Just in time for election season to get real, production has begun in Los Angeles on the political comedy Swing State. Written and directed by Jonathan Sheldon, the farce follows DJ Ethan Smith, host of a Seattle-based public music radio program whose fortunes pick up when he takes over a Conservative talk show. Creating a fictional Republican persona, “Charles Fern,” what starts as a one-time absurdity turns into a ratings goldmine as Fern is hailed by listeners as a tough talker and Smith finds himself becoming nationally famous. As a Gubernatorial election heats up, the former Rock DJ’s personal life is turned into a series of misdaventures.
It stars Alex Beh as Ethan Smith/Charles Fern, along with Billy Zane, Sean Astin, and Taryn Manning, with the ensemble cast rounded out by Ted Levine, Jake Busey, Angela Kinsey, Elaine Hendrix, Parry Shen, Richard Riehle, Mark L. Young, Nick Loeb, and Richard Portnow. Sheldon makes his feature directorial debut and also produces alongside Adam Falkoff, Arthur Bernstein, Ken Pietro, Doug Magellan, and Diego Espana. Swing State is a Thunk Enterprises and Circle 4 Entertainment production.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired Crazy About Tiffany’s, a documentary about Tiffany & Co. written and directed by Matthew Miele, and will release the film in the U.S. and Canada in select theaters and on VOD beginning February 19. As part of the deal, Gravitas is partnering with Tugg.com, a web-based platform that allows consumers to bring movies to their own local theater for fan or group screenings, in over 50 markets.
Crazy About Tiffany’s examines the brand’s history and its impact on popular culture, along with insights from celebrities and stylists including Jessica Biel, Baz Luhrmann, Katie Couric and Rachel Zoe. The film looks at how the brand, which opened as a jewelry store in New York City in 1837, became world famous. A Quixotic Endeavors production, it’s produced by Justin Bare, with Stephen McCarthy and Clive Gershon executive producing. The deal was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher from Gravitas Ventures and by Linzee Troubh from Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.