OUT OF THE TANK
One New York indie I’ve been tracking over the last year is Kevin Jordan’s Lobster Farm, the story of two generations of one Brooklyn family struggling to hold onto the family business, a Sheepshead Bay lobster shop. Jordan’s previous pic, Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire, received much festival acclaim, and as he readies his new one for a fest premiere, he’s already picked up one high-profile supporter. Reports Michael Fleming in Variety, Martin Scorsese has agreed to put his “Martin Scorsese presents” label on the film, assuring it some degree of critical buzz. Jordan connected with Scorsese when he was a student at NYU; he sent him one of his student shorts and Scorsese liked it enough to give him a scholarship and invite him onto the set of Kundun.
Lobster Farm stars Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin and was filmed at a real lobster store, which happens to be owned by Jordan’s parents. He says profits from the independently financed film will go towards saving the store, which, paralleling the film’s storyline, is up for auction.