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Flytrap — "The trap is set" Running Time: 82 mins
Director: Stephen David Brooks
Screenwriter: Stephen David Brooks
"Paranoia." The word conjures up so many things. Paranoia is at the root of this story. James Pond is a reserved Englishman who is seduced and then trapped in a suburban Los Angeles house by a sexy woman named Mary Ann and her equally strange housemates. Are these people in a doomsday cult? What do they want? It turns out they’re not people at all but aliens from the planet Venus. And they’re here to crossbreed with humans in order to take over the planet. And he is the only person who can stop them. That is … if he can escape and if the world will believe his crazy story.
Cast / Director Bios
Jeremy Crutchley is British-born and educated and is currently based in the USA. He has a wide range of Film, television and theatre credits to his name. In 2014 in the USA, he appeared as the pirate MORLEY in “BLACK SAILS” (Season 1), Michael Bay’s STARZ TV Series. He recently played the lead role in the Feature Films “RETRIBUTION," and also “FLYTRAP," an indie sci-fi movie shot in Los Angeles. He is also a Guest Star in the NBC hit series "Constantine," and "Hannibal" and has just booked a recurring role on "SALEM.”
UK TV appearances include: “Miss Marple: A Carribbean Mystery” (BBC), “Kidnap And Ransom”(ITV); Martina Cole’s “The Runaway” (Sky TV); and “Women In Love” (BBC). He resumed his role as The Glock, with John Cleese in the feature film, “Spud 2:The Madness Continues."
In theatre, his most recent performance is the solo show “SACRED ELEPHANT” which has received rave reviews in New York at the legendary La MaMa Theatre—and at The Odyssey in Los Angeles in 2014.
Jeremy Crutchley as James Pond
Ina-Alice Kopp as Mary Ann
Ina-Alice Kopp is an Austrian-born, LA-based, actress with international stage, TV and film credits, including leading and supporting roles opposite John Malkovich (“KLIMT”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“GLEE”) and Vivian Wu (“DEPARTED HEROES”).
In 2012 Ina received a “Chinese Emmy," the Huading Award, for her performance in the record-breaking, 30-hour, World War II drama “DEPARTED HEROES”, which she shot entirely in Chinese and French.
Ina speaks 7 languages and has a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies and International Management from Vienna University, Austria, and Fudan University, Shanghai China, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Management of China at SOAS in London.
A former successful fashion model, ballet dancer and classical pianist, Ina loves to sing Jazz, proof of which can be found in one of her latest films “BIG GAY LOVE," released in 2014.
Jonah Blechman as Gilligan
Jonah Blechman has been working in the entertainment industry for the majority of his life. As a young performer, his eclectic background includes training and performing with the San Francisco Ballet, and being trained by Baryshnikov at the renowned American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Working most of his life as an actor, Jonah has played leading roles in such films as THIS BOY’S LIFE opposite Leo DiCaprio (and Robert DeNiro), FALL TIME opposite David Arquette (and Mickey Rourke), Sundance Special Jury Prize Winner and Spirit Award Nominee TREASURE ISLAND, mini-series SEDUCED BY MADNESS (with Tobey Maguire and Ann-Margret) and THE ROCKFORD FILES (with James Garner). He’s performed Hedwig in the acclaimed Equity production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH as well as worked with Center Theater Group in the Deaf/West production of PIPPIN at the Mark Taper Theater. Jonah can next be seen starring as the chilling antagonist in the new sci-fi thriller FLYTRAP from director Stephen David Brooks, and the Tribeca competition film FOR SPACIOUS SKY.
Along with performing, Jonah has produced, written and directed in the film medium as well as choreographed film, television commercials and industrials. He executive produced and starred in the theatrically successful queer comedy film franchise ANOTHER GAY MOVIE and ANOTHER GAY SEQUEL: GAYS GONE WILD! Jonah also produced SESSIONS, which sold to Comedy Central starring Jeremy Sisto and Josh Lucas. . Last year, Jonah has been a writer for the current TruTV Network’s THE CARBONARO EFFECT, as well as optioned 2 screenplays.
Stephen David Brooks
Director / Screenwriter
The world premiere of Stephen’s feature directorial debut HEADS N TAILZ was in Los Angeles at the 2005 Dances With Films festival, where the film won the Fusion Audience Award. Moving to Europe, HEADS N TAILZ screened at the Festival Du Cinéma De Bruxelles and the Swansea Film Festival in Swansea, Wales. HEADS N TAILZ also received a Special Jury Prize from The Festival Du Film De Strasbourg. HEADS N TAILZ also screened in a competition at the 2008 European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France and then the D.C. Independent Film Festival in Washington D.C.
