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James Brolin’s Gun Violence Film ‘A Beautiful Day’ Gets Premiere Date

Film was directed by Phedon Papamichael, widely known for this work as a DP

Phedon Papamichael’s “A Beautiful Day,” starring James Brolin, will debut at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, which will take place August 9-14.

The drama short, which addresses the choices people make to use guns, chronicles a day in the life of Brolin’s character, Gene Thompson, who wakes up with a new resolve that will change his life and the lives of those around him forever. It also stars Frances Fisher (“Titanic”).

With “A Beautiful Day,” Papamichael, best known for his work as a cinematographer with director Alexander Payne on “Nebraska” and “The Descendants,” steps out from behind the camera to helm a social commentary.

Corey Geryak, who has multiple camera department credits on such films as “Her” and “Ted 2,” served as Papamichael’s DP.

“Cory and I have collaborated over 15 years,” says Papamichael. “He was my lighting director on ‘Identity’ and ‘3:10 To Yuma.’ (He) recently transitioned into being a cinematographer so I welcomed the possibility to continue our relationship.”

Papamichael believes there’s a seamless continuum between director and cinematographer: “I just think of myself as a filmmaker. Director, DP, we’re all storytellers. Sometimes we’re in charge of visuals, sometimes we take on the whole thing.”

Producer Casey Cannon co-wrote and produced the film with actress/writer/director Angeliki Giannakopoulos from her story, fresh off the run of her dramatic play “My Child: Mothers of War.”

“I saw the ending of this story in a dream and I had to immediately write it down,” says Giannakopoulos “When Casey Cannon and I were developing the story, we found ourselves on a quest to discover what motivated our lead character Gene, to use a gun, for the first time in his life… (The film) touches politically on… how in the U.S. we use guns to solve our problems.”

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