Todd Berger, ‘It’s a Disaster’ to Premiere at LA Film Fest

Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Rachel Boston, Blaise Miller and Todd Berger in 'It's a Disaster'

Are you prepared?

It’s a Disaster – A Film By Todd Berger (June 19, 2012) – Premiering tomorrow at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s a Disaster, a film about four couples who meet for Sunday brunch–and discover that they are stuck together as the world may be about to end. Before you get all “not another disaster movie,” this film a unique indie comedy about love and relationships–in the midst of all hell breaking loose.

It’s a Disaster stars Julia Stiles as Tracy Scott who brings her latest love interest Glenn (David Cross) who turns out to be a little bit more than she expected–he reveals himself to be sort of, well crazy. Instead of focusing on that the world may be ending, and all that instead they focus on Tracy’s consistently failed relationships. Imagine eight individuals who place their couples’ quarrels above what could be their last hours on Earth. Director Todd Berger‘s focus for Disaster is to provide viewing audiences a comedic glimpse of how real people may behave during an apocalyptic situation that is based on survival concerns, unloading personal burdens in the wake of their impending death.

Berger’s concept for Disaster came when he discovered that the film Night of the Living Dead became public domain. He knew that he wanted a film with couples gathering during an evening of board games–in the middle of the zombie apocalypse but abandoned the idea due to an already bulging genre of zombie films. He was motivated to continue his film concept after seeing the 2009 film 2012, starring John Cusack. Berger, a fellow New Orleanian, was influenced by the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He asked several of his family members and friends who survived the tumultuous days after the storm hit to see what they did to cope. While there were incidents of panic sprouting in every direction and feelings of great peril, citizens also took part in activities that kept them occupied.

Berger has been making films since he was a teenager. His most notable film The Scenesters won the Most Interesting Film award at the Slamdance Film Festival (2010). His other film, Don’t Eat the Baby*: Adventures at Post-Katrina Mardi Gras, a documentary detailing how the City of New Orleans banded together to put on the biggest party in the world.  He is also currently working on the scripts for MGMs Where’s Waldo, and The Happytime Murders for the Jim Henson Company.

It’s a Disaster will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival tomorrow, June 20, 2012. For more, please visit the film Facebook page.

*refers to the plastic doll embedded in a traditional New Orleans King Cake.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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