Stephen’s short BINKY screened in the Shorts Corner at the 2014 The Cannes Film Festival and had its US premiere at Dances With Films, showing at the legendary Chinese Theater in Hollywood. BINKY also won the Best Screenplay and Best Actress Awards at the 2014 Monaco International Film Festival and an Award of Merit from Best Shorts.
Stephen’s second feature FLYTRAP had its World Premiere at ECU The European Independent Film Festival in April and won the Best Non-European Independent film prize as well as the prestigious Remi Award from Worldfest Houston, the same award given to Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, George Lucas, and The Coen Brothers.
Stephen’s original screenplay CARJACK has just been optioned. Stephen is also attached to direct his UK based supernatural thriller JACK BE DEAD.
Tamara Sayiner is an award-winning producer who has reached great success in Film and Television in both the United States and Europe. Hailing from a small town in Southern Sweden, Tamara's big passion for entertainment brought her to the heart of Hollywood where she pursued a degree in Film & TV at UCLA. Upon graduating in 2005, she broke into the television industry on the news show; EXTRA, the talk show; THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, and later producing a variety of shows for the E! network. In 2008 Tamara began providing exclusive production services to European companies traveling to town to film, among others the popular TV franchise; Sweden’s NEXT TOP MODEL and Swedish blockbuster feature EASY MONEY. From 2010 and onward, Tamara has been producing American independent films, with the most recent being the critically acclaimed feature film FLYTRAP, which won the Best Non-European Independent film award at the ECU Film festival in Paris, April 2015, as well as the prestigious "Remi Award" at Worldfest Houston
Tamara Sayiner / Producer
Simon Boswell — Composer
British composer Simon Boswell has scored films that span a myriad of genres and styles. Well known for combining electronic elements with orchestral instruments, Boswell’s music has ranged vastly in style and tone since the mid 1980s. His work for horror and fantasy cinema is key, especially the Italian giallo films, and flicks like Clive Barker’s detective horror LORD OF ILLUSIONS. Then there's the chillingly atonal INCUBUS, and the hybrid cyberpunk riffing of HACKERS and HARDWARE, where he unusually combined acoustic slide guitar with resonant, doomy synths to create a hugely popular, apocalyptic score which has sold many thousands. But that only tells one side of the story. Simon has also composed countless orchestral scores both melodic and experimental: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES, COUSIN BETTE, TIN MAN and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS to name a few. In addition, he has scored films for Danny Boyle (SHALLOW GRAVE) Álex de la Iglesia (PERDITA DURANGO) Tim Roth (WAR ZONE), Richard Stanley (DUST DEVIL) and many more. At the last count there were over 100 of them. Along the way he has garnered many international awards and nominations including 2 BAFTA and 1 CLASSICAL BRIT.
“Clearly I have a dark side and I find it easy to express this in ever changing ways, so perhaps my excursions into horror were not pure coincidence,” Boswell said. “Fantasy films allow you to be more experimental. I get bored doing the same thing over and over and relish new territory. That is why, in this 30th-anniversary year, I have formed my group theAnd. We are giving my music a completely new spin and taking it to live audiences around the world, together with an immersive video backdrop. Kind of ... Pink Floyd meets the Velvet Underground, conducted by Bernard Hermann on acid ...” Simon Boswell, December 2014.
Boswell brings to each new project an energy and distinctiveness that stems from his unconventional background and his own admission that he lives in a 'musical vacuum'. No stranger to live performance as well as the recording studio, he is just as accomplished with electronic and rock music as epic orchestral scores, often combining the two. His rare forays into TV have often managed to shock: The Lakes (1997) (BAFTA nominated). Pornography: The Musical and Songbirds both collaborations with film-maker Brian Hill and poet Simon Armitage. In autumn 2006, after 12 years in the making, Simon's album Close Your Eyes was released independently via his own Flick records.
THE TEARAWAYS—ADDITIONAL MUSIC
The Tearaways combine the influence of the British invasion with the California Surf Sound to create a driving brand of power pop that appeals to all ages. With fans from Tom Hanks, to Tom Green to Piers Morgan to Jeffrey Foskett (guitarist for the Beach Boys) to music lovers from Southern California to Liverpool to Dublin and beyond, the reenergized band has a full slate for 2015, including live performances, two new albums, “The Earl Mankey Sessions Volume III” and “The Earl Mankey Sessions Volume VI” on Robo Records/Universal Music, (following the release of two other collaborations with Mankey), the theme song for the newly rebooted series, “Name That Tune,” and four songs in the highly-anticipated independent film, “Flytrap,” Since their formation over 30 years ago, the Tearaways are poised to have their biggest year yet. The Tearaways started in the early ‘80s in Santa Barbara, when guitarist and vocalist John Finseth formed a band with some friends to reflect their shared influences: the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eagles, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Kinks, The Hollies, Squeeze, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Finseth recruited Greg Braillier (vocals/guitar), Dave Hekhouse (guitar), Jesse (drums and percussion) and Perry (pianos/keyboards) Benenati and later, John Ferriter (bass/guitar) and the band’s career began. In 1983, Ferriter left to join the Stingrays, where he was the lead singer and songwriter for 10 years before moving to the other side of the entertainment business: he went to work at William Morris in 1991, and subsequently becoming head of the worldwide nonscripted television department.
