Alpine Pictures, Inc., in Association with Box Office Productions, LLC has Wrapped Principal Photography on Love is the Drug

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Love is the Drug, filmed in Los Angeles, CA and directed by Elliott Lester, completed principal photography on schedule with no major setbacks. The film project has now entered post-production, where editing, music and other elements will be added to create a final product. It is in this phase that the movie begins to take shape, where individual scenes are arranged to create a tempo and rhythm that will bind the story together and that will elicit the intended emotion. Music is added to establish mood and draw the viewer further into the movie.

Love Is the Drug is a teen drama starring Lizzy Caplan (Orange County, Mean Girls) John Patrick Amedori (The Butterfly Effect), Jonathon Trent (Smile), Jenny Wade (Monster-in-Law) and D.J. Cotrona (Skin) with Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Splash). It revolves around the lives of five teens as they mature during the summer between high school and college, facing challenges they never expected and outcomes they wish they could change.

Sara Weller, the lead character in Alpine Picture’s Love is the Drug, (played by Lizzie Caplan) is a student at Horizons, one of California’s most exclusive private schools. Beautiful and popular, Sara is admired by everyone—especially outsider Jonah Brand.

Jonah (John Patrick Amedori) lives in a modest home with his mother, Sandra Brand, (played by Daryl Hannah [Kill Bill Vol. 1, Steel Magnolias]) and attends the school on a scholarship. His unprivileged background alienates him from the rest of the wealthy, self-indulged student body and leaves him virtually invisible in their eyes. But Jonah becomes enamored with Sara’s beauty and charisma and will stop at nothing in order to have her.

Unfortunately for Jonah, Sara is the epicenter of a tight circle of hard partying friends who are highly selective of whom they allow into their freewheeling lifestyle of sex, drugs and hedonism.

Sara’s group is comprised of her best friend Erin Sutherland (Jenny Wade), Erin’s ex boyfriend Lucas (DJ Cotrona) and Sara’s boyfriend Troy Daniels (Jonathon Trent).

Erin survives on the fringes of the tight knit group, best friend to Sara, ex-girlfriend of Lucas and party-girl to the boys she meets. However, underneath her tough exterior, Erin is lonely and lost, constantly seeking affirmation of her beauty and worthiness. She confuses sex with love, uses it to search for an identity and struggles in the shadow of Sara’s popularity. But for all her brazenness, Erin can only stand mute on the sidelines as the world crumbles around her friends.

Lucas, Erin’s ex-boyfriend and Troy’s goofy sidekick, feels the pressure to grow up but is longing for one last summer filled with youthful exploits. Always the jokester, he secretly fears the commitments that come with college and the ‘real world.’ Eventually, Lucas’ antics fuel the landslide that brings their lives of privilege tumbling down.

But Jonah’s biggest obstacle is Sara’s long time boyfriend, quintessential rich kid, Troy Daniels (Jonathon Trent). Troy has long been planning an idealistic future with Sara after they muddle their way through college. But after graduation, the five teenagers’ lives take a turn for the worse. As a spontaneous experiment, Sara and her gang invite Jonah to join them on their summer adventures...adventures that eventually spiral into a deadly conclusion noone could have foreseen.

Lizzy Caplan has garnered attention for her appearances in numerous critically acclaimed television series including such shows as “Freaks and Geeks,” “Smallville” and “Once & Again.” On the big screen, Lizzy has made her mark in such high profile films as Orange County (with Colin Hanks and Jack Black) and Mean Girls (with Lindsey Lohan).

John Patrick Amedori has already worked with some of Hollywood’s most notable directors including Cameron Crowe in Almost Famous, M. Night Shyamalan in Unbreakable and Jonathan Demme in Beloved. Amedori’s television credits include guest starring roles on notable TV dramas such as “The Guardian,” “State of Grace,” “Law & Order” and “Still Standing.” He has just finished the film Mrs. Harris opposite Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley and is currently shooting a lead role opposite Missy Peregrym and Vanessa Lengies in Stick It for Walt Disney Pictures. Ryan Carroll of Alpine expressed “The moment I saw his picture, I saw the face of Jonah Brand. John lends a warmth and complexity to the role, and we are very happy to have such a fine young actor.”

Jonathon Trent is a Los Angeles native who attended Malibu high school where he was quarterback on the football team, as well as a member of the track, wrestling and tennis teams and an avid surfer. After being cast as McMurphy in the school production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Jonathon decided that he wanted to focus his energies on acting. Ryan Carroll, President of Alpine Pictures, expressed “We are very excited to have this young talent as part of our cast. We are also lucky to grab him now, before he explodes and tops the Hollywood A-list.”

