Producer Robert Schwartz’s Wardenclyffe Entertainment will begin lensing “Within or Without You” April 7 in Minneapolis. Pic is the first of three indie features in Wardenclyffe’s 1997 production pipeline.

The feature debut of writer-director Wendell Anderson was developed at the Sundance Institute, and stars Marisa Ryan, Kristoffer Ryan Winters and Rachel True (“The Craft”).

“Within” focuses on a self-centered woman in her early 20s who realizes she is not the center of the universe after she becomes pregnant.

WCE and the newly formed Minneapolis-based production company Mount Curve, raised financing from private Minnesota sources.

Autumn ‘Moon’

The company plans a fall shoot for “Maybe the Moon,” based on the novel by “Tales of the City” author Armistead Maupin. Maupin has scripted and Mike Barker (“The James Gang”) is attached to direct the comedy about Hollywood as seen through the eyes of a female dwarf actress. Alison Owen (“Roseanna’s Grave”) will produce.

The third project slated for this year is “The Nemo Paradox,” scripted and directed by screenwriter Djordje Milicevic (“Runaway Train,” “Iron Will”).

Initial Entertainment will finance the dark comedy about a man who awakens in an insane asylum to find out he has been committed for raping and murdering the love of his life.

The picture is currently out to a male lead. “It’s a bold role, not one you can give to just any actor,” said Schwartz. “It’s hilariously funny but it also includes nudity and sex and everything that really goes on in an asylum. It’s not sanitized in anyway.”

Scwartz said the company has intentionally avoided seeking domestic distribution until films are complete, in order to retain creative control. “We figure if we’re going to work for this little money, we might as well make the best film possible,” he said. “Why do it if you’re going to give it away in the middle?”

Studio fare

The company also has two studio projects in development:

* “Mockingbird,” based on a book by Walter Tevis ( “The Color of Money,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth”), is being rewritten by Ebbe Roe Smith (“Falling Down”). Schwartz and Gigi Gaston, who penned the original script, will executive produce with Steve Tisch (“Forest Gump”) and Kearie Peak producing. The futuristic story takes place in a world where robots rule and focuses on a human couple who save mankind from extinction.

* “The Alchemist” by Brazilian author Paolo Coelho, is set up at Warner Bros.

WCE was formed a year and a half ago by Schwartz and toy designer Patti Heeden. Schwartz, along with Patrick Palmer, produced Disney’s 1994 film “Iron Will.” His other feature credits include “Old Explorers,” “Survivors” and “I Am the Blues.”

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