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Shooting Begins for "Searching for Sonny" Masi Oka, Minka Kelly, Jason Dohring to Star in Film


FORT WORTH, Texas, May 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Off-the-rails indie comedy "Searching for Sonny" begins shooting this week in Fort Worth, Tex. as the inaugural feature film written and directed by NYU Tisch graduate Andrew Disney.

"I wanted to explore the concept of an action/comedy hybrid," said Disney. "For me, the greatest sin is boredom; I want to give the audience more than a plot by creating a visceral experience for them that is fun and makes them laugh while feeling a great deal of suspense." Cast members joining 'Sonny' include Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Masi Oka ("Heroes," "Get Smart"), Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights," "500 Days of Summer") and Jason Dohring ("Veronica Mars"). They appear alongside Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney, who form the New York City comedy duo BriTANick, best known for their recent Internet sketch video "Movie Title." 'Sonny' tells the story of directionless pizza delivery guy, Elliot Knight (Dohring), who, after receiving a mysterious postcard, decides to attend his high school reunion in Texas and make amends with Sonny (Oka), an old friend he once wronged. Once there, Elliot reunites with his fraternal twin brother, ne'er-do-well Calvin (Kocher), their timorous former pal, Gary Noble (McElhaney), and gorgeous Eden Mercer (Kelly), the love of just about everyone's life. But when the guys are off digging up a time capsule they buried 10 years prior, they happen upon the dead body of Eden's husband and are suddenly swept away into the wackiest murder case on record, with themselves as chief suspects in the crime.

'Sonny' is the second feature-length film to be produced by Red Sanders and Greg Beauchamp of Red Productions and will be shot using the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera and the RED One Digital Cinema camera. It will be ready for release by Spring 2011.

The film has already received significant interest in the filmmaking community and within its online target audience of 18-35-year-old males. According to Sanders, as the independent film distribution landscape has changed, the team behind 'Sonny' realized the importance of engaging a core group of enthusiasts.

Its teaser trailer, posted nearly a year ago, received close to 85,000 views in 127 countries within the first two weeks.

"Our goal from the beginning has been to differentiate ourselves from the sea of independent filmmakers," said Sanders. "We've done so by embracing new technology, and engaging a dynamic community around our experience. As a result, we've positioned our film for the widest distribution possible." About "Searching for Sonny" "Searching for Sonny" is a film that tells the story of Calvin, Elliot and Gary who return to their high school reunion to discover that their old buddy, Sonny, is missing under mysterious circumstances. After run-ins with the law, an ex-girlfriend and the corpse of the high school quarterback, the mystery turns meta when they realize that everything happening seems eerily similar to a play they performed in high school -- a play Sonny wrote. To learn more, visit or visit its Facebook page.

SOURCE: Searching for Sonny CONTACT: Red Productions Amanda Godwin, 817-810-0777 Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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