ABOUT "JUDY" - A distinct original story that acts as a post-script for two characters
from a revered classic film, JUDY is an homage to films of the 50s; both the kitsch aspects (women sleeping and waking
up in full make-up, the hightened prose speech, the sheltered attitudes), and the strong influence of adult women presented
in the films of that period. JUDY aims at a synthesis of that world where women were given only one proper road to "success",
a road that wasn't always available. Influenced strongly by the lyrical visuals of Asian film artists, and his
study of Geisha culture, Writer/Director J.M. Prater catches parallels between those rarified creatures and the
closed world of women in the 1950s United States, where a husband and consumerism were the commodities of the day.
Multi-talented Mr. Prater, also Director of Photography and Set Designer, and Costumer Athena Gibson-Degare have worked
together to create a look and atmosphere that is rigorously in tune with the original, legitimately vintage, but
also incorporating an artisticly literate, dream-like quality of Judy's life and mind. Ultimately, J.M. Prater
says that this story is about confinement. Having been raised in an environment where compliance and confinement
was a cultural part of his youth, he hopes to ellucidate JUDY's enclosed world as both a restrictive prison and a chosen escape. In
a white world where McCarthyism made people afraid to veer off their regular track, JUDY is offered a limited set of choices.
Wouldn't you look for a different way out?
This is a production of J.M. Prater
in association with Doggerel Productions.
J.M. PRATER - writer/director/editor/producer
Mr. Prater graduated from film school in Chicago.
He has a fine arts background, and brings this vision to his work. He recently did Assistant Directing and Editing on the
feature film "Amy Semple McPherson" by writer/director/actor Richard Rossi. Mr. Prater recently completed editing on a pilot
for Comedy Central Network.
GEREL PRODUCTIONS - Co-producers
Officially established in 2004, this group has previously produced stage, nightclub and
gallery shows, as well as Publicity for many years. We're delighted to be working with an artist of Mr. Prater's vision, and
such an experienced, talented cast.
|RICHARD ROSSI as the Svengali-like GAVIN
and Performed by: David Thiele
Costumes & Wig Styling:
Miss Russell's Hair Color: Jessica Leggewie
Make-Up: Carlton Coleman
Script Analysis: John Banach
Original Portrait: J.M. Prater
Andrew and Heather Ettinger
"JUDY" is currently in post-production. Anyone wishing to help finance the production can
contact the producers by clicking this link:
email The Producers