Echo, Sidekick help Anders’ ‘Sun’ rise

Dickens, Mann in leads; Arquette, Cheadle, Stoltz support

Production has begun on helmer Allison Anders’ “Things Behind the Sun,” a semi-autobiographical tale of a brutal rape Anders experienced as a teenager.

Project focuses on a female singer, portrayed by Kim Dickens (“Mercury Rising”), who is reunited with a childhood friend and music journalist, played by Gabriel Mann (“Outside Providence”). Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette and Don Cheadle also star in the film, lensing in Florida.

Anders, who recently completed shooting several episodes of the HBO series “Sex and the City,” co-wrote the script with Kurt Voss. Her other credits include “Sugartown,” “Gas Food Lodging,” “Grace of My Heart” and “Mi Vida Loca.”

Finance partners

The project is being co-financed by Echo Lake Prods. and Sidekick Entertainment. Echo Lake principals Doug Mankoff and Robin Alper will produce along with Sidekick’s Gary Barkin and Marla Grossman. Dan Hassid, who has produced all of Anders’ previous films, is also producing, and Peter Wetherwill is exec producing.

Anders is repped by United Talent Agency. Attorney Benjamin Reder reps Echo Lake and Sidekick.

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