Silvers fills director’s shoes on ‘Visionaries’

Dean Silvers, the New York-based producer of Miramax’s “Flirting With Disaster” and Sony Classics’ “Manny & Lo,” will make his directorial debut on “Visionaries,” which begins shooting Monday in New York.

The dark comedy stars Golden Globe winner Amanda Donahoe (“The Madness of King George”), Jeremy Davies (“Twister,” “Going All the Way”), Bill Sage (“I Shot Andy Warhol”), Adrienne Shelly (“Sleep With Me,” “Trust”) and Danton Stone (“McHale’s Navy”).

Production team

“Visionaries” is produced by Silvers and longtime collaborators Marlen Hecht and Klaus Volkenbourne. The executive producer is Lois Pope of Pope Entertainment Group.

Written by Silvers, “Visionaries” tells of three young friends whose idealistic dream of changing the world with their startup environmental company is shattered when a 14-year-old volunteer dies under suspicious circumstances.

The filmmakers retain all distribution rights to the film worldwide, with the exception of German television.

Silvers and Hecht also collaborated on Fine Line’s “Spanking the Monkey” and the Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “Wigstock” and “The Last Good Time.”

The husband-and-wife team now is at work on the John Pierson-hosted cable series “Split Screen” and a new film by “Manny & Lo” helmer Lisa Krueger.

In addition, Silvers and Michelle Satter are producing a film adaptation of Isabel Allende’s “Eva Luna,” with Michael Radford attached to direct.

“Manny & Lo” and “Flirting With Disaster” each recently received four Spirit Award nominations.

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