November 10th, 2010 14:25 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Erik Peter Carlson, Writer/Director of Feature Film "Transatlantic Coffee
Erik Peter Carlson just finished production of the feature film "Transatlantic Coffee. " It was shot with a six-figure budget starring both established and up-and-coming New York talents in a story set after September 11th, 2001.
The picture was optioned and funded by Kirk Shaw of Insight Films of Vancouver with investors from Algarve, Portugal. The project initially had Harvey Keitel attached as well as Dee Wallace among other names. Due to recession worries the project was put on hold and Erik took back the rights to the picture to find funding from independent backers in North America. Within a year, Erik raised the funds for the picture and is currently credited as Executive Producer, Writer and Director of the project. The project is set to be completed by February 2011.
During the period of raising funds for the feature "Transatlantic Coffee", Erik wrote a sitcom pilot with co-writer Shane Carlson (Brooklyn-Knights) to be presented to cable and network Executives. With the assistance of their friend, Mark Doering Powell (10 Things I hate About You, Everyone Hates Chris and My Boys), Erik developed the project and raised the capital to shoot the pilot in January 2010. The pilot has since been making the festival scene and being presented to cable and network stations for acquisition consideration.
Erik has just become a part of the Writers Guild of America, East and his company Riding Hood
Motion Pictures, LLC has become an Official Signatory. He`s currently working on a new screenplay with two others ready for development.
"Erik has just become a part of the Writers Guild of America, East and his company Riding Hood Motion Pictures, LLC has become an Official Signatory. He`s currently working on a new screenplay with two others ready for development. Including a 1980`s period film entitled "Wood `N Wheels".
A classic tale of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl ".only the boy, Alex Howard (Kevin Pinassi) is a 41 year old clown, the girl, Mandie Birch (Rachel Marie Lewis) an underage stripper from London. Haunted by the memory of a mysterious woman, titillated by the surroundings of 2001 New York City, and enthralled by the emergence of Mandie into his life, Alex struggles to follow the advice of his best friend, Ronnie (Marcel Torres) and more importantly, his heart to yield his desires and do what is seemingly right.
Written and directed by Erik Peter Carlson, Transatlantic Coffee is a story of lust, love, loss, yearning, and ultimately confusion amidst a city in the shadows of tragedy.