|Documentary on Stuntwomen
In attendance: Producer,
Karen Johnson and Stuntwoman, Jeannie Epper
As the 2003 AFI FILM FESTIVAL came to a
close last November in Los Angeles, the AFI Fest Audience Award for
Best Documentary went to DOUBLE DARE, a film by AMANDA MICHELI.
This amazing film has gone on to win even more awards at prestigious film
festivals across the US including the Audience Award for Best Documentary
at the San Francisco International Film Festival, along with the Special
Jury Prize and the Audience Award for the Independent Film Festival of
Boston. Festival -goers at sold out screenings at these festivals
throughout the nation have created a buzz and a huge following of this
action packed non-fiction film. Now, Desert Film Society members
and paying guests have the opportunity to see this incredible film.
DOUBLE DARE is a double-barreled,
action-packed documentary about two Hollywood stuntwomen, Jeannie Epper
and Zoe Bell.
Epper, who refuses to retire at
the age of 62, was the double for Lynda Carter as "Wonder Woman"
in the 70's, while Bell landed the coveted job of doubling for Lucy
Lawless as "Xena: Warrior Princess" at the age of 18, and got
the break of a lifetime auditioning to double for Uma Thurman on Quentin
Tarantino's KILL BILL. Bell was recently the double for Sharon
Stone in Catwoman and will double again for Stone in the upcoming Basic
DOUBLE DARE is filled with amazing
live-action stunt sequences and star-studded interviews, including Steven
Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Lucy Lawless, Ken Howard and Lynda Carter.
DOUBLE DARE takes a candid look at two strong, dedicated women who
struggle to stay employed, stay thin and stay sane in male-dominated Hollywood.
DOUBLE DARE is directed by Amanda
Micheli; produced by Karen Johnson and Danielle Renfrew, starring Jeannie
Epper and Zoë Bell. For more information log on to www.runawayfilms.com.
RUNNING TIME: 82 Minutes
Tom Desimone, film and television
writer-director, is one of the Desert Film Society’s founding members and
currently serves on the board. He is a graduate of UCLA with a master's
degree in Film Production. His first Industry break came when he
directed CHATTERBOX, "the film that all of Hollywood is whispering
about". Released by AIP, it became an instant cult classic.
The title "cult film director" has
followed Tom's career. His horror feature, HELL NIGHT, starring
Linda Blair and his send-up of women's prison films, REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS,
with Wendy O. Williams, remain on everyone's list of genre classics.
Under a two-year development deal at New World Pictures Tom wrote and directed,
III, THE FINAL CHAPTER, the last of the successful "Angel" series
at New World.
Moving from features to television, Tom
continued to bring his special approach to series television on shows such
as DARK JUSTICE, SHE SPIES, FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES, PENSACOLA:WINGS OF
GOLD, THE BIG EASY, SUPER FORCE, SWAMP THING, and a live-to-tape soap
opera, ACAPULCO BAY where he shot one-hundred-twenty consecutive
episodes on location in Mexico City and Acapulco.
Tom's ability to work alongside actors
and crew in a nurturing and congenial atmosphere earned him a "best director"
statuette from the cast and crew for his three seasons on Dark Justice.
An accomplished writer as well, Tom has sold three screenplays and is presently
at work on two more.
RUNNING TIME: 82 MINUTES