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‘Stuffed’ on indie track

Scribe sets 'Family' for the bigscreen

Matthew Weiss is adapting Patricia Volk’s memoir “Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family” for theater and film production shingle East of Doheny.

Volk’s book tracks a century in the life of a most unusual family. Her Austrian-Jewish relatives brought pastrami to the New World and first stirred scallions into cream cheese. They ran a variety of restaurants, culminating in the main family “store,” Morgen’s restaurant, considered for many years to be the heart of the bustling garment district.

East of Doheny shares a history with Volk that pre-dates this pact. East of Doheny founder Kelly Gonda’s mother, the late thesp-turned-talent agent Honey Sanders, was a character in Volk’s life and is featured in “Stuffed.”

Weiss, who’s adapting another story about a unique New York family — Sydney Taylor’s “All-of-a-Kind Family” series of kids books — for Killer Films, said “Stuffed” is “just an incredibly funny, heartbreaking story of a daughter’s love for her father, and how she honors his memory by lifting it into the most fantastic pantheon of family history.”

Scribe also wrote “Niagara, Niagara,” released by Artisan Entertainment and nominated for a 1999 Independent Spirit Award and, more recently, sci-fi drama “Outward Bound” for Rob Paris and Peter Douglas’ Mission Entertainment.