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SPOTLIGHT

PUNCTURE

Directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen
FEATURE NARRATIVE 100 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE PUNCTURE
Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike's yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

Brothers and first-time directors Mark and Adam Kassen bring this real-life story to the screen with all the urgency and passion of the subjects themselves. The result is an effective issue-driven drama that finds its footing in a contemporary David and Goliath story. The performances are solid and Chris Evans refreshingly infuses Weiss with crackling charisma while grounding him with real insecurities and compassion.
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About the Director(s)
ADAM KASSEN produced the films Trigger Happy, The Good Student, The Sasquatch Gang, and Bernard and Doris, for which Adam was nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Producer of the Year Award by the PGA. MARK KASSEN has acted on TV, Broadway shows, and films including Trigger Happy, Mr. Gibb, and Why Not.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Brett Cullen, Marshel Bell, Vinessa Shaw, Michael Biehn
  • Director:
    Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
  • Screenwriter:
    Chris Lopata
  • Producer:
    Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
  • Executive Producer:
    Paul Danzinger, Rod De Liano, Craig Cohen, Jeffrey Gou, Joan Huang
  • Cinematographer:
    Helge Greull
  • Editor:
    Chip Smith
  • Story By:
    Paul Danziger and Ela Thier

Contacts
  • Publicist
    Alla Plotkin
    ID PR
    Phone: 212.334.0333
    aplotkin@id-pr.com
  • Director
    Adam Kassen
    Like Minded Pictures
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310.339.9664
    adam@81pictures.com
  • Publicist
    Megan Moss Pachon
    ID-PR
    New York, US
  • Director
    Mark Kassen
    Like Minded Pictures
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310.780.5596
    mark@81pictures.com
  • Technical Contact
    Johnathan Fertinelli
    jonathan@ortrud.com
  • Producer
    Craig Cohen
    McCue Sussmane & Zapfel, PC
    New York, NY 10175
    Phone: 212.931.5500
    ccohen@mszpc.com
  • Publicist
    Alla Plotkin
    ID PR
    Phone: 212.334.0333
    aplotkin@id-pr.com
  • Director
    Adam Kassen
    Like Minded Pictures
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310.339.9664
    adam@81pictures.com
  • Publicist
    Megan Moss Pachon
    ID-PR
    New York, US
  • Director
    Mark Kassen
    Like Minded Pictures
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 310.780.5596
    mark@81pictures.com
  • Technical Contact
    Johnathan Fertinelli
    jonathan@ortrud.com
  • Producer
    Craig Cohen
    McCue Sussmane & Zapfel, PC
    New York, NY 10175
    Phone: 212.931.5500
    ccohen@mszpc.com

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