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"PRETTY PERSUASION" Movie

The new independent film PRETTY PERSUASION accomplishes the nearly impossible feat of making the lives of privileged teenaged girls into the stuff of sophisticated comedy, featuring a star-making lead performance by one of today's most exciting young actresses, Evan Rachel Wood (THIRTEEN, UPSIDE OF ANGER).  

Wood plays Kimberly Joyce, an insanely intelligent, wildly funny, shockingly cruel and sexy-beyond-her-years Beverly Hills teenager who will stop at nothing to become famous.

Believing the world is an orchestra and she is the conductor, Kimberly masterfully manipulates all those around her.  She convinces her two best friends to join her in a campaign against their befuddled teacher, Mr. Anderson, played to nebbishy perfection by Ron Livingston (ADAPTATION, OFFICE SPACE).  

Kimberly entangles the entire Beverly Hills community in her carefully woven web of seduction and deceit. A clever comedy with many turns, PRETTY PERSUASION has an ending that nobody but Kimberly can predict!  Wood leads an all-star cast that also includes James Woods, Elisabeth Harnois, Jane Krakowski, Jaime King and Selma Blair.

It is the directorial debut of acclaimed music video director Marcos Siega, and written by Skander Halim.  It had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.   The film will open in limited release August 12th, 2005 and grow wider across the country.

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PRETTY PERSUASION accomplishes the nearly impossible feat of making the lives of privileged teenaged girls into the stuff of sophisticated comedy, featuring a star-making lead performance by one of today's most exciting young actresses, Evan Rachel Wood (THIRTEEN, UPSIDE OF ANGER).

Wood plays Kimberly Joyce, an insanely intelligent, wildly funny, shockingly cruel and sexy-beyond-her-years Beverly Hills teenager who will stop at nothing to become famous.  Believing the world is an orchestra and she is the conductor, Kimberly masterfully manipulates all those around her. 

She convinces her two best friends to join her in a campaign against their befuddled teacher, Mr. Anderson, played to nebbishy perfection by Ron Livingston (ADAPTATION, OFFICE SPACE).  Kimberly entangles the entire Beverly Hills community in her carefully woven web of seduction and deceit. A clever comedy with many turns, PRETTY PERSUASION has an ending that nobody but Kimberly can predict!

Wood leads an all-star cast that also includes James Woods, Elisabeth Harnois, Jane Krakowski, Jaime King and Selma Blair.   It is the directorial debut of acclaimed music video director Marcos Siega, and written by Skander Halim.  It had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Siega also produces with Matthew Weaver and Carl Levin of Prospect Pictures, and Todd Dagres.  Executive Producers are Joni Sighvatsson, Eric Kopeloff, Rob Ortiz and Prospect's Jason Barhydt.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

I fell in love with the script for “Pretty Persuasion” the first time I read it. I remember thinking that it was a totally absurd and ridiculous story but at the same time it was such a clever commentary on our society.  I liked how it exposed several public and private morals that are ripe for satirizing, and that it was layered with topical issues such as family values, racism, politics, the media, revenge, and our society’s obsession with celebrity.  And although it borrows some elements from the teen-comedy genre, I liked that it was ultimately a comic tragedy and not a straight comedy. 

But there was one problem, the writer Skander Halim wanted to direct it.  Needless to say I was crushed. But luckily for me, Matt Weaver, the producer, really believed in me and thought it would be a good idea for me to sit down with Skander and tell him my vision for the script.  A few months later Skander came to Los Angeles and I went to meet him.  I don’t remember a whole lot about what I said to him that day but I do remember promising him that if, or when, I got “Pretty Persuasion” made I would fight to not let anyone change the script or turn it into another teen comedy.  That was almost five years ago.

I think “Pretty Persuasion” is a real example of the independent spirit.  It was made with a commitment to the art, and wasn’t driven by anything but a love for the material and a genuine desire to make a good movie.  I was truly moved to see the belief everyone had in me while making this movie, and feel I was blessed with amazing actors, incredible producers, and an inspiring crew.

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