Greetings from Earth, a short film adapted from a story written by English professor Scott Bradfield and starring Mariel Hemingway, will have its premiere screening at the Tribeca Film
Festival April 25 through May 6
in New York.
Bradfield, who has authored many novels, short stories, and feature films based on his own work, co-wrote the screenplay for the 20-minute film with Kim Jacobs, a commercial director.
It is based on the title story from Bradfield’s second book, Greetings from Earth: New and Collected Stories (1993).
The film, which also has been accepted at the prestigious LA Film Festival June 21 through July 1, tells the story of Helen, a disenchanted housewife who cultivates out-of-body experiences to escape from her otherwise mundane
“It’s a very difficult story to film because it all takes place in the lead character’s head,” Bradfield said.
“That particular voice was inspired by my mother, her friends, and that whole generation of housewives who often talked about being tired of their husbands and their suburban lives and who dared to want something more for themselves than material belongings.”
Jacobs said she was attracted
to the story by “the tragedy in the mundane and trivial … I got the sensibility, the darkness, the comedy, and the absurdity. I think there is this depth and humanity and sadness to Helen.”
The film was shot in high definition with a Viper Film Stream Camera used in director David Fincher’s latest film Zodiac.
In addition to Hemingway, Greetings from Earth features a cast of talented comedy actors including stand-up comic Patton Oswald (King of Queens, Mad TV, Mr. Show), Amy French (Me and You and Everyone We Know, Commander in Chief), Seth Morris (Damage Control, Love Inc.) and Allisyn Ashley Arm (Friends, Judging Amy).
Bradfield’s other books include The History of Luminous Motion (1989), which was turned into
the 2002 film Luminous Motion, Animal Planet (1995); Good Girl Wants it Bad (2004); and Hot
Animal Love: Tales of Modern Romance (2005).
Among his other screenplays is The Secret Lives of Houses (1994), which was produced for PBS and presented at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bradfield also has worked with American producer and director Roger Corman and written screenplays for Columbia Pictures, Working Title Films, and Good Machine, an independent film production and distribution
Bradfield joined the UConn
faculty in 1989.
He teaches creative writing and film writing,
and will direct the University’s Study Abroad program in
London during the spring semester of 2008.