Sports agent Miro Vrana, producer/manager Julia Brunton and artist/writer Adrienne McQueen have teamed to launch film shingle Cinema League.
Based in Los Angeles, the partners aim to produce initially two or three films a year with budgets in the $5 million-$20 million range. Cinema League will focus on eclectic topics and inter-culture concepts to fill what the partners see as an unserved niche in the marketplace.
Cinema League’s debut project will be “Hometown Blues,” directed by Australian helmer Nadia Tass (“Malcolm,” “Amy,” “The Big Steal”). Pic is set to begin shooting in the spring in Melbourne, Australia.
Story follows an athletic African-American teen, who finds himself in Australia after his father is injured on an oil rig in Melbourne, and his struggle to play Australian Rules Football.
The producers have selected the Melbourne-based Collingwood Magpies as the preferred team to be featured in “Hometown Blues.”
Vrana’s been an agent for soccer players since 1997 and has worked with some of the stars at this summer’s World Cup in Germany. He’s also produced, written and directed films in Australia in recent years through his production company, Vrana Pictures.
McQueen has been working as an artist in the international film and music arena, and is a radio and media personality in Europe. She’s developed links with film financiers from Germany and Switzerland.
Brunton has spent five years in sales marketing and strategy including a gig at UIP in the U.K.