Okay, kids! Here’s an exclusive for you cats that is so naughty that it’s nice! We have the red band trailer premiere for the upcoming cinéma vérité effort Lucky Bastard, which managed to garner itself the dreaded NC-17 rating. Check it out!
From the Press Release
Gotham-based indie film distribution company CAVU Pictures will be releasing the NC-17 “found footage” feature film LUCKY BASTARD in theatres nationwide, beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, in New York City at the Cinema Village (22 E. 2th Street, NY, NY 10003), and March 7, 2014, in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601). The film will expand into additional cities throughout the spring.
LUCKY BASTARD is the story of a shy young man who wins a contest to have sex with a famous porn star on an adult website. When the young man arrives at the porno house/set location, his every move is captured on the numerous “reality television-style” wallcams that are spread out everywhere in the house. It is the found footage from these cameras that tells the story of the inevitable and horrifying reality of what actually happened.
At the center of the story are: Mike (Don McManus), who owns the “Lucky Bastard” website; his top porn star Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue); and Dave G. (Jay Paulson), the unsuspecting shy young man who wins the contest.
The “Lucky Bastard” employees treat their work matter-of-factly. Mike once clearly had more serious artistic ambitions, but now he runs the company and directs all of the “Lucky Bastard” website’s content. Ashley, the website’s most popular performer, initially refuses to participate because she knows the winner will be humiliated by the experience but ultimately gives in when offered extra money. And the contest winner, Dave, an unassuming and shy young man, finds himself driven by shame and humiliation into committing the most horrifying acts imaginable.
The cast of LUCKY BASTARD includes veteran performers known for their work in movies, TV, and theatre, including Jay Paulson (familiar to audiences as Don Draper’s brother, Adam Whitman, in “Mad Men”), Don McManus (Grand Piano, Lovelace, The Congress), and lead actress Betsy Rue (best known from the horror hit My Bloody Valentine).
LUCKY BASTARD crosses many genres—drama, comedy, suspense thriller, horror—without entirely belonging to any of them and implicitly comments on a society in which pornography is not only a common part of modern life but also a mirror reflecting the nature of intimacy in today’s world. The movie also reshapes in unpredictable ways the recent cinematic convention of “found footage.”
The director and co-writer of LUCKY BASTARD is veteran television writer-producer Robert Nathan, best known for his Emmy-nominated work on “Law & Order,” and who is also an award-winning novelist and journalist. Executive producer and co-writer Lukas Kendall is the founder and publisher of Film Score Monthly, a magazine, website, and CD label devoted to movie music. Since 1996 he has produced and released more than 250 CDs of classic film & TV music.
Executive producer and co-writer Kendall said: “Director Robert Nathan and I made a movie that takes place inside the world of pornography—but is not pornographic. It is actually a very personal story about humiliation and revenge, told against the backdrop of the adult film industry and in the thriller/horror tradition. In fact we knew we were walking a very fine line with the subject and style of LUCKY BASTARD so we felt strongly that not everyone should be allowed to see the film. That’s why we actively sought out an NC-17 rating as both the best way for us to signal our artistic intentions and to demonstrate our real desire to make a specific type of film for a specific audience.”
CAVU’s co-founder/president of distribution Isil Bagdadi said: “As an indie film distributor, it’s been challenging working on a film that already had an NC-17 rating attached to it when we came on board. More than once we considered dropping the rating altogether, instead of having to adhere to the continual changes that the MPAA wanted us to make to our marketing materials, which for an indie film can be quite expensive. But the filmmakers felt strongly that they wanted an NC-17 rating so that they could keep their vision as raw and cutting edge as possible, so we just made it happen.”
CAVU’s president Michael Sergio added: “We’re excited to be releasing an indie film as unique and daring as LUCKY BASTARD. The filmmakers fought to make the film they wanted; now CAVU will fight to give it the release it deserves.”
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