About the Film

Synopsis

JARED (Kelly Blatz) is released from prison and finds hospitality in the hands of his cellmate’s sister, JAMIE (Joelle Carter), a struggling star in the porn industry. After stealing the camera from a local paparazzi, STEPHAN SNIE (Mark Boone Jr.), Jared is caught in a world of celebrity and sleaze; he meets teen sensation HOPE LARSON (Laura-Leigh) and attends Thanksgiving dinner with Jamie’s “co-stars,” creating an entangled love triangle, in a film that proves that everyone in Los Angeles is lost.

Production Notes

LOST ANGELES was shot on a mix of REDMX and Canon EOS 5D Mark II, over 32 days in Los Angeles, California in 2010 and 2011.
The working title of the film was “City of Jerks.”
After principal photography was completed in October of 2010 pickup shots were filmed in April of 2011.

Timeline

  • Script Development: May 2010
  • Pre-Production Start Date: June 2010
  • Principal Photography Start Date: July 20, 2010
  • Principal Photography End Date: October 2, 2010
  • Pickups Start Date: April 19, 2011
  • Pickups End Date: April 26, 2011
  • Total Days of Shooting: 32
  • Film Completion Date: May 22, 2012

Shooting Location

Los Angeles, California

Shooting Format

Feature film shot on HD video using a combination of REDMX and Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Final Aspect ratio – 2:1

The Cast

Joelle Carter
Joelle Carter (Jamie)
Kelly Blatz
Kelly Blatz (Jared)
Laura Leigh
Laura Leigh (Hope Larson)
Mark Boone Junior
Mark Boone Junior (Stefan Snie)
Val Lauren
Val Lauren (Mickey B)
Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton (Bruce)
John Edward Lee
John Edward Lee (Will)

The Crew

Phedon Papamichael
Phedon Papamichael (Director/Producer)
Chris Gibbin
Chris Gibbin (Producer)
Chris Merrill
Chris Merrill (Writer)
Tari Segal
Tari Segal (Director of Photography)

Executive Producers:

John Moshay, Rebecca Coleman, Adrian Butchart

Co-Producer:

Karina Moller

Associate producer:

Jacqueline Legan

Line producer:

Nika Agiashvilli

upm:

Jude S. Walko

Editing by:

Grant Keiner

Production Design by:

Justin Lieb

Costume Design by:

Anna Herrington

Music by:

Tom Hiel

Casting by:

Emily Schweber

Trailer

Coming soon!

Phedon Papamichael
Phedon Papamichael (Director/Producer)

Phedon Papamichael is an award winning Director and Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography.

Phedon now counts forty-four feature films to his credit as Director of Photography, including the early block-busters AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS, starring Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones, MOUSE HUNT, PATCH ADAMS, starring Robin Williams, and PHENOMENON, starring John Travolta and directed by Jon Turteltaub, for whom he also shot WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING and COOL RUNNINGS.

In 2004 Phedon shot SIDEWAYS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best Screenplay, NOMINEE: Best Picture) directed by Alexander Payne and in 2005 he shot WALK THE LINE, directed by James Mangold which won the GOLDEN FROG at CAMERIMAGE (President’s Award 2005), for Best Cinematography.

In 2010 he returned to longtime collaborators James Mangold with KNIGHT & DAY and ALEXANDER PAYNE with THE DESCENDANTS, staring George Clooney.

Early in his career, Phedon directed and photographed the feature film DARK SIDE OF GENIUS (1993) and directed the Showtime Original THE SKETCH ARTIST (1991), starring Sean Young and Drew Barrymore. THE SKETCH ARTIST took honors at the Houston Film Festival, garnering the 1992 Silver Award for Best Dramatic Feature as well as receiving a 1992 Cable ACE Award nomination for Best Cinematography.

He returned to directing in 2007 with the psychological horror FROM WITHIN, starring Adam Goldberg, Thomas Dekker and Jared Harris, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2008, and has won a total of seven awards, including the 2008 Solstice Film Festival Grand Jury Award. Phedon’s forth directing endeavor, ARCADIA LOST, starring Nick Nolte and Haley Bennett, is currently on the festival circuit, having been selected by eleven International Film Festivals, including Boston and Oldenburg. It was filmed entirely on location in Greece in 2008. LOST ANGELES, premiering at the 2012 Oldenburg film festival is Phedon’s 5th film as a director.

