Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Ronalds Brothers' Short Film, LITTLE VICTIM, to Premiere July 29

Scottsdale, AZ -- Film icons Robert Wagner and Lori Singer are starring in the new JuSpan Productions / Ronalds Brothers film LITTLE VICTIM (, which premieres July 29 at Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club , 14202 N. Scottsdale Rd. in north Scottsdale. Tickets for the LITTLE VICTIM premiere are $5 at the door with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Phoenix Film Project.

Farrelli's gets the evening underway starting at 7:30 offering a no host bar and appetizer / dinner menu. Screening will open with the award winning short film THE NETHERBEAST OF BERM-TECH INDUSTRIES, INC. and will then follow with LITTLE VICTIM and the MAKING OF LITTLE VICTIM. The premiere celebration continues with conversations with Actors Robert Wagner, Lori Singer, and Laura Durant, Producer/Co-Star Brian Ronalds, Producer Andy Putman-Nelson, Executive Producer Kevin Berman and Director/Producer Dean Ronalds. The cast and crew are scheduled to attend but not guaranteed. The evening will wrap up with a post-show mixer in Farrelli's theater lounge.

Robert Wagner, whose legendary Hollywood career lists nearly 200 credits over the past five decades, portrayed the dapper Howard. Baby Boomers remember Wagner fondly the handsome heartthrob from films like THE PINK PANTHER and as the suave millionaire detective Jonathan Hart in the television series HART TO HART, and today's audiences know him as Dr. Evil's eye-patched "Number Two" in the Austin Powers film trilogy.

Lori Singer, who played Howard's trophy girlfriend Tracy, made her breakout performance in the NBC television series FAME as the willowy cellist Julie Miller. This lead to her the celebrated role as wild child Ariel Moore in the film FOOTLOOSE. Lori also played opposite of Tom Hanks in THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE. Most recently Lori starred in the FOX sci-fi television drama VR.5.

Laura Durant is the nagging and finagling mother Irene. Laura has been performing Valley stages for the past 18 years in such productions as Equus for N2T, Romeo & Juliet for Southwest Shakespeare and Six Degrees of Separation for Phoenix Theater. Among her film credits include two JuSpan projects, PORTRAIT and A.W.O.L.. She is currently co-host of the television show SCREEN WARS, highlighting local Independent Filmmakers.

Brian Ronalds pulled double-duty as the film's producer and the role of the frantic Duane. Brian said that the film really makes a commentary on what people find important in life. "We focus on something that doesn't really matter while something that is important is ignored outright. It's a very absurd look at life; I think it's more of a reflection of ourselves: all around, really, we are little victims of circumstance."

LITTLE VICTIM signals yet another high point for the Ronalds Brothers' as their star continues to rise in the independent film festival circuit. Director / Producer Dean Ronalds knows their continuing success as filmmakers is one borne of perseverance. "We are calculated risk takers," he said. "We've learned to the importance of being deliberate in our decisions rather than rush into a project that might then have taken us down some very rough roads. The result is a group of films that we are very passionate about and that we enjoy making."

LITTLE VICTIM (, the eighth film by Brian and Dean Ronalds, signals yet another high point for the Ronalds Brothers' as their star continues to rise in the independent film festival circuit. With Brian as actor / producer and Dean as director / producer, the brothers have become an integral part in the rebirth of Phoenix independent filmmaking.

This year the Phoenix Film Festival recognized the Ronald Brothers' contributions to Valley cinema by naming them Arizona Filmmakers of the Year. During his acceptance speech, Brian summed up the potential of the burgeoning Valley film scene. "Phoenix is pregnant with potential," he said.

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