Sunday, March 19, 2000

Louiso to chat about 'Fidelity'




BY MARGARET A. McGURK
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Former Cincinnatian Todd Louiso hits cyberspace this week to chat with fans online about High Fidelity, in which he co-stars with John Cusack.

        The chat is scheduled for 10 p.m. Thursday at www.highfidelity.movies.com.

        The film is based on the cult novel by British writer Nick Hornby. It centers on an old-fashioned vinyl record store and the romantic misadventures of its owner, played by Mr. Cusack. Though the book was set in London, the film locale has been switched to Chicago, Mr. Cusack's hometown. Mr. Cusack also will go online to promote the movie at 9 p.m. Monday.

        Mr. Louiso, who plays a mild-mannered record-store clerk in High Fidelity, has also appeared in Scent of a Woman, Apollo 13, The Rock and Jerry Maguire. The son of Cincinnatians Sue Kitei and Children's Theatre artistic director Jack Louiso, he graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

        Todd Louiso is also the producer and director of the short film The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, based on a play by Tom Stoppard. It screened at the Sundance Film Festival, won the New York Comedy Film Festival's award for Best Short and has been shown on the cable stations Bravo and the Independent Film Channel. Mr. Louiso has appeared on the TV series Phenom and on Chicago Hope.

        WANTED: UNPAID EXTRAS: Volunteer extras and crew members are invited to contribute their talents to a short film set for production here in July.

        Crocodile is the brainchild of former University of Cincinnati graduate student Pedro Lange-Churion, a Venezuelan film scholar now based at the University of San Francisco.

        Based on a short story by Felisberto Hernandez, the 30-minute film will center on a failed musician who discovers he can cry at will. The lead will be played by Enrique Giordano, who teaches Latin American literature and theater at UC.

        Production manager Melissa Go doy said Linford Detweiler of the local band Over The Rhine is composing music for the film.

        To volunteer, send resumes to Melissa Godoy, 19 Broadcast Plaza, Suite 203, 635 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati 45203.

        WANNA WRITE A SCRIPT? Northern Kentucky University Community Education program offers a one-day seminar on “Screenwriting for the Movies” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, at the Covington Campus, 1401 Dixie Highway. The course is taught by writer and editor Michael Garrett, who is also an instructor with the Writers Digest school. Fee is $69. 392-2400.

        DEADLINE ALERT: You have until May 15 to meet the early deadline for the Ohio Independent Screenplay Awards competition, which offers two cash prizes of $1,000, plus submission to potential producers and agents.

        Screenplays submitted by the May 15 deadline must be accompanied by a $40 fee. Late entries will be accepted up until June 1, for a fee of $60.

        Forms are available at www.ohiofilm.com, or from OIFF, 1121 Clark Ave., Cleveland OH 44109.

        FAMILY-FRIENDLY WEBSITE: A new Web site aimed at parents has joined the booming field of movie-rating services.

        Founded by Tristate entrepreneur Mark Reineck, the site — www.kidsmovies.net — offers less detail than the analysis featured at screenit.com, or the Cincinnati-based kids-in-mind.com. It specializes in movies aimed at the youngest audiences and describes frightening content, moral values and other issues important to parents.

        Margaret A. McGurk is Enquirer film critic. Write her at 312 Elm St. Cincinnati 45202; fax to (513) 768-8330; e-mail to mmcgurk@enquirer.com.

       



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