ACT Against Violence partners with thriller “Last Day on Earth”
HollywoodNews.com: Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Deborah Hoffman, immediately took interest in the film “Last Day On Earth,” in which her daughter Tara Shayne stars, after reading the script. Dr. Hoffman says “I believe the subject content of this film is a perfect springboard for alerting the public on a larger scale about the need for early education in preventing bullying and violence among youth, as I have seen first hand in the correction system, the devastating effects violence has on both the victims and the perpetrators.” She continues: “‘Last Day on Earth’ provides a socially relevant platform stressing the need for tolerance and anti-violence in the 21st century.”
Producer and actress Kristen Dalton (“The Departed” and “The Perfect Family”) also stars in this highly anticipated coming of age sci-fi thriller, “The Last Day on Earth,” along with Justin Hanlon (“W hore”/”The Inner Circle”), Tara Shayne (“Drama Kings”), Justin Deeley (“Couples Retreat”), Christina Corigliano (“Devolved”) and Bellamy Young (“Mission Impossible III”/”Dirty Sexy Money”), and introducing 14 year old Franny Hocking, was primarily shot in Los Angeles.
Established actress Kristen Dalton along with fellow producers, Jesse Uram, Ryan Finnerty (who also co-wrote) with writer/director Uri Niv, present an edgy and indie psychological sci-fi thriller that follows the tortured mind of Miles Bennell (Hanlon) a mentally unstable high school student, who witnesses a meteor shower late one night. After visiting the impact site of a meteorite, Miles suspects that his schoolmates, specifically the popular kids that bully him regularly (Deeley and Corigliano), are being taken over and transformed into something alien and terrifying. With the pressing threat of a full-scale invasion, Miles desperately tries to save Emily (Shayne), his classmate crush, as his mind quickly begins confusing reality with delusion.
Producer Dalton says: “Our team is very excited to welcome the partnership with ACT, as they are an important national organization for adults and children. This is such an intense, and amazing story, thanks to a wonderfully written and edgy script by Ryan and Uri which we feel will resonate with today’s break-neck pace of uncertainty and desire to fit in, be accepted, and be a part of a society, that, at times feels hostile and disconnected, for kids and adults alike.”
Writer/Director Uri Niv comes from a long line of filmmakers; his parents have won prizes at both the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. After completing his three year service in the Israeli Defence Force, Niv moved to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious UCLA film school. While at UCLA he was awarded both the Glicksman scholarship for young filmmakers and the exclusive Wasserman fellowship.
Niv enthuses about the project: “‘Last Day on Earth’ has been such a labour of love for all of us. I’m just so excited to see it being brought to life by this amazing cast and crew. I feel lucky to direct such dedicated staff who have been literally working day and night to get this film not only made, but made well.”
Writer/Producer Ryan Finnerty, a recent UCLA Film School alum, is already an award-winning screenwriter with several full-length screenplays optioned, most notably the dark comedy “The World Loves Giants” presently in development with an Academy Award nominated production house, and “Rogue River,” a horror film scheduled for a 2011 release. Having worked together previously, Finnerty fostered a relationship with producer Jesse Uram, an alumni of the University of Southern California. For the past two years, Uram has been primarily working in independent film development.
“Last Day on Earth” has just wrapped production and can soon be seen on the festival circuit with partnering organization ACT Against Violence.
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