NEW YORK — Music vid helmer and fledgling feature director Bret Carr has founded Lil’ Mama Pictures, a Los Angeles-based production shingle with plans to produce TV and film.
Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”) is among the private investors financing the shingle.
Carr just completed helming his first feature — “2 Birds With 1 Stallone: The True Story of Lou Benedetti,” co-written by Quinn Redeker, author of the original draft of “The Deer Hunter.” Academy and two-time Emmy Award-winner Bill Conti scored the pic; Carr stars.
“With this little tour de force,” said Ratner about “2 Birds,” “Carr has made himself into an extremely castable director.”
Carr has tapped Mary Helen Shashy as Lil’ Mama prexy and head of production. She co-wrote, along with Carr and Redeker, “2 Birds.”
“2 Birds” is the story of a stuttering boxer who enjoys inviting violence into his life so that he can express himself. He can only speak without stuttering while he is fighting or impersonating his hero, Rocky Balboa.
Pix in development
Lil’ Mama has several projects in development, including a loose adaptation of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” and the trilogy “Convergence,” which Carr is co-writing with Steve Martini (“Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish”). Carr is also developing a TV series, “The Brain Debugger,” about a flamboyant self-help guru who develops a two-minute regression technique that throws people back to the defining moment of their lives.
As an NYU Film School student in the late 1980s, Carr helmed the short “Making Time,” which starred Sandra Bullock. Outside of a career directing music vids, Carr helmed the 7-minute short “Looking Good,” which sold to HBO and helped launch his feature career. Carr is managed by Jon Sheinberg of The Bubble Factory.