Florrie Laurence’s feature debut, The Sky is Falling, is a dark comedy about a young Ivy League writer derailed by artistic, family and romantic crises. Emily thinks she’s made it when publishers rave about the talent exhibited by her first novel. Unfortunately, none of them will buy it. Meanwhile, her boyfriend cuts out just as her mother (Teri Garr) breaks some stunning news: Emily’s supposedly deceased father (Howard Hesseman) is really an errant hippie photographer who’s back in town and looking for his daughter.

"It’s about that crisis you go through in your late twenties when you get a ten-year high school reunion invite in the mail and realize your life isn’t going quite how you planned," says Laurence.

Laurence got her undergrad degree in film from USC in 1990 and soon joined the editing union as an assistant. A post spot on director-editor Duwayne Dunham’s Homeward Bound led to a gig as Dunham’s assistant on Little Giants, his next film. Laurence and Sky producer David Parks, a USC grad program alum and union cameraman, joined up in ’95 to make a film about environmentalist Rachel Carson. They had to scrap that project when its single financier got cold feet. Parks raised the cash to make Sky by going home to Washington, D.C. to show a prospectus to potential investors he’d known growing up there. "Half came through, putting us into the six-figure range," he says. Laurence and Parks then teamed up with producer Brad Hall to make the production a reality.

Sky shot 18 days in L.A. beginning November 4. The film will be completed in June and rights are available.

Cast: Dedee Pfeiffer, Teri Garr, Howard Hesseman, Laura Leighton, Eric Close, Bert Remsen, Sean Astin, Lorraine Toussaint. Crew: Producers, David Parks, Brad Hall; Executive Producer, Howard Kazanjian; Screenwriter/Director, Florrie Laurence; Cinematographer, Parks; Art Director, Jocelyn Fredman; Casting, Amy McIntyre Britt; Editor, Peggy Davis. Contact: David Parks, 10463 Ashton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Tel: (310) 470-9932, Fax: (310) 470-2163.

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