Jameson Irish Whiskey announced that Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman will star in three short films produced for the Jameson First Shot competition in 2014.
Jameson First Shot is an international short film competition, which offers three aspiring filmmakers an incredible ‘first shot’ in the film industry by having their short film produced by the Academy Award winning Trigger Street Productions and giving them the chance to direct Uma Thurman in the lead role. Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey will serve once again as Creative Director and Dana Brunetti, Academy Award nominated producer and President of Trigger Street Productions, will return with his production team to produce the three films.
The 2014 competition aims to discover another three exceptional writer/directors from the same three countries: South Africa, Russia and the USA. This year, thanks to changes in state legislation, residents of California can now enter.
Uma Thurman will bring an exciting new quality to the competition, both as a skilled actor and as the first female to take on the lead role. Having played characters as diverse as Irene Cassini in Gattaca, Cécile de Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons, The Bride in the Kill Bill franchise and most famously, Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Thurman’s versatility and acting style are a natural fit for Jameson First Shot. Her commitment to supporting talented filmmakers of the future will make her an invaluable part of the 2014 competition.
“What excites me about being involved with Jameson First Shot is that I love the idea of finding and discovering young talent – it’s what makes the film business alive,” Thurman commented. “I’m honored to be a part of this extraordinary project and I can’t wait to read the screenplays that are entered, and ultimately be the vehicle to help three talented filmmakers tell their stories to the world.”
Kevin Spacey added, "She's remarkable and I'm thrilled Uma has said yes. Her work has always been unafraid and brave, so it doesn't surprise me that she's jumped with such commitment and enthusiasm into our short film project. I think it gives our filmmakers a very exciting opportunity to write for an actress of such range and skill.
Once all scripts have been submitted, finalists will be chosen and they will be required to submit a director’s treatment of their script and footage based on a scene provided by Trigger Street Productions. All work will be judged by an expert team including Kevin Spacey, Uma Thurman and Dana Brunetti.
After the three winners are selected, they will head to Hollywood to work directly with Trigger Street Productions on everything from casting to approving wardrobe and locations during pre-production. Moving into principle photography, each winner will be on set to direct Uma Thurman in the lead role in their film, before ending their experience by working with a composer on the score and signing off on the final edit, ensuring their film is ready to be showcased to a global audience of millions.
“We’re so pleased with the success of Jameson First Shot and that we have the opportunity to continue to support the local up and coming film community,” said Paul DeVito, vice president of marketing for Irish and North American Whiskey at Pernod Ricard. “Jameson has been a strong supporter of film for well over a decade and it’s exciting to witness and assist the future of such talented people.”
To enter the 2014 competition visit: www.jamesonfirstshot.com.