“Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney” Has Los Angeles Debut at the 2008 Mockfest Film Festival
“Desperately Seeking Paul
McCartney” will have its Los Angeles Debut at the 2008 Mockfest film
festival on Sunday, May 18 at 5pm. The film will screen at the Vine
Theatre, 6321 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA, 90028.
The comedy documentary is the story of Ruth Anson, who in 1965 was a teenage reporter for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. While doing an interview with The Beatles at Capitol Records, Ruth asked Paul McCartney if he had any plans for marriage. His on camera response was…“Only if you’ll marry me.” More than forty years later, now married, a mother and a college professor, Ruth contemplates, “What if I had said, yes?”
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With photo in hand, Ruth goes to a pitch session on screenwriting and tells her story to a panel of professionals. Their response is initially mixed, until an opportunist director/producer, Marc Cushman, decides to take on the project.
In the spirit of reality TV, he has a camera crew follow Ruth. She goes to her old haunts and tracks down previous interviewees, but no one will allow her in the door or grant her an on camera interview. He decides to set her up with a Paul impersonator, to practice for the big interview, but the Fake Paul thinks she’s crazy. He then goes to his shrink and sends her to a session, just to confirm both of their sanities, but the shrink stops returning his phone calls. He gets her beauty and fashion advice, which she refuses to listen to and, on top of that, they are refused press passes for the Grammy’s where they know McCartney will be in attendance. Faced with mounting production costs, which include paying for the original news clip, Ruth’s unsupportive family, and unable to locate a local address for Sir Paul, Cushman is forced to realize that this documentary is well on its way to becoming a real dud. That is, until he has a brainstorm. He will manipulate it into a real life on-camera embarrassment for Ruth, but in the eleventh hour a ‘larger than life’ character comes to her rescue and helps her to succeed in “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney.”
The cast also includes Susan Osborn Templeton as the Production Coordinator, Ryan James as the 2nd Unit Director, Shay Burbridge as PA #1, Yvonne Yao as PA #2, Kathryn “Kat” Farren as PA #3, Dr. Lynn Meek as The Shrink, Joe Giamalva as the Fashion Expert and Jeff Toczynski as the Paul McCartney Impersonator.
Award-winning actor/singer/songwriter Alan Bernhoft (“The Jekyll and Hyde Rock ‘N Roll Musical”) provided five songs for the motion picture soundtrack. They are “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby,” “Playdate,” “Everything Is Fine,” “Magic Everywhere” and “Be Mr. Nice.” Bernhoft has performed in numerous Beatles Tribute Shows, portraying John Lennon and in 2006 was awarded ‘Artist of the Year’ by the Evolving Artist Network. “Dear Paul” was written by Marc Cushman and Jeff Toczynski.
“Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney” was recently screened at the 1st Annual Fallbrook Film Festival. BRI is the broadcast and international licensing agent, and MVD (Music Video Distributors) is scheduled to release the DVD this summer.
For ticket information and full festival schedule log on to www.mockfilmfest.com. For more information on “Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney,” log on to www.myspace.com/dearpaul.