Monday, November 06, 2006

Cold Tea

Cold Tea

Katie Bowen, director


My father, Roger Bowen, wrote COLD TEA as a very short story more than 20 years ago. It's a romance about two people who may appear to be quite odd, but who really aren't -- they just know exactly who they are and what they want. A woman who loves the cold and treasures pictures of bones and brains as the essence of who she is, is strange only to a stranger. To the man who loves her, she is the woman he's been searching for all his life.

I think my father wrote the story as a metaphor for the artistic soul. I hope David Kosh (screenwriter and co-producer) and I have transferred some of my father's artistic soul to this film.

"Art vs. Life"

Cold Tea was shot in two days in February of 2006, one for interiors and one for exteriors. The exteriors were shot in Ft. Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. We hoped for a day with snow to really emphasize the oddness of Eve, played by Julie Fitzpatrick, appearing comfortable without a coat on a wintery day. Instead of snow, we had a gorgeous bright sun and a sub-arctic wind whipping off the Hudson River, which was great for fictional Eve, but not so great for actress Julie (who carried on bravely despite being turned into a human icicle), and that snowy look we so wanted. Art refused to imitate life, and as always when making a movie, we had to make the best of it.

Roger Bowen: Author of Adapted Material

Roger Bowen was a founding member of both the Compass and Second City improvisational troupes in Chicago, and was also a member of the San Francisco-based troupe, the Committee. As an actor, he was best known for his portrayal of Col. Henry Blake in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H*. He was a novelist, playwright and short story writer as well. Roger passed away in 1996.

Vladimir Subotic: Cinematographer/DP

Vladimir Subotic is rapidly creating quite a name for himself in the industry. The New York Times described his cinematography on the 2005 feature, LOVE, as "exquisitely shot." Other features include GOING UNDER, and the upcoming documentaries, THE GOLDEN GREEK: THE HARRY AGGANIS STORY, and PLAY YOUR OWN THING: A STORY OF JAZZ IN EUROPE.

David Kosh: Coproducer, Writer

David Kosh is primarily a playwright and screenwriter. COLD TEA is his first stab at producing. He graduated from NYU’s film school and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Some of his plays are THE SHOW MIGHT GO ON, based on the novel by Roger Bowen and produced Off-Off-Broadway by the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, TEMPTATION, which appears in the Smith and Kraus book, THE BEST STAGE SCENES OF 2003, and is published by Playscripts, Inc., and DIFFERENCE, published by One Act Play Depot. Screenplays other than COLD TEA include GRAND CRU, written for Opal Films in Los Angeles and chosen to be part of Dreamago’s international screenwriting workshop in Switzerland, and the screen version of THE SHOW MIGHT GO ON.

Katie Bowen: Coproducer, Director, Picture Editor, Sound Editor

Cold Tea is Katie Bowen’s first directorial effort. As an editor, her credits include THE IT FACTOR for Bravo, ESPN’s Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning documentary series, SPORTSCENTURY, as well as various projects for the History Channel and MTV. Katie also produced and edited several segments for ESPN OUTDOORS. She is currently in pre-production for THE CARD, a short film that she also wrote.

Gary Regina: Original Music/Composer

Gary Regina, a professional musician and composer for 30 years, began his career in his native New York. He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and now makes his home in Northern California.

Gary has performed at the Concord Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival, and has opened for artists such as Miles Davis, Spyro Gyra, Yellow Jackets, and John McLaughlin.

COLD TEA is Regina's first film score, and he is currently working on the music for THE CARD, Katie Bowen's second short film project.


AMGallegos said...

Thanks Katie. This looks so cool! When do we get to see it?

itzktb said...

Thanks Aaron,

David and I have submitted it to all the major film festivals, so, in the next couple of months we should hear if we've been accepted to any of them. (Hell,, let's just go for it and say ALL of them!) We're going to keep its energy slightly contained until then, but soon enough you will have a copy on your doorstep!



Anonymous said...

my only experience with acting is drama in high school. but if you ever have a need for a young looking 20-something year old, i'm here for you. i'll volunteer my services.
good luck with this! i realize more why i...envy you in a way (i'm not sure if thats the exact word to use, but oh well) you live in nyc, you write, and you just seem to have a happy beautiful life.

itzktb said...

Thank you Shaniqua, I will have my people call your people next time I do a film!

And yes, I do have a great life, a beautiful life, and I am happy much of the time, but I liken my writing on the blog to that of a food critic.

A food critic may share with her readers images of a beautiful restaurant, an ambient setting, flavors that please the pallet and and aromas that fill the air. And though her experiences are real and her words are true, she doesn’t mention her trip to the bathroom between courses or the raspberry tart she got stuck in her teeth.

So don’t envy me, I’m just like you.