Papamichael was accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 and has served several years on the Cinematographers Branch Executive Committee. He is also a member of The American Society of Cinematographers and the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG 600). Phedon resides in Los Angeles and Athens, Greece and speaks English, German, French and Greek. He holds German, Greek and U.S. citizenship.

Chris Gibbin
Chris Gibbin (Producer)

Chris Gibbin began his foray into film as an art department assistant on John Sayles’ 1987 film “Matewan.” He went on to continue in the art department on films such as “Singles,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Se7en,” among others.

In 1994, along with his business partner, John Moshay, Chris founded DNA Studios, one of the first online interactive advertising agencies. DNA grew to a 140+ person agency before they sold it off to WhittmanHart in 2006. During that time, Chris managed to produce Carmen Electra’s line of Aerobic Striptease fitness videos along with 12 other DVD fitness titles.

In 2007 he joined forces with Phedon Papamichael to produce the independent thriller “From Within” (2008 Grand Jury Award Winner at the Solstice Film Festival) which had its World Wide Premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and was included in the 2008 After Dark 8 Films to Die For.

Chris is one of the founders of Something Massive, a Post-PC digital advertising agency in Los Angeles, CA.

Chris Merrill
Chris Merrill (Writer)

Chris Merrill is a playwright, screenwriter and producer for the American Film Institute. His credits for AFI include the AFI Life Achievement Awards to Warren Beatty (2008), Michael Douglas (2009), Mike Nichols (2010), Morgan Freeman (2011), Shirley MacLaine (2012) and the TCM series AFI’s Master Class featuring Steven Spielberg and John Williams. He produced and co-wrote with Warren Beatty the DICK TRACY SPECIAL for Turner Classic Movies (aired summer 2012.)

As playwright he wrote and directed “Just Us” (Elephant Theater) and “You’re Only Cheating Yourself,” (finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference). His one-act “Shoot the Moon” was selected for a public reading for Playwrights Express and “The Suck” was directed by Gates McFadden (Star Trek: NextGen) as part of EST-LA’s ‘Winterfest,’ January 2012. LOST ANGELES is his first produced screenplay. His screenplay for THE SUCK is currently in development. Chris holds a BA from Boston College and an MA from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

Tari Segal
Tari Segal (Director of Photography)

Tari Segal was immersed in the Chicago jazz scene from a young age. Surrounded by great artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, who frequented her father’s legendary club the Jazz Showcase, Tari was drawn to the expressive, improvisational elements and style of the music, which have inspired her work as a cinematographer.

With a degree in cinematography from Columbia College she relocated to Los Angeles where she interned on the Oscar-nominated Sideways. Soon after, she continued as Director of Photography on numerous shorts, music videos, and feature films. Tari approaches her work with great artistic integrity and an innovative spirit. Her ability to apply a unique vision to a broad range of genres has created for her the opportunity to work on projects with a wide variety of both style and budget.

The independent film The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert was shot as a current take on the style of the French New Wave. It was preceded by a thriller, Deadfall Trail, which embodied a wide-scale cinematic approach for which she received notable reviews.

Her most recent works include Lost Angeles, directed by Phedon Papamichael, and the romantic comedy One Small Hitch.

Joelle Carter
Joelle Carter (Jamie)

An accomplished actress, Joelle Carter has been acting in film, television and theatre for the past decade. Carter currently stars in the critically-acclaimed FX drama Justified, playing the role of Ava Crowder.

Carter was born in Georgia to an army family and was subsequently raised throughout the United States. She attended high school in Albany, Georgia and then enrolled at Augusta College on a full athletic scholarship for swimming and cross-country. Carter began her modeling career shortly thereafter and moved to New York to pursue modeling full-time. Falling in love with acting, she began her theatrical studies in NYC and appeared on stage and screen almost immediately.

Carter can be seen in such feature cult favorites as High Fidelity and American Pie 2, and indies Swimming and Lisa Picard is Famous. In addition, Carter has starred in numerous television projects, including the controversial series Wonderland created by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Furthermore, she is very proud of the documentary, Altered By Elvis, which she co-produced. Carter also co-produced and starred in the short Girl and a Gun, which won Best Original Short at the 2008 Washougal International Film Festival. She was thrilled to attend the 2008 Cannes Film Festival with the film, Jumping In, in which she starred. Carter recently attended the Boston Film Festival where her latest film To Be Friends (directed by Jim Eckhart, executive produced by Aaron Eckhart and co-starring Todd Stashwick) was honored and opened the festival.

