Gather, Picturesque produce apocalyptic comedy
Gather Films, in association with Picturesque Films, has wrapped principal photography on “Goodbye World,” an apocalyptic indie comedy starring Adrian Grenier, Kerry Bishe, Ben McKenzie, Caroline Dhavernas, Gaby Hoffman, Mark Webber and Scott Mescudi, the last of whom is best known as hip-hop star Kid Cudi.
Denis Henry Hennelly (“Rock the Bells”) directed from an original script he co-wrote with Sarah Adina Smith. Mary Pat Bentel, who previously collaborated with Hennelly on “Bold Native,” produced the pic along with Picturesque Films (“Bunraku”) partners Matthew G. Zamias, Guy Moshe and Albertino Matalon.
Story follows a group of college friends who reunite in a remote Northern California town as civilization collapses.
“Entourage” veteran Grenier and “Red State” thesp Bishe star as a couple whose off-the-grid home becomes the gathering place for the eclectic group, including two estranged friends (McKenzie, Dhavernas), a disgraced yet idealistic Washington, D.C., insider (Hoffman), a formerly imprisoned radical activist (Webber) and an eccentric computer hacker (Mescudi).
“Sarah (Adina Smith) and I set out to write an apocalypse story about that moment we don’t usually see — the part of the story that happens between the cataclysmic event and the trials of survival that come with the new world,” Hennelly said. “Along with Mary Pat (Bentel), our producers from Picturesque Films, and a diverse and dynamic group of actors, we worked to shoot a film that ultimately questions if Americans can still embrace our revolutionary spirit and sense of community.”
Grenier recently exec produced Matthew Cooke’s documentary “How to Make Money Selling Drugs.” Bishe next appears in Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” while Dhavernas will soon be seen playing one of the leads in Bryan Fuller’s NBC series “Hannibal.” McKenzie stars on TNT’s cop drama “Southland.” Hoffman recently appeared on FX’s hit comedy series “Louie.” Webber will soon be seen in Focus’ phone sex comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” as well as the Sundance indies “Save the Date” and “The End of Love.” Mescudi is breaking into features, having gained some acting experience with a recurring role on HBO’s “How to Make It in America.”