(PRWEB) September 2, 2004
The filmmakers, William Arnzt, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente join Dr. Pat on VoiceAmerica.com for a special 2-hour discussion of the making of the film, the national release in September and their personal journeys to live their dream.
To listen to this amazing conversation, logon to http://www.crustbusting.com on Friday September 3rd from 2:00-4:00 PST. Just click on "VoiceAmerica" to listen live. Call in toll free at 1-888-335-5204 to speak with the filmakers.
No matter where the "Bleep" opens, it sells out and then plays for weeks. The sell-outs have confounded and interested distributors to the point that "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" has partnered with a major distributor, Samuel Goldwyn/Roadside Attractions, which is booking theaters around the country for the "What the Bleep" National Release in September! Visit http://www.whatthebleep.com to find out where the film is playing in your town.
Following the story of Amanda (Marlee Matlin), the film dives into fantastical Alice in Wonderland of chance meetings and unexplained phenomenon. As her daily, uninspired life begins to unravel, Amanda becomes more and more aware of the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. Through her journey, Amanda realizes that by truly looking into the world and not just at it, her life will never be the same.
WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW? is a unique filmic experience that is changing peopleÂs lives all across the country. While THE MATRIX, VANILLA SKY, and MINORITY REPORT deal with a greater reality behind the one we all accept as true, this film is stranger still....itÂs true!
"The brainchild of William Arntz and the product of an intensely inventive collaboration between writer-producer-directors Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente, What The #$*! Do We Know? is an irresistible cosmic romp that suggests that quantum physics is the biggest reality show in town, and that we are the co-wizards behind the curtains of our own lives, making them a heaven or a hell."
William Arntz - Producer, Screenwriter, President - Captured Light
William Arntz graduated summa cum laude in 1972 from Penn State University with a degree in Engineering Science and accepted employment as a Research Physicist with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. There he worked on developing the first wave optics simulator for high-energy gas dynamic laser weapons (a.k.a. ÂStar WarsÂ). After two years of corporate life, William Âretired,Â and drove around the country. Eventually he ended up in Boston where he reunited with a longtime friend who was enrolled in the MasterÂs Degree film program at Boston University. Together they created, BEAT THE DEVA, a one-hour animated film noir, which won a Cine Eagle, the Kenyon Film Festival, and received distribution on the art house circuit.
Upon completion of the film in 1980, William moved to California to pursue a film career, but found the process of moving up through the ranks daunting and less than ideal. So he moved to San Francisco, ÂretiredÂ, and became a Buddhist. By the late 80Âs his Buddhist teacher assigned him the task using his meditation/visualization skills to create a software product and company, which was to become a huge success. Lacking the common sense to realize what he was up against, he took $100,000 in savings, no business experience, and sat down and in 5 months wrote AutoSys Â a distributed job scheduler. The skills must have worked, because AutoSys went on to be one of the most widely used pieces of System Management software ever written, with clients as diverse as Merrill Lynch, NASA, ILM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, and Boeing.
In 1995, William Arntz sold his company and took a year off. He then devised a second successful software company, which he sold nine months after creating it. After ÂretiringÂ for the 3rd time he became interested in uniting his 4 great interests: (1) leading edge science, (2) spiritual inquiry, (3) filmmaking and (4) computers. After realizing that with the success of his two software companies he had succeeded in bypassing the onerous task of rising through the ranks, he happily (despite still lacking common sense) embarked upon the creation of WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?
Betsy Chasse - Producer, Screenwriter
Betsy Chasse was born to be in film and television. Literally. Her birth was filmed for a popular news programÂs report on natural childbirth. BetsyÂs on-screen career continued for the next eighteen years as an actress in more than 120 national commercials, television series, and motion pictures. She was cast as Gretle in The Sound of Music at the Music Center in Los Angeles and also played violin for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Eventually, Betsy realized that what she really wanted to do was to work behind the cameras as a Producer.
