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ENSEMBLE FEATURE MODERN LOVE COMMENCES PRODUCTION IN LA


 

PRODUCTION COMMENCES IN L.A. ON MODERN LOVE

STARRING ANTHONY RAPP, JONATHAN BENNETT, ALYSON HANNIGAN, THOMAS DEKKER, ALONA TAL, SAM ANDERSON, LEE GARLINGTON, MACKENZIE ASTIN, & HUTCHI HANCOCK

FEATURE FILM WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY JOSHUA TUNICK

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 17, 2015) – Principal photography has commenced on the ensemble film MODERN LOVE.  The film centers on an intimate group of friends and family who gather at the home of two gay men (Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett) to celebrate their nuptials.  When the wedding hits a snag, this group helps the grooms to see that gay or straight, all marriages have their challenges, and love is just the start. 

 

Starring alongside Rapp (RENT) and Bennett (Mean Girls), are Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street,) Alona Tal (Hand of God,) Sam Anderson (Forrest Gump), Lee Garlington (One Hour Photo,) Mackenzie Astin (In Love and War,) and Hutchi Hancock (Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.)  The film is written and directed by Joshua Tunick, and produced by Eric Kops, Joshua Tunick and Dave Perkal.  Perkal also serves as the Director of Photography.

 

This intimate, independently financed feature film addresses one of today’s most prominent issues in the U.S. - gay marriage.  At a time when 36 states have legal same-sex marriage, 13 ban it, and Alabama is not clear on the issue; the film couldn’t be more topical, especially as we head into an election year.  While this is obviously a film about gay marriage, the intention is to remove the importance of the “gay” or “straight” descriptor and tell a story about the importance of the commitment of marriage.  Presenting the story in this way, with these universal themes and issues, makes a statement without saying a word – in love we are all the same.

 

Writer/director Joshua Tunick graduated in 1999 from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film and Television, and a minor in Philosophy. His award-winning documentaries ("Naked Pavement," "Scars Don’t Sweat," and "Mr. Smithereen Goes To Washington") have screened at over fifty international film festivals, with "Naked Pavement" receiving the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film & Video Festival, as well as a Student Academy Award nomination. Tunick acted as producer, director, cinematographer, and editor on all three films. In addition to his work in film, Tunick holds a masters degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, and is a licensed architect.  He splits his time between Los Angeles and Bangor, Maine where he lives with his wife of 13 years and two young children.

 

Producer Eric Kops has been working in film marketing and publicity for over 24 years.  He began his career working on independent films handling the PR for dozens of movies at film festivals including: Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and SXSW.   Additionally, Kops headed up the publicity departments at MGM/United Artists, Paramount Pictures, and Summit Entertainment.  He handled the publicity campaigns for several franchise pictures including all of The Twilight Saga films, Divergent, Mission Impossible 3, the James Bond series (with Pierce Brosnan), Legally Blonde, Barbershop, and RED.  He also launched other successful films including Source Code, Letters to Juliet, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as The Hurt Locker, which won six Oscars® including “Best Picture.”