Quarter Moon Films, a small North Hollywood-based production company, thinks it has an emerging filmmaker on its hands in 44-year-old writer/director John Albo, who has just finished his first feature, “Flexing With Monty,” for the company.
Headed by producer William Conroy and attorney James Bird, Quarter Moon secured full financing for the pic from an undisclosed international investor.
The pic, starring Sally Kirkland and Trevor Goddard, will be shown to representatives of the Cannes Film Festival in the next few weeks.
An adaptation of a play Albo wrote about 20 years ago as a Columbia University film student, “Flexing” is described as a “psychosexual dark comedy” about a narcissistic weightlifter and the characters who support his “preoccupation with the sculpted body.”
With the film in the can, Quarter Moon partner Conroy said the company’s attentions have turned toward finding a specialized distributor for the movie. Conroy said he’s confident “Flexing” can draw an R rating despite its erotic content. “We’re looking for a distributor to give it a slow build, playing it in three, four or five theaters” in the major markets, Conroy said.
Conroy said he believes “Flexing” will play strong in Europe. He said Quarter Moon is contacting distributors in foreign markets as potential distributors.
“Flexing With Monty” is one of three pix that Quarter Moon hopes to produce with Albo, who is a producing partner in the company, along with Conroy and Bird.
Next on the agenda is the thriller “Even Monsters Love,” which is about a love triangle among two women and a sadistic doctor. That will be followed by “The Doobads,” about “a family of eccentric Italian wizards who conspire to raise the perfect All-American child.”