Hope, DreamWorks Alum Begin Shooting Today
November 15, 2019 by Screenmag
It's been a busy year for Josh Hope, and it's about to get busier. Hope is teaming up with former DreamWorks Development Executive Lisa Freberg and a veteran Chicago team to shoot his third feature, ALEX/OCTOBER, starting today and shooting through December 7th in and around the Chicagoland area.
"ALEX/OCTOBER is my screwed up, strung out version of a love letter to Chicago," Hope told SCREEN, with Hope's filming locations including Pilsen, Wicker Park, Little Italy and Lake Michigan. "It's about an unusual relationship that develops between a middle-aged alcoholic and an art school dropout after a bizarre online classified causes their chaotic lives to crash into each other."
Former Dreamworks Executive Freberg Producing
Working alongside Hope will be producer Lisa Freberg, with ALEX/OCTOBER marking the debut feature for her One Good Man Productions company. Freberg most recently served as a Development Executive for DreamWorks, with credits including HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN.
Also producing is Tara Shayne, who will also be acting in the film alongside veteran Hollywood actors Brad Hunt (MAGNOLIA, CRIMINAL MINDS) and Stacy Edwards (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, SHAMELESS). Hope's crew is highlighted by Director of Photography Yash Khanna, Line Producer Paulina Olszynski, Casting Director Brittani Ward, Production Designer Maggie O’Brien, Jessica Sheehan on wardrobe, Mary Banker handling locations, and Assistant Director Joshua Schilling.
It's been a busy year for Hope, who spends much of the year programming for film festivals all over the country, including Gig Harbor Film Festival in Washington State, Twister Alley in Oklahoma, and the Windy City International Film Festival in his hometown of Chicago. Meanwhile, Hope is wrapping up distribution efforts for his most recent feature, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN UNHAPPILY MARRIED MAN, which you can buy by clicking right here.
As for ALEX/OCTOBER, which begins principal photography today, "This is a story about life at rock bottom, and redemption and hope," Hope concluded. "Unless you’ve been fortunate enough to have lived a charmed life (I certainly haven’t), I think most people can relate to that feeling of hopelessness as some point in their lives, and overcoming when all seems lost."