Carter’s upcoming features include Lost Angeles (directed by Phedon Papamichael), and Eyes to See, both set to release in 2011.

Kelly Blatz
Kelly Blatz (Jared)

Kelly Blatz was raised in Burbank, California, where he attended Burbank High school. There he excelled in sports and in music. It was his film class his senior year that led him to decide to become an actor. He decided to drop out of Loyola Marymount University after only going to orientation. He then started studying acting with Ivana Chubbuck at her studio in Hollywood, where he spent the next 2 years. 

His first major film role was in the 2008 remake of the movie “Prom Night”, with Brittany Snow.

He went on to have intense roles in the indie films “From Within”, where he played a psychopathic son of a preacher, and “April Showers”, where he played a Columbine survivor who lost his love in the shootings. Soon after, he landed the title role of Aaron Stone in Disney XD’s first flagship action series “Aaron Stone”, which helped launch Disney XD on a global scale.

He then landed the lead role in TBS’s first hour-long comedy “Glory Daze” created by Walt Becker, where he played Joel Harrington, a wide eyed freshman going to college in the 1980′s.

In addition to acting, Kelly is also the lead singer of Los Angeles based alternative rock band Capra from 2005-2011.

Laura Leigh
Laura Leigh (Hope Larson)

Laura Leigh graduated from The Julliard School in 2008. Since then she starred as “Zoey” in John Carpenter’s 2010 thriller THE WARD and can be seen in the upcoming TV Movie BAD GIRLS starring Amy Smart.

Mark Boone Junior
Mark Boone Junior (Stefan Snie)

Mark Boone Junior is an American actor perhaps best known for his roles as Bobby Munson in FX’s Sons of Anarchy and his two films with Christopher Nolan, Memento and Batman Begins.

Val Lauren
Val Lauren (Mickey B)

A long time member of the repertory theater company “Playhouse West”, a west coast division of Sanford Meisner’s “Neighborhood Playhouse” in N.Y.C. Starred in numerous plays including four originals written by and co-starring Scott Caan. Val then made the transition to independent films. Some of his characters include “Primo”, a grief stricken man out to find his sisters rapist in “The Doorman”, the psychotic low level hustler “Crazy Leroy” in “The Grey in Between”, and the starring role as self destructive orphan “Max Modeen” in the Sundance Institute film “True Love”.

Val also brought his edgy characterizations’ to Guest Starring roles several television shows including a recurring role on “24″ as agent “Randy Murdoch”, Mafia barkeep “Charlie” in “Monk”, hustler “Freddy Condore” in “Criminal Minds” and “CSI N.Y.”, where he starred as “Jerry Gordon”, a safe cracker.

Val again teamed up with Scott Caan to star in “Dallas”362″ with Jeff Goldblum, Sean Hatosy, Selma Blair, and Kelley Lynch. He then went on to make his Writing and Directorial debut with “HELP” and has since completed several films, including “Lost Angeles.”

Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton (Bruce)

Ashley Hamilton is an actor, songwriter, comedian and son of former Dancing with the Stars contestant George Hamilton, Ashley is a multi-talented, multi-hyphenate with experience in film, comedy and television. An accomplished singer Ashley had a 2003 Top 20 single released by Sony, and as a songwriter, co-wrote the Top 10 Robbie Williams hit “Come Undone.” He also has writing credits for Hilary Duff among other top acts.

Ashley has made various television and film appearances in his career, including a starring role in Sunset Beach. Since 2007, he has been performing stand-up comedy at The Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and Room 5 in Los Angeles.

John Edward Lee
John Edward Lee (Will)

John Edward Lee Studied theater at the University of Oklahoma, Johnny finished his collegiate studies at the University of Houston where he worked with Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson. While at U of H, Johnny worked with the actors of The Alley Theater, Houston’s premier regional theater, and received the full gamut of classical theater training, ranging from proper stage movement and voice, to stage combat and makeup.

Johnny currently lives in Los Angeles, where – when he’s not acting in features and television – he produces and directs independent films and music videos.