With huge aspirations, Betsy began her production career as a Production Assistant on a low, low budget action picture where, on her first day, she promptly totaled her car. Fortunately, the Producer was in the car with her and could think of no other way to assist her except by promoting her to Production Coordinator. After all, who else would work for $80 dollars a week and drive 150 miles back and forth to Chino everyday! Betsy served as Production Coordinator on several films including, BEST OF THE BEST 2, and Robert AltmanÂs THE PLAYER. Her first outing as a Production Manager came with the independent film, PUBLIC ACCESS, directed by Bryan Singer, which won the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. She then freelanced as a Production Manager and Line Producer on over 30 feature films. In 1996, Betsy started her own production company, Rampant Feline Films, which has produced several cable specials and music videos.
From 1997 through May of 1999 Betsy was Senior Vice President of Production for Prosperity Pictures, an independent Production Company, where she supervised physical production on thirteen films. She also Produced and Co-Produced eight films including: LABOR PAINS with Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Morrow and Mary Tyler Moore; LOVE AND ACTION IN CHICAGO, with Courtney Vance, Regina King, Jason Alexander and Kathleen Turner; THE SPANISH JUDGES with Vincent DÂOnofrio and Matthew Lillard; JUST ONE NIGHT, with Timothy Hutton and Maria Grazi Cucinotta; and CHASING DESTINY with Casper Van Dien, Roger Daltry and Christopher Lloyd, produced in association with her company Rampant Feline Films.
In 2000, Betsy produced the first feature length extreme sports comedy entitled, EXTREME DAYS, combining the stars of the extreme sports world with the young stars of Hollywood, including Dante Brasco (HOOK), Derek Hamilton (DISTURBING BEHAVIOR, TABOO) and A.J. Buckley (SCREAM 3)
Mark Vicente - Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
Mark Vicente was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. With a father in show business and a mother in the Diplomatic Service, Mark rarely stayed in one place for very long. As a child he traveled the world and lived in such diverse places as Portugal, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. However, Mark took his cue from his Grandfather who owned an advertising agency and he soon developed a keen eye for visual storytelling. This led to MarkÂs decision at age fourteen that he wanted to make movies.
Finding himself back in South Africa at the age of eighteen, Mark decided it was time to get this dream going. He enrolled in a drama school, but much to his chagrin found himself having to dance, act, and make strange primal noises in voice class. At the time he could not justify these distractions when all he kept thinking was, ÂI just want to be a cinematographer!Â Little did he realize that all this diverse training would serve him well in the future as a director.
After mastering the Steadicam and working as a news-cameraman in Apartheid South Africa, Mark went on to shoot music videos and commercials. He got his first big break as Director of Photography on the musical, SARAFINA starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992 Mark got the opportunity to go to Hollywood and shoot a picture for Disney entitled, FATHERHOOD starring Patrick Swayze. Excited and nervous, Mark found himself at age 26, one of the youngest Cinematographers to shoot a big budget studio picture.
Mark never left America and over the next 10 years, amassed experience shooting another 14 feature films. As exciting as it was to visually interpret stories presented to him by other directors, Mark found that the subject matter was sorely lacking. Driven by the conviction that tales of greatness could be as exciting and financially successful as the subjects of rape, pillage, and plunder that is so beloved by the industry, Mark decided that nobody else was telling the stories that he deeply cared about.
In 2000, driven by creative desperation, Mark decided it was time to embrace his inevitable destiny as a director. He began directing and shooting commercials and documentaries that gave voice to his rebelliousness and challenging sense of humor. His Rockumentary, WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD, takes to task organized religion and the lengths to which human beings will go in the name of God to abuse minorities and women. WHAT THE BLEEP has been his most ambitious project to date.
Mark is currently in development to direct TIME AND AGAIN, a spy thriller about remote viewing. Following on the footsteps of WHAT THE BLEEP it includes themes of reincarnation, time travel and the mystery of death.
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