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subHysteria does LA!

Screening of Guerilla Movie “subHysteria” Takes Place in Downtown L.A. on June 27 and 28, 2011.

6.13.2011– The film experiment “subHysteria” is screening in Los Angeles on Monday, June 27 at 7:00 pm as part of the 18th Film Courage Interactive. The screening will take place at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, with a second showing on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm PT. A discussion with the director and cast will immediately follow each screening. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the venue box office. More at

Without warning, a small group of people from various walks of life are trapped underground in the subway. As the hours pass without outside communication, sufficient food or a conceivable escape, the real possibility of death overcomes the passengers. “subHysteria” is a raw display of behavior when people are forced to confront mortality.

Based on the groundbreaking film styles of cinema verité and French New Wave, “subHysteria” was made with 16 improv actors in a New York City subway car. Filmed at the FDNY Training Facility on Randall’s Island in New York, the international cast created the movie with no script—only character sketches, a rough plot outline and their instincts. “Sometimes I would imagine that I was in some kind of a contest,” said actor Osvaldo Benavides of the experience, “and there were some rules and you had to make the best of it.”

“It has been almost 50 years since John Cassavetes’ groundbreaking film ‘Shadows’, and my intention was not to reinvent the history of independent filmmaking,” director Leonard Zelig said. “I wanted to refresh the genre, to bring back the freedom, uniqueness and organic flavor of on-camera improv.”

“subHysteria” made its world premiere last year in Venezuela, grossing a total of $213,000 for the $160,000 film. Just this month, the film’s producers finalized distribution agreements in Europe and Latin America, with DVD distribution by Grayson Pictures in the UK and Ireland and Amazonia Films in Venezuela.

“subHysteria” was directed by Leonard Zelig and co-written and produced by Javier Perez-Karam and Roberto Alcazar and features Lavrenti Lopes, Osvaldo Benavides, Estelle Bajou, Ginger Kroll, Hwalan, Cem Uyanik, Gayle DaCosta, Hector Palma, Elaiza Gil, Rebeca Aleman, Isabella Cascarano, Brian Schlanger, Quadiri Bolare, Shannon Lower, Tommaso Matelly and Sally Gifford.


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