Trio warms to tyro Sternfeld’s ‘Winter’

Limotte, Bernheim will produce indie pic

Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford and Allison Janney will star for first-time writer-director Josh Sternfeld in “Winter Solstice,” which starts shooting April 28 in locations around New York.

Indie feature will be produced by former Independent Pictures exec John Limotte and film and TV music supervisor Doug Bernheim through their recently launched, New York-based company Sound Pictures. LaPaglia and entertainment lawyer Jodi Peikoff will serve as exec producers.

Developed at the Sundance Institute’s 2001 Screenwriter’s Lab, the script centers on a widower in his mid-40s raising two sons, and the family’s attempt to come to grips when the eldest son leaves home.

The drama also will star Mark Webber (“Storytelling,” “People I Know”) and Ron Livingston (“Sex and the City”).

NYU alum

A graduate of NYU’s Graduate Film Program at the Tisch School of Arts, Sternfeld’s short film “Balloons, Streamers” played the Sundance and New York Film Festivals and was acquired by the Sundance Channel.

Tony and Emmy winner LaPaglia stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS drama “Without a Trace.” His feature credits include “The Guys,” “Analyze That,” “The House of Mirth” and “Lantana,” for which he won the Australian Film Insititute’s best actor award.

Stanford starred in “Tadpole” and appears in Fox’s “X2: X-Men United,” which opens May 2.

In addition to her three-time Emmy-winning role on “The West Wing,” Janney’s feature work includes “The Hours,” “American Beauty” and “Nurse Betty.”

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