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Lloyd, Kaczmarek to star in ‘Boat Builder’ Peter Jones to direct ‘Presidents Club’ docu

 LOS ANGELES, Aug 15, (RTRS): Award-winning documentary filmmaker Peter Jones has acquired the rights to “The Presidents Club,” the 2012 New York Times best-selling book by Time editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. The book is about how presidents from Herbert Hoover through Barack Obama have worked with — and sometimes against — each other when they were both in and out of power, TheWrap has learned.

“Nancy and Michael have masterfully crafted intimate and untold tales of friendship, competition and conspiracy inside the world’s most exclusive fraternity,” Jones said. “My intention is to make a thrill ride of a film. I cannot imagine a more fascinating prism through which to look at American history and politics since the end of World War II.”
Jones expects to complete the documentary for release in 2016, which is the next presidential election year.
The documentary will rely on many of the same interviews, unpublished letters and untold stories in “The Presidents Club,” as well as archival material from presidential libraries.
Jones said, “These stories will unfold employing primary source material. We will use the words of the presidents themselves from interviews, oral histories and news reports. We will conduct original interviews with key players, but my intention is to use only their voices over freshly shot footage, archival film and photographs. This material, much of it transferred to HD for the first time, will be visually stunning.”
In a joint statement, Gibbs and Duffy said, “Peter is a great storyteller and the ‘Club’ is a great story, so it will be exciting to see Peter bring it to life on a bigger screen,” Gibbs and Duffy said in a joint statement.
Jones earned his first Primetime Emmy Award in 1997 for his documentary “Judy Garland: Beyond The Rainbow” and won his second Emmy in 2006 for “Stardust: The Bette Davis Story.” His documentary “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times” earned a Peabody Award in 2009.
Jones will be joined by longtime collaborators Mark Catalena and Brian Tessier. Catalena will be the film’s co-director and editor, while Tessier will be a producer and primary researcher, responsible for unearthing previously unseen material. “These guys form my dream team,” Jones said.
Gibbs and Duffy are represented by Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly in Washington and by Michael Rudell of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C. in New York.
Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, TV veteran Jane Kaczmarek and Denver-based newcomer Tekola Cornetet (pictured above) are set to star in writer-director Arnold Grossman’s indie drama “The Boat Builder,” it was announced Wednesday.
Richard Bosner, who served as line producer on Sundance award winner “Fruitvale Station,” will produce the “Boat Builder,” which starts production next week in the San Francisco area. Principal photography is expected to last one month.
“The Boat Builder” is a family-friendly film that stars Lloyd as Abner, a one-time Merchant Marine captain who in the twilight of his years and against the wishes of his daughter (Kaczmarek), endeavors to construct a seaworthy vessel in his oceanfront yard. Abner’s scheme is complicated when he’s befriended by Rick (Cornetet), a bright, inquisitive child in a difficult foster situation.
Cornetet makes his feature acting debut in “The Boat Builder,” which is a SAG Indie production that co-stars David Lascher, Martin Ganapoler, Jessiqa Pace and young actors Joseph Schirle, Ethan Bartley, Matthew Ronder-Seid, Alejandro Lopez, Lucas Meyers and Shawn Clifford.
“The fully-realized characters Arnold created for ‘The Boat Builder’ have attracted an outstanding cast and crew to what has become among all of us a highly anticipated voyage,” said Bosner.
“I am honored by this chance to work with Christopher Lloyd and the incomparable Jane Kaczmarek, and excited to introduce the magical young actor Tekola Cornetet,” added Grossman.
Best known for his work in the hit “Back to the Future” franchise and the classic TV comedy “Taxi,” Lloyd recently earned strong reviews for playing dual roles in last year’s Classic Stage Company production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.”
Kaczmarek, who earned multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work on “Malcolm in the Middle,” recently appeared on USA’s “Playing House.”
“The Boat Builder” will serve as the first feature by writer-director Grossman, who once wrote an episode of “The Love Boat.” He spent his early career writing and producing TV spots for such Democratic candidates as Pat Schroeder, Gary Hart and Leon Panetta. He also authored or co-authored four novels and one nonfiction book on subjects ranging from the romantic Los Angeles comedy “Going Together” to the deadly serious “One Nation Under Guns.”
Grossman has also written two plays, both of which were staged at Denver’s Industrial Arts Theater Company. It was one of those, “The Little Bastard,” that provided an early blueprint for “The Boat Builder.”

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