Category: Movies

November 3, 2016 No comments exist
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It should come as no surprise to anyone who has supported us very early on that Ryan O’Leary is a great friend of the show. A friendship that was founded on us reviewing his short film for “Y: The Last Man,” which led to O’Leary being a valued guest of the podcast on multiple occasions. So it goes without saying that we are going to promote him, as if he needs it, whenever possible. With that in mind, we would like to bring your attention to O’Leary’s latest project, “The Lost Year.” This is his highest profile project to date and we wouldn’t expect anything less from Ryan. Building off the success of “The Backseat,” O’Leary’s latest script has attracted the attention of some names you should be familiar with.


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Kevin Pollak and Grace Phipps are in negotiations to join the cast of Ryan O’Leary’s upcoming film “The Lost Year”. The film will be produced by Anthony Pedone’s Film Exchange. Chris Bellant (“Loserville”) and Amy Bruckner (“Phil of the Future”) will round out the main cast.


After a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating. Guided by his charismatic best friend, Rufus (Bellant), Charlie meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae (Phipps). Quickly learning the differences between expectations and reality, Charlie’s forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone’s connected, Charlie’s never felt more apart.


Pollak is possibly best known for starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Benicio del Toro in The Usual Suspects. He starred alongside Bruce Willis in both The Whole Nine Yards and Hostage. He has starred in many of the biggest films of the last two decades, including A Few Good Men, Casino, Grumpy Old Men, Wayne’s World 2, That Thing You Do!, and The Wedding Planner, among others. On television, he recently starred on CBS’ Angel from Hell with Jane Lynch, and was recurring on Mom (also on CBS). Additional TV credits include Entourage, House of Lies, Shark, and Children’s Hospital.


Phipps most recently appeared on Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens as Mandy Greenwell. She previously starred on The Vampire Diaries, and Disney’s Teen Beach Movie. She has made appearances on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, Supernatural, and Hawaii Five-O. Film credits include Fright Night, alongside Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell, Some Kind of Hate with Spencer Breslin and Sierra McCormick, and Tales of Halloween with Keir Gilchrist and Adam Pascal.


Film Exchange previously produced The Strongest Man, which starred Patrick Fugit and premiered at Sundance. O’Leary’s debut feature, The Backseat, is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, and various other digital platforms.

February 24, 2014 No comments exist


We’re starting the week off with an exclusive! Earlier this year, I got to go to the New York premiere of The Backseat starring Chris Bellant. While in New York I was able to talk to Bellant and get to know him a little more and hear about some of his future projects. One of those projects is Loserville.

He will be in L.A. for a few months for the stage play The Optimist, which currently has a kickstarter running right now, so click on the link and check it out. We will also be having Bellant on SSWL some time soon, so be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes and look out for that. Today, however, we have the press release for his upcoming film:

Chris Bellant and Chris Riggi will star in “Loserville”. The film was written by Sonny Lee (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “2 Broke Girls”). Isaac Loftus and Bellant also co-wrote the script, and Bellant will produce with Vicki McCarty of Covington International. Production will begin in August 2014. Chris Modoono (“Drinking Buddies”) will direct. Barney Oldfield (NBC’s “CTRL”) and Amanda Muller (“Fairfield”) will serve as co-producers.
Riggi is best known for his work on “Gossip Girl”, and has recently been seen in “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Adult World”, with John Cusack and Emma Roberts. Riggi starred as Jacob White in Fox’s “Vampires Suck”. He recently wrapped production on MTV’s new pilot “Eye Candy”, directed by Catherine Hardwicke and co-starring Victoria Justice. He also starred in “Fairfield” alongside Bellant and Juliet Landau.

Bellant appears in the Warner Bros. thriller “Into the Storm” in theaters next summer. He recently wrapped “Fairfield” alongside Juliet Landau and the indie feature “Living with the Dead”. His film “The Backseat” is currently playing at festivals, and he can also be seen on A&E’s new series “Those Who Kill”, premiering this spring. Onstage, he has appeared Off Broadway in “Unhealthy”, and “Snow Angel” by David Lindsy-Abaire. In “Loserville”, he will play Chuck Macdonald, the film’s protagonist.

