Back to top
In addition to his extensive experience as a film and television composer Peter Himmelman has a loyal, national following as a singer-songwriter/rock troubadour. When Peter is not on tour he is usually to be found in the studio where he has recorded more than a half dozen albums for Polygram's Island Records and Sony's Epic label.
For "The Souler Opposite" Peter Himmelman has crafted a unique and intimate jazz score that sets the lyric and comic tone for the whole picture. Peter has also composed and arranged the score for Touchstone Pictures' "Crossing the Bridge," Columbia TriStar's "Pyrates" and HBO's "Heart of Dixie." He has also composed and performed scores for CBS' "Knot's Landing" and he is currently scoring Fox TV's "In the Zone."
Peter is a native of Minneapolis where he began his music career performing in local clubs and theatres. He now resides in Santa Monica where he and his wife are the proud parents of four lovely children.
Back to top
Tani Cohen recently finished supervising "GUINEVERE." The film was produced by Brad Weston and Jonathan King for Millennium Films, to be released through Miramax. Ms. Cohen also co-produced the features "OCTOBER 22", and "BACK TO EVEN." Prior to that she produced "REST AREA" with Gary Goldstein executive producing.
lThe real story behind "The Souler Opposite" started in the spring of 1992. For writer/director Bill Kalmenson it all began when everything ended. His standup comedy career had stalled and he was licking his wounds because the girl he was crazy about ran out of his life.
"I knew in the scheme of things my life was no big deal but I thought, with a few good jokes there was a movie I might be able to squeeze out of myself," confessed Kalmenson. "It was my second script and since it was so close to me it just flowed." Kalmenson's cathartic process of dealing with love lost led ultimately to the romantic mockery "The Souler Opposite" four years later.
Bill had spent the previous ten years on the comedy club circuit, acting on TV and writing three other scripts ("The Guy Spy," "The Purple Haze" and "Ballot Box 13"). Kalmenson was playing the Hollywood 'fame game,' doing the requisite lunch meetings. He was well fed, but no deals. "The Souler Opposite" screenplay caught the attention of indie producer Tani Cohen who responded to the script's dead-on male observations about women and the true to life dialogue.
Says Cohen, "Dialogue is one of the most difficult things to achieve in a character-driven script and that's what I found so compelling in 'The Souler Opposite.' The lines rang so true I forgot I was reading a script and felt like I was eavesdropping on someone's conversation at a restaurant."
With Cohen working on a shooting budget and Bill securing the financing, the project got its' first big break when acclaimed actor, Timothy Busfield ("thirtysomething," "Field of Dreams") was signed to play the role of Robert. Busfield was drawn to Kalmenson's humor and his unique take on contemporary relationships.
"It's a funny, funny script. I hadn't read something this first rate in a long time," says Busfield. "Bill paints a true picture of the confusing dance between men and women."
Though Kalmenson contemplated playing the role of Barry Singer he gladly stepped aside after being impressed by the reading of Chris Meloni.
"He did me better than me," quipped Kalmenson. "Fortunately Chris came in and stole the part from the guy who wrote it. Yours truly."
With the guys in place, the next and final casting call was for the 'souler opposite' herself and no one seemed to fit the bill. With the start of production only two weeks away the pressure was mounting. Bill's prayers were answered when the beautiful Janel Moloney walked into the casting office.
"She communicated the sensitivity and intelligence which was the perfect foil to Barry," remarks Kalmenson. "Janel was a breath of fresh air."
Production began last fall in and around L.A. at such locations as the Hollywood hills, Marina Del Rey, Ventura Boulevard and The Claremont colleges. In addition the crew flew to Washington D.C. for a three-day shoot to cap off a remarkable 25 locations in 27 days of filming.
"The Souler Opposite" had its' world premier at The AFI International Film Festival where it enjoyed fantastic audience response and excellent trade reviews. After screening at AFM in Santa Monica "Souler" was the opening night film at The Tahoe International Film Festival in Squaw Valley, California. In March Fuji Film honored cinematographer Amit Bhattacharya and director Bill Kalmenson with a special screening of "The Souler Opposite" at Twentieth Century Fox Studios. And in June "Souler" screened as part of the Inaugural San Diego World Film Festival.
Back to top