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Side Effects

Despondent over his divorce, Paul tries to take an overdose of sleeping pills

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Despondent over his divorce, Paul tries to take an overdose of sleeping pills.  But unknown to him, the young woman who works at the pharmacy secretly loves him and intercedes by giving him a placebo instead of his intended prescription.  When Paul tries to discover what really happened, he winds up finding there is a lot more in his world than he ever realized.  Including perhaps, a reason not to take the pills.

Arye Gross

Arye Gross

"Paul"

Arye Gross

  "Paul"

An industry veteran with over twenty years of film and television credits including acclaimed appearances in such films as Minority Report and For The Boys, he is probably best known for his role as Adam Green on the hit sitcom, Ellen. He also has appeared as a recurring character or guest star on The Riches, The Practice, Diagnosis Murder, Friends, The X-Files, Six Feet Under, ER and many, many others. Arye is also an acclaimed stage actor, having won a Dramalogue Award for his portrayal of a mentally retarded adolescent in the play "Screwball," which he acted in when he was a member of the South Coast Repertory Theater

Amanda Tepe

Amanda Tepe

"Jo"

Amanda Tepe

  "Jo"

Amanda is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her film work includes Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Wes Craven’s Pulse, and Bottom's Up, as well as the independent features Crazy, Save the Mavericks and 2005 Tribeca Film Festival Favorite Iowa. Amanda also has starred in two recently completed short films, Framed and Dandelion Dharma. Television credits include guest-starring and recurring roles on Dexter, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Cory in the House, That's So Raven, Entourage, Wizards of Waverly Place, October Road and General Hospital. Amanda has performed in various theatrical productions throughout Los Angeles, including a recent production of John Patrick Shanley’s The Dreamer Examines his Pillow at the McCadden Place Theatre, with Eddie Jones and Jeffrey Stubblefield. Amanda also wrote, produced, and appeared in Tepe for Mayor: 3 One-Acts to Get Your Vote in Hollywood, which completed its critically acclaimed run in 2001. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Cal Arts and studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Amanda also holds a Master of the Arts in Educational Theatre from NYU and is a proud member of the Interact Theatre Company.

Chuck Rose

Chuck Rose

Writer
Director

Chuck Rose

  Writer  Director

An award-winning writer/director/producer, his recent projects include his script Almost Dangerous, currently in development at Mandalay Pictures, Steps at Endgame Entertainment, and Nervous Rex, a remake of the classic Danny Kaye film Up in Arms which he is writing for the Samuel Goldwyn Company. Produced screenplay credits include the feature film, Just Friends, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

He founded the company Eleventh Hour Productions in order to expand into the area of film production. Their first film, The Elevator, which he wrote and directed, won BEST SHORT FILM at both the Denver World Cinema Film Festival and the St. Louis International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Toronto, AFI, Fort Lauderdale and Temecula Film Festivals and was subsequently acquired by PBS. He recently completed his feature directing debut, Come As You Are, a modern day Big Chill starring James Russo (Open Range, Stealing Sinatra) and James Marshall (A Few Good Men, Twin Peaks). It has already been selected at one of the year’s BEST NEW INDEPENDENT FILM COMEDIES by the prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

A prolific playwright, he is the author of the critically acclaimed play, Weekend In Goshen and has had over a dozen plays produced both in New York and Los Angeles at such esteemed theaters as The Hudson Theatre, Theatre Geo, The Angels Theatre and West Coast Ensemble. His play, Eye to Eye, recently premiered off-Broadway at the American Globe Theatre. His play, Looking For Lois was selected as a finalist by the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National One-Act Play Contest.

