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Katt Shea adds to her ‘List’

Local writer-director working on yet another film

Posted: September 18, 2009 10:22 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2009 10:21 a.m.

Katt Shea is an Agua Dulce resident and award-winning filmmaker. Her current project, "The List," is set to begin filming this fall. The story concerns four wealthy, privileged, private school guys who plan on fulfilling their senior year by taking cruel revenge on an unsuspecting person for any kind of offense.

 

Hollywood may be a short drive from the Santa Clarita Valley, but there is one individual who has brought Hollywood into this valley.

Katt Shea, who has directed Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Amy Irving, Mena Suvari, Christina Applegate, and Alison Lohman, won the 1996 Silver Award for screenwriting at The Houston Film Festival and has been acclaimed for her films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and The British Film Institute. She was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for "Poison Ivy," starring Drew Barrymore and Tom Skerritt.

Shea, a longtime praised writer-director, and Agua Dulce resident since 1998, said that once again, she has a major film going into production.

‘The List' will star Aly Michalka, a 20-year-old singer and actress, especially well-known from the show "Phil of the Future," hosted by the Disney Channel.

Shea explained that in this movie, four wealthy, privileged, private school guys plan on fulfilling their senior year with a "to do list". Each teenager aims to take cruel revenge on an unsuspecting person for any kind of offense they have experienced in the past.
Luke, the attractive, influential leader of the group recruits an extremely gorgeous, sexy, but poor, "Jules" (Aly Michalka), paying her to tear down a girl at his exclusive school's life. His scheme falls short when the boys must go through an unexpected jumble. When Jules changes her conscience and makes another decision, their senior year list leads to the downfall of the entire group.
Shea reflected some experiences from her own high school experience into the movie when she wrote the movie script. "I wanted to write something about it having experienced a lot of it in high school. It has to do with teenagers and high school and how difficult and cruel kids can be to one another."

The movie deals with classic themes, yet is extremely timely dealing with issues of class distinctions, power, money, love, desire, bisexuality, bartering with sex, friendship, loyalty, life & death, high school, and family.

"This movie is a thriller," Shea said, "The main audience is teens and young people in their 20s and 30s."

The movie is scheduled to start filming this fall.

Shea coaches acting in Santa Clarita on Tuesdays and Sundays and in Studio City on Mondays and Thursdays. She can be reached at 661-268-8611 or her website www.kattshea.com.

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