In the meantime, the Tearaways became one of the longest-lasting Santa Barbara bands, recording several independent releases, performing at both private and public gigs around the world and garnering a slew of fans, including Tom Hanks. Hanks first met the band in 2002 and hired the Tearaways to play some events for him. The Tearaways also placed a song, “Bring It On,” on ESPN’s College Game Day broadcast. In 2004, the Tearaways were invited to play Beatle Week in Liverpool. They performed for huge crowds at the festival and also appeared at the famous Cavern Club; they now return to the festival every year. Their appearances gained them another famous fan, Joey Molland of Badfinger, who used the Tearaways as his back-up band both in the United States and in England. The Tearaways have also been inducted into the Beatle Week Hall of Fame.
Finseth invited Ferriter, now with Octagon Entertainment, to perform at Beatle Week with the Tearaways in 2012. Ferriter rejoined the group when they returned and began writing, recording and playing. Starting in spring 2013, The Tearaways teamed up with noted producer Earle Mankey (Sparks, the Runaways, The Ramones, Beach Boys, Concrete Blonde, 20/20 The Three O’Clock, Long Ryders) to record 50 songs. A single, an EP, as well as two volumes, “The Earl Mankey Sessions Volume IV” and “The Earl Mankey Sessions: Volume VII” were released on Robo Records/Universal Music in 2014 and are now available on iTunes, with volumes III and VI slated for 2015. The songs have the Tearaways trademark power pop chords combined with the clever wordplay of their lyrics. “I Pray Guitar,” “Girls Who Love Cars,” “We’re All Gonna Drink Tonight, “We Don’t Talk We Text” and James Bond” highlight the band’s command of rock melody and songwriting. And a new song, “I’m Much Too Old To Feel This Young” and “I Was Trying to be nice” continues to show their way with pop melody. The Earl Mankey Sessions feature contributions from some of the Tearaways other fans, including Tom Green (who plays harmonica on “I Love the Blues” and raps on “Sucks to be You”), Piers Morgan (the voice of James Bond on “James Bond”), Dr. Drew Pinksy (“I Love My life”), Jenna Owens (the voice on “Naughty Dog”) and Beach Boys guitarist Jeffrey Foskett (I’ll See You Again” ) Don Peake of the famous Wrecking Crew (banjo on “Sucks to Be You” and lead guitar on “I Love the Blues.). The Tearaways closed out 2014 with appearances on “Good Day LA” and a new pilot for NBC along with earlier appearances during the season on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” and “WGN” and a series of live performances and a 10th year at the Matthew Street Festival in Liverpool. And now it looks like 2015 could be the Year of The Tearaways.
Flytrap Director’s Statement
FLYTRAP is a meditation on paranoia. A study of a human being under intense pressure as his world slowly collapses around him. And ultimately the film is a prediction of our world to come. A world where aliens will one day walk amongst us.
Or perhaps they are already here...
Q: What inspired you to make FLYTRAP?
A: I have always loved the phrase “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t really after you.” I love the paranoia of 1950’s Sci Fi where alien invasions seemed to be a common theme. So I combined the two.
Q: In today’s difficult indie film environment, how did you manage to get the film off the ground?
A: That’s a long story...The short version is I failed to find financing for a number of years. Then a chance meeting with an attorney in New York led me to some potential investors who were looking to get into film. After a number of conversations and meetings and a great deal of cajoling the deal was made. It really was a classic case of being at the right place at the right time.
Q: How long was the shoot? Where did you shoot?
A: We shot in Hollywood and Granada Hills California over 12 days.
Q: What is your favorite scene in the film?
A: That’s a tough one. I really love the framing and stillness of the “pork pie” scene. But my favorite has to be the shower scene. So little is shown and so much plays out in the imagination of the audience. I mean, we KNOW what they’re doing behind the curtain even though we cannot really see it. The power of the audience’s imagination is a useful and underused filmmaking tool.
Q: What is the film ultimately about? What themes resonate with you and hopefully will resonate with the audience?
A: The film is about human connections. James Pond is a self-reflecting, inward looking character. He’s cut off from the world because he refuses to engage with it in any way other than the abstract scientific sense. And it takes an alien, Mary Ann, to bring out his humanity. At the same time she begins to fall for him. She’s taken on human form through her interaction with Jimmy she starts to experience human existence in all its messiness. She starts to feel for him. To even love him.