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Indie Spotlight: The Deal – A Short Film from Daniel Kaminsky

24 August 2013 9:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If you're going to cut your teeth on the Hollywood scene, there are few better filmmakers to align your stars with than Joss Whedon.  Such was the case for Daniel Kaminsky, an assistant to Whedon on The Avengers and a co-producer of the Shakespearean film, Much Ado About Nothing.  Now, Kaminsky has his own original piece in mind, but he needs a little help to get the production off the ground.  His short film, The Deal, is a supernatural thriller that sees former friends become bitter enemies as their dreams turn to nightmares over the course of a single night.  Sound like something you'd be interested in?  Hit the jump to find out more! You can check out more details on the production of The Deal, along with the levels of donations and related swag, at the project's IndieGoGo page here.  Or, hear it all from Kaminsky himself in this »

- Dave Trumbore

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Kickstart This: Short Party Film 'The Deal' From 'Much Ado' Producer

2 August 2013 9:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we'd like to turn your attention to a short film project called The Deal, which takes an intriguing look at what happens when a group of estranged friends meet at a party and discover their old dynamic isn't exactly the way they remembered. There's a hint of menace here that makes it seem more memorable than your standard reunion story, so read on for more, take a look at their pitch, leave a comment, and don't forget to donate if you can. The story of Daniel Kaminsky's The Deal follows Bryce, a 19-year-old former athlete who had to miss his senior year of high school because of a car accident. His buddy Hector took over as starting quarterback and »

- Ben Pearson

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Fund This Film: Make a ‘Deal’ With Joss Whedon’s Assistant

27 July 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One might imagine that it wouldn’t be hard for someone with proximity to one of Hollywood’s most newly profitable filmmakers to get some money to make a short film. A simple phone call to a few friends from the red carpet and you’ve got more than you need. That sort of logic shows a fundamental lack of understanding about how this business works. Just because someone is Joss Whedon’s assistant and co-producer on Much Ado About Nothing, it doesn’t mean people are going to line up to throw cash at their first attempt to become a filmmaker. But after you hear this pitch from newcomer (and red carpet photo bomber) Daniel Kaminsky, you might throw a little money at him. Because everybody has a dream, and this one sounds a little twisted. The project, called The Deal, would be Kaminsky’s directorial debut — it’s a short he wants to make with »

- Neil Miller

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to Open Seattle Film Festival

8 April 2013 1:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”  adaptation will be the Seattle International Film Festival’s opening night film on May 16.

Whedon is scheduled to attend, along with stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg.

Lionsgate  acquired North American distribution rights to “Much Ado About Nothing” following its premiere in September at the Toronto Film Fest. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have set a June 7 release for New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, followed by an expansion on June 21.

Whedon’s version of the Shakespeare comedy, with a contemporary spin, also stars  Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher and Reed Diamond.

Kai Cole and Whedon produced “Much Ago” through Bellwether Pictures, with Daniel Kaminsky as co-producer. The film was shot in 12 days, using the original text, after Whedon completed principal photography for Marvel’s “The Avengers” and was contractually obligated to take time off before continuing with post-production. »

- Dave McNary

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