30th October 2014

Lloyd Kaufman Makes Cameo in Award-Winning Film of his “Produce Your Own Damn Movie” Co-Author

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Running with a “Best Comedy” win at both the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival and the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival, as well as an “Outstanding Achievement in Editing” (Steven Tyler) Independent Vision Award win at VISIONFEST 14, indie film Chasing Taste features a great cameo from Lloyd Kaufman as John Paul. Chasing Taste tells the story of a down-and-out novelist who is transformed overnight into NYC’s next big food critic. On the cusp of fame and fortune, the writer turned food critic suddenly loses his sense of taste and smell in a freak accident, forcing him to rely on a team of super “smellers” and tasters to help him fake his reviews. The screenplay is written by Lori Fischer and produced by Ashley Wren Collins, Maitely Weismann and Sean Gannet. The picture also marks the feature film directorial debut of Sean Gannet.

Producer Ashley Wren Collins co-wrote Produce Your Own Damn Movie! (Focal Press, 2009) with the Troma Entertainment B-movie king and creator of The Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman, who appears in the film along with country music superstar Phil Vassar, April Wilkner (America’s Next Top Model), Joseph R. Gannascoli (The Sopranos), Kevin Brown (30 Rock), and Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), as well as several Broadway veterans. Collins and Kaufman will both be at the American Film Market in Los Angeles next week, representing Chasing Taste and Troma, respectively. Says Kaufman on the importance of making indie films and regarding Collins and the Chasing Taste team, “If there are to be visionary movies that are game changers, they’re not coming from the $200,000,000 Troma-type movies now being made by the media oligarchy. Truly inspiring cinema will come from the young independent artist working on her own damn movie, outside the mainstream and expressing what is in her heart.”

Chasing Taste is unique in that a cast and crew were assembled and locations were set before the script was penned. “When this process began, I didn’t even know I’d be directing a romantic comedy. Every member of our team put their trust in each other; the result is a celebration,” says the film’s Director/Producer Sean Gannet.

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