Richard H. Prince

Richard H. Prince

Producer

Richard H. Prince

  Producer

An industry veteran with over twenty years of production experience, Richard began his career as production manager on the film Personal Best, directed by the legendary Robert Towne. He has gone on to work on such films as The Bedroom Window (dir. Curtis Hanson), Nick of Time (starring Johnny Depp),Angels in the OutfieldRules of EngagementThe ReplacementsOnly the LonelyThe Animal and The Banger Sisters. He co-produced the independent film Saw (starring Cary Elwes and Danny Glover), which had its premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before going on to become one of the most successful independent films in history, and spawning two sequels.

Ulf Söderqvist

Ulf Söderqvist

Director of Photography

Ulf Söderqvist

  Director of Photography

Film and TV credits include Renee turns 40 (Fox Searchlab), More Than Love (Independent), Gary Under Crisis (HBO pilot) and Adopt A Sailor starring Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote. Ulf has shot over 100 commercials, both in the United States and across Europe, including spots for Proctor & Gamble, GM, GE, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, AMP, Canon, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Bell Atlantic, Kroger, Columbia Gas, Central Bank, Nissan and others), US Airways, America West, United Airways. He has been instrumental in the development of the revolutionary new Silicon Imaging SI-2K Digital Cinema Camera, which was used in the production of Side Effects.

Erik C. Andersen

Erik C. Andersen

Editor

Erik C. Andersen

  Editor

Side Effects marks Erik’s second collaboration with director Chuck Rose. Erik has edited many feature films including Hotel California, No Place Like Home, Come As You Are, Animal, You Did What?, Down With Love, Bring It On, and Desperado. Film-festival award-winning short films include The 73 Virgins, Tackle Box, Raw, and Dirty Mary.

In the early ‘90s, Erik helped introduce one of the first computer-based editing systems, Lightworks, to the film industry. These systems have revolutionized the way editors cut today. In 1997, he received an Emmy for editing Joe, a Public Service Announcement for the American Heart Association. He is one of 15 editors who authored the book Transitions - Voices on the Craft of Digital Editing. Erik directed and is currently editing The Fright Gallery Presents – The Documentary.

Common Rotation

Common Rotation

Music

Common Rotation

  Music

Patricia Noland, CSA

Patricia Noland, CSA

Casting Director

Patricia Noland, CSA

  Casting Director

Shawn Dyrdahl

Shawn Dyrdahl

1st AD

Shawn Dyrdahl

  1st AD

Simon Söderqvist

Simon Söderqvist

D.I.T.

Simon Söderqvist

  D.I.T.

Glen Narimatsu

Glen Narimatsu

Gaffer

Glen Narimatsu

  Gaffer

Richard Esquivel

Richard Esquivel

Key Grip

Richard Esquivel

  Key Grip

Robert Sharman

Robert Sharman

Sound Mixer

Robert Sharman

  Sound Mixer

Aaron Grice

Aaron Grice

Boom Operator

Aaron Grice

  Boom Operator

Jennifer Soulages

Jennifer Soulages

Costume Designer

Jennifer Soulages

  Costume Designer

While enjoying a successful design career in film and television, Jennifer is thrilled to collaborate with the creators of Strike TV. A graduate of UCLA’s  Theater Dept., Jennifer draws upon her love of creating characters through color and texture as seen in Chuck Rose’s “Side Effects” and Peter Hyoguchi’s “Me First”. Jennifer’s experience with stunts, practical effects and special effects make-up enabled her to create a new standard of horror-inspired action, filmed entirely in daylight, for Tom Holland’s “Five or Die”.

Character development and technical knowledge are the main components of all Jennifer’s work, including: “SAW”, “Veronica Mars”, “Killer Pad”, “House of the Dead 2”, “The Fallen Ones”, and most recently, Frank Mancuso Jr.’s remake of his 1986 horror film, “April Fool’s Day”.

