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Trio are ‘Smart People’

Hours after announcing that The Station Agent’s Tom McCarthy will direct The Visitor, Michael London’s Groundswell will go into co-production with Bill Block’s QED International and Grosvenor Park. The project produced by Michael Costigan, Bridget Johnson and Bruna Papandrea will be Noam Murro directorial debut with stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Weisz and Thomas Haden Church to make their way to the city of Pittsburgh for the first week of November for shooting.

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Hours after announcing that The Station Agent’s Tom McCarthy will direct The Visitor, Michael London’s Groundswell will go into co-production with Bill Block’s QED International and Grosvenor Park. The project produced by Michael Costigan, Bridget Johnson and Bruna Papandrea will be Noam Murro directorial debut with stars Dennis Quaid, Rachel Weisz and Thomas Haden Church to make their way to the city of Pittsburgh for the first week of November for shooting.

Written by Mark Poirier (author of “Goats” and “Modern Ranch Living”), Smart People sees Quaid play a professor whose wife’s death has turned him into a bitter eccentric. He learns to reconnect with people after falling for a former student.

Murro is a commercials director (Adidas, Nike, Starbucks, Bud Light and eBay) “who was named DGA director of the year in 2005” and has a couple of features in the works including: a remake of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train and Douglas Coupland novel to screen adaptation of All Families Are Psychotic.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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