Monday, June 4, 2007

Swing Vote to Shoot in New Mexico.

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the feature film Swing Vote will shoot in New Mexico.

The film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Neverwas), produced by Kevin Costner and his longtime producer Jim Wilson, and executive produced by Costner’s Treehouse Films partner, Robin Jonas. Swing Vote is a film that plays on our disenchantment with politics in a wholly accessible and comedic way.

The story follows Bud Johnson (Costner), an apathetic, working class, single father who is thrust onto the world stage after the presidential election comes down to a single vote…his. Prodded by his idealistic 12-year old daughter, Bud struggles to make the right choice while being pandered to by politicians who will say and do anything to win.

Swing Vote will be the first of Costner’s newly formed production company, Treehouse Films.

“We warmly welcome Mr. Costner and Treehouse Films to New Mexico,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “The subject matter of this project is also of some interest to me,” he quipped.

Swing Vote marks Joshua Michael Stern’s second foray into directing, after his highly anticipated debut drama Neverwas opened the Toronto Film Festival. Stern is directing Swing Vote from a script he co-wrote with Jason Richman (Bangkok Dangerous).

Commented Stern, “Kevin is perfect for the lead…he really is the iconic everyman. I’m excited about putting together an amazing cast around him. I also feel blessed to have a partner that shares my passion for this project and the importance it holds before the next election.”

Kathy Morgan International (KMI) will be handling international sales for the film, and will attend the Cannes Film Festival on behalf of SWING VOTE. KMI specializes in the worldwide sales, distribution, marketing and financing of theatrical motion pictures.

Radar Pictures, in association with G & M Films, will also executive produce.

The film goes into production in Belen and Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 23.
Contact: New Mexico Film Office 476-5600

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