Chuck is an average teenager: struggling to find his place, unable to talk to girls, and forced to escape into his own fantasy world. He’s been in love with Melissa Mercer, the most popular girl in school, for as long as he can remember. One day he goes over to Melissa’s house, finally working up the courage to profess his undying love for her, when he sees Melissa’s sister, Mary Mercer, attempting to commit suicide. After saving her, Chuck convinces Mary to give him one week to change her life. He soon finds that saving someone else can be difficult when you can barely take care of yourself. Will a week be enough time to save Mary?

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August 1, 2013 1 comment

Last year we got to see Adi Shankar’s Dirty Laundry. His short film that is. It was produced by Shankar, directed by Phil Joanou and starred Thomas Jane as the Punisher once again. This year at Comic-Con, Adi Shankar and Joe Lynch showed off what has to be my favorite of all fan made short films, Truth In Journalism. It stars True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten in this fantastic portrayal of a comic book character. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one while you’re watching.

The movie is basically a wonderful mash up of the film Man Bites Dog, which is a movie I have talked about on the show once or twice. You don’t really need to have seen Man Bites Dog to see this, but I highly recommend you do because it’s a great cult classic. I’ve only seen two seasons of True Blood, but I knew while watching it that Kwanten looked familiar. Of course I didn’t know who he was until after I started reading the comments. To learn more about how and why this got made, check out this great article over at Be sure to watch the film first before reading the article as there are spoilers and we will likely talk about this on our next podcast.

June 20, 2013 No comments exist


I’m not a fan of zombies. Well real ones at least. Zombie movies on the other hand, I usually enjoy them. (Yes, I even enjoyed Warm Bodies.) Fairfield stars Chris Riggi (Gossip Girl) and Chris Bellant (The Backseat) and is written by Isaac Loftus & Julian Singleton. I haven’t seen Riggi in Gossip Girl (yet) but I have seen Bellant act in person and on camera and I can’t wait to see him in this zombie movie. Be sure to show them some love on their Kickstarter.

“When a mysterious illness suddenly spreads through the town, Gabriel Cooper finds himself fighting for his life. After seeking refuge in the local high school, he’s united with a group of teenagers who are hiding in the school. Together, they must face the gravest of teenage dilemmas: sex, parents, friends, and zombies.

Bellant will also be in the movie Black Sky directed by Steven Quale who directed Final Destination 5. Which I actually enjoyed. Be sure to like Fairfield on Facebook.

June 4, 2013 No comments exist

SSWL is proud to announce a new feature film from Christine Vartoughian entitled Living with the Dead. Vartoughian has worked behind the camera in a variety of different roles from a production assistant on Project Runway to writing/directing/producing her own short, The Visions of Dylan Bradley, among other things. She also worked on reoccurring guest Ryan O’Leary’s The Backseat as a production designer. Rick was lucky enough to visit the production of The Backseat and witness first hand Vartoughian’s keen eye for detail.

With all that said, we are excited to present the initial press release for her full-length directorial debut below:


For Immediate Release- 6.4.2013


Max McLean, a runaway girl whose boyfriend just committed suicide, ventures into the forests of upstate New York where she meets a peculiar young man named Ish who shows her that life is more than what’s been lost.

Lion Hearted Films, LLC.

Shooting Fall 2013


Comedy/ Drama/ Romance

Official Website:

Confirmed Cast:

Chris Bellant… Gabriel

Confirmed Crew:

Christine Vartoughian -Writer/Director/Producer

Rebekah Nelson -Producer Tobias Beidermühle- Associate Producer

Xavier Antonio Medina -Director of Photography

Debra Markowitz -Casting Director

Mattheau O’Brien -1st Assistant Director