Mandt Bros. will self-distribute 'Last Stop for Paul'
It seems there’s at least one more big stop ahead for “Last Stop for Paul,” a goofy road comedy about scattering a friend’s ashes.Veteran TV producer Neil Mandt (he and brother Michael exec produced ESPN’s “Jim Rome Is Burning” and Sci Fi’s “Destination Truth,” among others) will self-distribute “Last Stop,” which he shot with Marc Carter using a handheld camera on a worldwide trip to two dozen memorable locales, including Chile, Egypt, Greece, Jamaica and Thailand. Mandt Bros. Productions plans to open the film in Los Angeles and New York in October. There was no script or film permits, just Mandt and Carter capturing the reactions of people as they posed as travel writers. “I love to travel, so I bought a round-the-world plane ticket and sort of used the world as it came at us,” Mandt says. After locking the feature, he converted the pic into a 13-episode Web series, consisting of about 25% of the film. (“The webisodes are the funny parts; the feature has a little more poignancy,” Mandt says.) Mandt believes it’s the first time a series of webisodes has made it into a feature. The webisodes have been nommed for a Webby award; the movie won kudos at Sonoma Valley, Santa Cruz, Edmonton, Monaco and Newport Beach.