FAMOUS: Film Melds Live Theater And Film And Addresses Abuse Of Minors in Hollywood (Interview With CJ Valleroy, Brooke Butler And Joshua Pafchek)


Interview by Paul Salfen

Driven by a devastating need to expose the truth, A-list celebrity Jason Mast pushes the boundaries of friendship to reveal the true cost of fame. What appears to be a night of celebration turns out to be an intricate plan to confront his past.

Written and directed by Michael Leoni, FAMOUS stars CJ Valleroy, Brooke Butler, Josh Pafchek, and Chris Kattan. The film was produced by Erica R. Katzin, Michelle Kaufer, and Michael Leoni, and Executive Produced by Martine Melloul, Howard Barish, Dawn Dunning, and Inbal B. Lessner.

“I am honored to be a part of the Famous team and to help get this film the exposure it deserves. Speaking out about the abuse of power in the entertainment industry is something that I strongly believe in. We don’t often talk about the abuse of young men, but it’s time that we do,” said Executive Producer Dawn Dunning, a former actress who testified against Harvey Weinstein.

“The fact that film has the capacity to entertain and also provide commentary on an important social issue is why we do what we do. FAMOUS takes us back to Young Hollywood in the 90’s and not only melds the mediums of theatre and film, it also speaks to the abuse of power in the entertainment industry from a perspective that’s rarely discussed,” said Erica R. Katzin, Michelle Kaufer, and Michael Leoni in a joint statement.

“I have a deep love and respect for independent films when they’re done right. FAMOUS is definitely one of those films and it’s also so timely both in style and content. Michael Leoni has done it once again and I’m extremely proud to be working with him,” said Howard Barish of Kandoo Films.

CJ VALLEROY is best known for his role in Unbroken as Young Louie Zamperini from Universal Pictures, dir. by Angelina Jolie. He has had lead roles in films Destruction: Los Angeles, My Little Girl is Gone and Don’t Look There. TV Guest Star roles include CBS’s Bull and Amazon’s Forever starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen as well as NCIS: Los Angeles.  IG:@CJ_Valleroy

BROOKE BUTLER is a singer, dancer and actress, known for her work in A Day to Die opposite Bruce Willis, Netflix’s Ozark as Young Darlene Snell, premiering in All Cheerleaders Dieat TIFF, CSI, The Bobbi Kristina Movie, The Resident on Fox, and more. She recently shot pilots for Showtime, and ABC. IG: @Brookieserene

JOSHUA PAFCHEK Is an award winning actor and filmmaker. Notable film and TV credits include The Middle, Runaways and Shooter. IG: @joshpafchek





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