DIANE LANE, TIM ROBBINS AND JAMES GANDOLFINI STAR IN HBO FILMS' "CINEMA VERITE," A DRAMATIC LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY "AN AMERICAN FAMILY" DEBUTING IN APRIL
Patrick Fugit, Kathleen Quinlan, Lolita Davidovich,
Shanna Collins And Thomas Dekker Also Star
HBO Films Presents A Pariah Production;
Directed By Shari Springer Berman And Robert Pulcini;
Written By David Seltzer;
Gavin Polone And Zanne Devine Executive Produce;
Karyn McCarthy Produces
In 1973, the Loud family became a television sensation of a new kind. It was long before a metal rock star showed his eccentric family on the small screen and decades before housewives had screaming matches with each other on camera in public.
CINEMA VERITE tells the behind-the-scenes story of the groundbreaking documentary "An American Family," which chronicled the lives of the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to notoriety while creating a new television genre: the reality TV series. Oscar(R), Golden Globe and Emmy(R) nominee Diane Lane ("Secretariat," "Unfaithful"), Oscar(R) and Golden Globe winner Tim Robbins ("Mystic River," "Dead Man Walking") and Golden Globe and Emmy(R) winner James Gandolfini ("Where the Wild Things Are," HBO's "The Sopranos") star in the HBO Films presentation, directed by Oscar(R) nominees Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("The Nanny Diaries," HBO's "American Splendor") and written by David Seltzer ("The Omen," "Punchline"). CINEMA VERITE is scheduled to debut in April.
The film also stars Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous," "Saved!"), Kathleen Quinlan ("Apollo 13," "A Civil Action"), Lolita Davidovich ("Hollywood Homicide," "Gods and Monsters"), Shanna Collins ("Swingtown," "In My Sleep") and Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "A Nightmare On Elm Street").
CINEMA VERITE is an HBO Films presentation of a Pariah Production; Gavin Polone ("Gilmore Girls," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Zanne Devine ("Easy A," "The Guardian") executive produce; Karyn McCarthy ("Syriana," HBO's "John Adams") produces.
"An American Family" was a total departure from the television shows of the time when it aired in 1973, and brought public scrutiny to a family unprepared for the consequences. The cameras put the Louds in the spotlight as the parents (Diane Lane, Tim Robbins) struggled with their marriage while raising their children. In particular, Pat was criticized for her support of her openly gay son Lance (Thomas Dekker) at a time when homosexuality was rarely represented on television.
CINEMA VERITE gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the original PBS series was created by filmmaker Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini). While he aimed to have an impact on culture, he also felt that the family's struggles were relatable to many Americans in a way that the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family were not. The crew of Alan and Susan Raymond (Patrick Fugit, Shanna Collins) spent seven months filming the family in 1971 and were often at odds with Gilbert about what content was appropriate to film.
Principal photography was completed in Southern California, with additional filming in New York City, in summer 2010. HBO Films vice president Tara Grace and director of development Jennifer Soskin are the executives in charge of production.