E. Larry Day

E. Larry Day

Makeup

E. Larry Day

  Makeup

Lia Robin

Lia Robin

Makeup/Hair

Lia Robin

  Makeup/Hair

Veda Semarne

Veda Semarne

Script Supervisor

Veda Semarne

  Script Supervisor

Jared Poe

Jared Poe

Production Assistant

Jared Poe

  Production Assistant

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What is the premise of Side Effects?
Tell us about your cast and crew.
Patrick Francis

Patrick Francis recently completed a feature documentary on the maverick film director, Andre deToth. Andre deToth: The Director's Director probes the connection between deToth's wild life (his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, the devastating collapse of his marriage to Veronica Lake, his resilience after breaking his neck three times) and his extraordinary cinematic achievements (A-pictures, B-pictures, noirs, westerns, war films, and the 3-D classic, House of Wax). A collaborative effort shot over the last years of deToth's life, the film is an intimate portrayal and highly personal exploration of a man who truly lived life on his own terms. Directors Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Donner, and Bertrand Tavernier also pay tribute to this largely underappreciated artist.

For the video-based website, Interviewing Hollywood, Mr. Francis has produced and edited over 30 hours of content, and conducted in-depth, career-focused Q&A's with Crispin Glover, Elliott Gould, Peter Bogdanovich, and many others. He's also written several screenplays for hire (which hopefully will never be produced) as well as film-related journalism for such publications as L.A. Weekly and MovieMaker Magazine, among others.

It should be noted that Mr. Francis is obsessed with the cinema of Werner Herzog, is an L.A. native, and is the proud owner of a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey, which is aging quietly in the briny sea air of southern Scotland.

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Production Notes

Born out of the adversity of the WGA Strike, a group of concerned and talented professionals came together to make a film for STRIKE TV, a group dedicated to raising money for the Strike Relief Fund. And so, we were able to assemble and amazing cast and crew without the usual impediments of contracts, offers, agents, etc.

And then there was the matter of the script. I wanted the content to mirror the spirit of the cause. And so I crafted a story about finding hope in the midst of despair. Of having the courage to take a risk when things seem darkest, and finding out that the answer to your problems may be right in front of you the whole time.

Once the script was ready, the project came together with amazing speed. From first production meeting to the start of the shoot took just three weeks. The film was shot in one night! And post was just another few weeks. And when I viewed the finished film, I realized that the lead character's journey was the same our journey, both during the strike and in the making of the film. From a feeling of helplessness to realizing we were able to take action on our own, to finding out the future is what we make of it, and finally seeing the sun after a very long night.

I hope that the people who view the film come away with the same sense of optimism that we discovered in the making of it.

Comments (22)

perespass (7th October 2009)
I LOVED it!!!!

Demzpencils (26th January 2009)
Unbelievable! The acting is gripping and the direction is superb! I'm touched by both of these characters these characters.

richardhench (21st December 2008)
Chuck! Great!
Arye, I've always liked your work!
And am I correct? Amanda, did you play the pharmacist? Beautiful! Your sensitivity and hesittion are perfect!

Excellent direction, writing, acting, and production....

bluestarlit (17th November 2008)
i really like this very nice story

brittanylauren (12th April 7102)
I love it. I can't wait to see the next one.

Great Job!

Dria1214 (12th April 3617)
Great story. Everything pulled together in a neat and small package. Can't wait to see more like it.

Russ Of America (12th April 9606)
Good story and good acting. I like the timing between the characters; it's awkward but tender.

(PS: The "watch as directed" button is a nice touch.)

mfprod27 (29th October 2008)
Well done, Great acting and thoughtful direction. Look forward to the next episode.

Tyler Hall (15th October 2008)
I haven't really watched too many Dramas on the internet but i liked this one. Are there going to be more or is it just a short film. Either way I thought it was great.

Just a general thought for the web site. How about putting the length of all the shows up somewhere. I'd like to know what I'm getting into. Maybe have the numbers count down instead of up when the video is playing.

bluue (25th September 2008)
really good story, good tension--keeps you watching and waiting to see what happens next, wonderfully acted and it could be a pilot for a series--enjoyed it

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