Rosie Perez is looking With/In…
The 55-year-old Puerto Rican actress and activist will be starring opposite Justina Machado in the innovative feature With/In,a made-at-home anthology film revolving around themes of confinement and isolation.
Maven Screen Media is in production on the two-hour feature, which is a collection of short films made during lockdown by a slew of top actors and directors.
The project was initiated when Maven and Emmy-winning writer-producer Margaret Nagle asked actor-director families and friends to come up with stories about life stuck inside. Storylines include a couple stuck together after a one night stand, kids scheming to run away from their paranoid dad, a divorced couple isolating together for the sake of their dog, and a widow dealing with her grief.
Perez, a former The View co-host, and One Day at a Time’s will appear in the short film Coco and Gigi, which was written and directed by Perez.
Sebastian Gutierrez wrote and directed the short film Twenty Questions, starring Carla Gugino and Adrianne Palicki.
With/Inwas filmed using shared equipment, with DP Zach Kuperstein and sound consultant Dan Bricker advising remotely through Zoom. Oscar-nominated editor Tariq Anwar is editing.
Principal photography ending imminently, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Feeding America and their response to COVID-19.
“We wanted to explore what isolation means to different people, and asked a handful of artists whose work we really admire,” Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler said in a joint statement. “What they came up with, to our delight, were stories about human connection that were powerful and funny and very different. Our plan is to continue to tell these stories, and to capture a moment in time that is continuing to change.”
The With/In filmmakers and cast include:
– Nuts, Directed by Chris Cooper, Written by Marianne Leone, starring Marianne Leone and Chris Cooper
– Neighborhood Watch, Written and Directed by Sam Nivola, starring Emly Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, May Nivola and Sam Nivola
– One Night Stand, Written and Directed by Griffin Dunne, starring Griffin Dunne and Zonia Pelensky
– Touching, Directed by Jonathan Cake and Julianne Nicholson, Written by Jonathan Cake, Starring Julianne Nicholson, Jonathan Cake, Iggy Cake, Phoebe Cake
– Mother!! Directed by Morgan Spector and Maya Singer, Written by Maya Singer, starring RebeccaHall, Morgan Spector and Maya Singer
– Coco and Gigi, Written and Directed by Rosie Perez, starring Rosie Perez and Justina Machado
– In the Air, Written and Directed by Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel, starring Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel and Silas Camp
– Her Own, Written and Directed by Arliss Howard, starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard
– Twenty Questions, Written and Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, starring Carla Gugino and Adrianne Palicki
– Shell Game, Written and Directed by Gina Gershon, starring Gina Gershon
– I’m Listening, Directed by Mickey Sumner, Written by Portia Alen-Buckley and Mike Lindley, starring Mickey Sumner and Trudie Styler
– Leap, Directed by Sanaa Lathan, Written by Margaret Nagle, starring Sanaa Lathan and Lucy Punch
– Intersection, Written and Directed by Bart Freundlich, starring Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Talia Balsam, Taj Swaminathan-Sipp