Attention, all Nations!
NUTCRACKER is the story of Dr.Carlton Fairfax II, an obsessed, egomaniacal therapist with a horrible secret who meets a strangely familiar patient who leads Carl down a road of deceptive revenge in order to reveal his horrible, hellish secret.
The production of NUTCRACKER, I'm happy to report, is one of the most sophisticated and professional films shot on an "indie" budget in recent years.
The Movie was made with advanced state-of-the-art technology for brain waves provided courtesy of UCSF’s Neuropsychological Lab located at the VA Hospital in San Francisco, providing cutting-edge technology for scientists who are trying to decipher the inner workings of the human brain.
In every way, NUTCRACKER will take its place alongside other hugely successful independent features, i.e., "The Blair Witch Project", "El Mariachi", etc. The difference is that whereby these others have all been made using amateur locations and unknown actors, NUTCRACKER uses name actors (such as madman David "Last House..." Hess, San Francisco DJ-Queen Darian O'Toole and others), sophisticated sets and locations to achieve a true high-tech feel to enhance the engaging and truly twisted tale.
- Dream St. North/TNC Productions
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Glen Grefe, Writer/Director: Glen Grefe (uncertain himself if he's related to 70's shock filmmaker William "Stanley" Grefe) is the award-winning writer/director/producer of a series of stylized shorts - shot in the '90s - which have achieved cult status for a number of dedicated fans, including "Spiritboxing", "She Don't Wear....", "Under the Influence" and "Menomenie Malice". Other projects include the suspenseful "The Hunt"(DP/editor), "Rondy"(DP), "Sleep" (actor/editor), award-winner Chris Gridley's "Ludicrous Root of Misogyny" and John Harden's new digital feature "Breakfast with the Colonel". He has also written several feature length screenplays. "Nutcracker" marks Grefe's debut as a feature film director. He is currently writing a feature based on America's first - and probably most evil - serial killer, set in 1890's, Chicago.
Cult/horror fans take note! NUTCRACKER highlights star DAVID HESS, the actor who first appeared as the legendary psycho “Krug” in the film that launched Wes Craven’s career, "Last House On the Left". David starred in two other Wes Craven films; directed his own feature, "To All A Goodnight" and wrote “I Got Stung” for Elvis!
Bill Bragg: From stage-star to feature film debut - Bill plays the lead, Dr. Calton Fairfax II, a renowned psychotherapist slowly losing his mind due to a mysterious new patient (Hess) and his own dark, deadly and repressed past.
Karl-Heinz Teuber: A favorite character actor in movies such as "Amadeus"... he plays friend/mentor to Carl... but is he really what/who he seems?
Christine Marie Schneider: "Flubber", Bedazzled", and recent indie: "Convicts and Converts", plays Carl's bitchy trophy wife who is begging to be the first victim... but whose?
Cheryl Jennings: San Francisco, KGO-TV news anchor appears as herself but in the role of a biting talk-show host with a passion to rip Carl's psychiatric reputation to shreds, just for the fun of it.
Darian O'Toole: Sassy DJ Queen turned actor ("Nash Bridges"; "Teknolust") plays one of Carl's patients who enjoys 'playing doctor' a little too much - but is there another more deceitful reason other than obsessive-dependance and lust?
Esther Mamet: (Related to famed director and playwrite David Mamet) as Carlton’s overbearing/critical Mother, who knows something she's not telling...
Elina Filippova: (In Cahoots) as suspicious Sierra Steinbach
Art Lewis: (Sleepy Hollow and The Right Stuff) as Carlton’s late abusive and "spectral" Father.
Noris Campos: (Nash Bridges) as Sonja Delhi
Jon Gale: (Days of our Lives) as The Missionary
Ralph Filice: (Pizza) as Dario Convero
William King Appel: (In Cahoots) as the serious Detective Jeremy Ringer
Duane Johnson: as Detective Jim Lynch, Det. Ringer's over-enthusiastic cousin with a misplaced Dirty-Harry mentality.Review:
Aquilino: We want acquisition-execs to say, “They did THIS for pennies!...if we gave them a million-dollars, what would they do?” -- Marin Independant Journal Sunday July 9, 2000 -Sura Wood (Interviewing Producer Nick Aquilino)
City-Supervisor Michael Yaki, teetotaler, plays a lecherous-drunk at Harry Denton's Starlight Room in "Nutcracker". DJ-Darian O'Toole got him the gig. -- SF Chronicle Thursday, May 25, 2000 - Leah Garchik
Europe... they love independent-American films. I’ve fantasies being in Paris... ``You’re ze’ Michael Yaki? Ze’ lecher? Ze' drunk-politician?” -- SF Chronicle June, 2000 -Michael Yaki, San Francisco City Supervisor
NUTCRACKER is why great films exist – it's the story that counts... this movie has it in a big way. -- Los Angeles Herald Dispatch... Thursday, May 4th edition - Michael St. John
The movie “Nutcracker” is being shot at Harry Denton’s Starlight-Room atop the lovely Sir-Francis-Drake, starring David Hess. -- SF Chronicle Thursday, May 18, 2000 - Scott Ostler
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