Jonathon’s first major role was Ted in the feature film Smile which also stars Mika Boorem, Linda Hamilton, Sean Astin, Beau Bridges and Cheri Oteri. In addition to the excitement of working with such an amazing cast, the film was shot in Mainland China and gave Jonathon his first opportunity to travel the world. Smile is currently playing in theatres throughout California, and is going into wide release later in the spring. Jonathon also stars in the pilot episode of the new Fox Series “The Inside” which will debut in 2005. Most recently he had a lead role in Q. Allan Brocka’s new film Boy Culture, filmed in Seattle. Jonathon is currently filming the lead role in a feature film called Pray for Morning.

Jenny Wade has garnered attention for her appearance on Project Greenlight 3 and has had numerous guest appearances on some of televisions top rated shows and is exploding on the big screen in several feature films, including Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda and Ice Harvest with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton.

D.J. (Donald Joseph) Cotrona grew up in Connecticut where he studied pre-law at Boston College. During a break from his studies D.J. came to visit a family friend in Los Angeles and decided to put college on hold to move to Hollywood and pursue an acting career. His impulsiveness paid off when he was almost immediately chosen to play Adam Roam, in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Fox drama “Skin”, with Olivia Wilde (“The OC” and The Girl Next Door) Ron Silver (“The West Wing”, “Chicago Hope”) and Kevin Anderson (“Power and Beauty”, Hoffa). Cotrona will soon be seen in Backwater with Bijou Phillips (Havoc, Almost Famous) and is expected to sizzle on the screen as popular jock Lucas Mitchell. Executive Producer Neil Kaufman remarked, “D.J. adds depth and charm to Lucas to balance his sharp tongue” and continued “He is a young talent with a long future ahead of him and we are fortunate to be working with him.” D.J. has also guest-starred on NBC’s hit series, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

The film also co-stars Daryl Hannah as Sandra Brand, the single mother of lead character Jonah Brand. Sandra is a single mother, struggling to raise a son alone, and sacrificing to afford him the opportunity to attend Horizon’s, one of the most elite private schools in California. On Hannah’s role in the film, Ryan Carroll has said, “We are very excited to have such a talented actor playing Sandra Brand. We are looking forward to seeing how Daryl brings Sandra to life, and what surprises her talents will add to the character.”

Producer, Jed Nolan asserted “Sandra Brand is a character that many single mothers will relate to, and Daryl will bring a strength and humility to the character that can inspire them.” Daryl Hannah has played such diverse roles as android, mermaid cave girl, and even a giant and Alpine Pictures, Inc. is proud to have her as part of the cast of Love Is the Drug.

Daryl Christine Hannah was born December 3rd, 1960. She went on to graduate from University of Southern California School of Theater, practiced ballet with Maria Tallchief, and studied drama at Chicago’s famed Goodman School of Drama. Daryl’s talents are not limited to acting, she has played keyboard and was a back-up singer for Jackson Browne.

Principal photography wrapped successfully and with no incident, highlighting Elliott Lester’s deft hand as a director and saving a significant amount of time and money through Lester and his team’s intense preparation months before a single camera rolled. The daily’s, (the actual film that was shot on that day), have been met with universal acclaim and applause for both cast and crew. Over the coming weeks the movie will begin taking it’s shape, it’s attitude and pace as the filmed scenes are cut and spliced together in editing. Emotions will be stirred with the mix of music and other sound elements layered over the filmed movie. The film will be scrutinized for improvements and adjustments made. The filmed scenes will be woven together to create a taut line to thread the story together into a shroud that envelops the audience in its warmth.

Once post-production is completed the project will be submitted to select film festivals, such as Sundance, The Toronto Film Festival, and other high profile venues, to stimulate further media awareness. Love Is the Drug is a hard look at teen life, portrayed by a brilliant cast, directed by a raconteur, and written by dramatist that is sure to capture the attention of film critics, the public and the major studios.

Alpine Pictures, Inc. is a 10 year-old independent film production and distribution company located in Burbank, CA. In addition to Love Is the Drug, Alpine has just signed a five-picture deal with Resolution Independent of Australia and has the horror film Vampire Bachelor Party, along with several other films, currently in development. The company hopes that these efforts will help make way for it to enter the public arena this year.

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