Tuesday, February 23, 2010

'The New Tenants' co-producer Erika Hampson, up for award

Root for the hometown girl on Oscar night

When you watch the Oscars telecast on March 7, look carefully. You could see a Cumberland native on the stage making an acceptance speech.

"It's fantastic," says Erika Hampson. "It's amazing that we're going this far with it."

"The New Tenants," which Hampson co-produced, is among five films nominated in the Shorts category for an Academy Award.

The film stars Vincent D'Onofrio, perhaps best known for his role as the quirky detective Bobby Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

"I moved to New York right after college and got really lucky," says the 32-year-old Cumberland High graduate. "I started as a production assistant on 'Criminal Intent.'"

As the first-team production assistant, she dealt with all the principal actors. "I would take them through their day, greet them in the morning, get them into hair and makeup, make sure they had what they needed. And I got to know Vincent very well."

When D'Onofrio opened a production company, he invited Hampson to join him as an assistant, "with the promise that I'd become a producer."

Over the summer of 2008, Hampson produced a feature film which D'Onofrio directed - a "slasher/musical" called "Don't Go into the Woods."

"It's not as cheesy as most musicals tend to be," says Hampson with a chuckle. It features a band that retreats to the woods in search of inspiration for their new album. A bunch of groupies follow them, and, oh yeah, there's a maniac out there. "People go into the woods, they sing, they die."

One good thing that came out of the movie was Hampson's relationship with Sam Bisbee, who wrote all the music for the film. "Two months after finishing, Sam called to say he had his hands on the script for 'The New Tenants,' and wondered if I'd be interested in helping him produce it."

Hampson refers to it as "a little in-house family project. A very low budget. We pulled in a lot of favors." D'Onofrio agreed to play a role, and convinced another actor, Kevin Corrigan, to join the cast. By the end of 2008, production was complete.

"We had a discussion on how to get it qualified for the Oscars," said Hampson. "It had to show commercially in two theaters. There are 10 or 20 theaters throughout the U.S. that are Oscar-qualifying theaters."

They found two theaters in Los Angeles that agreed to show the film. From there, it was a simple application process.

"Eighty or 90 short films qualified," says Hampson. "We found out this past December that we were on a short list of 10. So we knew for a month or so that we had a 50-50 shot." Full article

Thanks Jenn!

**Rhode Island native Erika Hampson has also produced the short film, "Ipso Facto" with Vincent D'Onofrio.


fuzzytweetie said...

I'm unable to see the full article :(

thereel said...

Sorry! It's fixed.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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