading • Post Pro Gumbo
Colorist • Alan Louis Gordon
Color Grading Producers • John Senior, Brian J. Leitten
Audio Post House • Goldcrest Films
Re-recording Mixer • Michael Suarez
Andrew & Janet Massuci
Jennifer & Jordan Crovatin
Tommy Savin Jr.
Prompt Direct Inc.
Montalbano's Italian Food Specialty
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