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Bill Kalmenson - Writer/Director

Cast
Chritstoher Meloni
Janel Moloney
Timothy Busfield
Complete Cast List


Soundtrack Composer Peter Himmelman
Producer Tani Cohen

Production History
Moviemaker Mag "Soul Matters"



Bill Kalmenson - Writer/Director
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Prior to his feature debut as a writer-director Bill worked steadily as a stand up comedian and actor. After cutting his teeth in the N.Y.C. and Los Angeles club scenes Bill headlined regularly in comedy clubs all across the country.

Bill studied acting in N.Y. with Stella Adler and Jack Garfein. As an actor he appeared in numerous productions on the New York Stage. Most memorable for Bill was when he appeared opposite comedy legend and mentor, Milton Berle, in the shortlived “Goodnight, Grandpa.”

Upon his arrival on the west coast Bill guest starred in a wide spectrum of episodic TV shows which include “Six Feet Under,” “E.R.”, “24”, "L.A. Law", "Married with Children", "thirtysomethng" and "Matlock" to name a few. He also appeared in the feature films, "Lethal Weapon" , "The Rhunestone", "Loverboy" and in his own movie, "The Souler Opposite".

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In recent years Bill has devoted much of his time to writing. In addition to "The Souler Opposite" Bill has six other screenplays which he hopes to direct. He is also President and founder of Buffalo Jump Productions.

Bill is a refugee from the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and attended N.Y.U. Grad Film school.

On the weekends the best place to find him is surfing the waves of Malibu.


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Christopher Meloni
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After starring as Barry Singer in "The Souler Opposite" Chris has never stopped working. He starred opposite Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in the hit comedy "Runaway Bride." He followed that with a riveting and intense turn as a regular on the hit HBO series “OZ”
Chris is currently the star of the long running NBC hit, "Law and Order, S.V.U." He also received high acclaim for his roles in the cult hit, "Bound" and in the popular series "N.Y.P.D. Blue," "Brooklyn South" and "Homocide."
Meloni was born and reared in the Washington D.C. area and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he first began studying acting. Upon graduation he headed for New York where he continued his studies with Sandford Meisner at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse.
Chris got his first big break when he landed the lead in the NBC comedy, "The Fanelli Boys". His other film credits include featured roles in "Twelve Monkeys" and "Junior ." Christopher Meloni is married with a child and maintains residences in both Los Angeles and New York City.



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Janel Moloney
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In” The Souler Opposite” the lovely and talented Janel Moloney stars as Thea Douglas a young political idealist who is clearly in the “spiritual quest mode” of life.

Since the release of “The Souler Opposite” Janel has become familiar to audiences as “Donna Moss” in the long running NBC hit award winning “The West Wing” where she has twice been nominated for an EMMY

Janel has also guest starred in Barbet Schroeder’s “Desperate Measures,” “Sports Night” where she first became known to “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin. She also appeared in “E.R.,” “The Adventures of Briscoe County” and in the T.V. movie, “To Save a Child.”

After growing up in Woodland Hills, California Janel attended the Actors Training Program at SUNY Purchase in New York State. Upon her return to Los Angeles, Janel continued her acting studies with the late Roy London.



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Timothy Busfield
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Timothy Busfield brings to his role of Robert in "The Souler Opposite" a varied and successful career that crosses over from film, and television to the regional and Broadway stage. Timothy is best known for his Emmy award winning work on the long running ABC series, "thirtysomething." Timothy also recently starred in TNT's "Buffalo Soldiers" with Danny Glover and "Time at the Top" for Showtime. Movie audiences remember Timothy in "Little Big League," "Quiz Show," "Sneakers," "Field of Dreams," "Revenge of the Nerds I & II" and the hit comedy, "Stripes."

In addition to his regular role on "thirtysomething" Timothy also starred in Stephen Bochco's "Byrds of Paradise" and the long running CBS series "Trapper John M.D." Timothy began his professional career at the highly esteemed Actors Theatre of Louisville. On Broadway Timothy has appeared in "A Few Good Men" and Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs". Timothy is currently a regular on the hit NBC series "West Wing." He is also the founder and artistic director of The B Street Theatre where he and his brother bring high quality, professional theatre to the people of Sacramento.

Timothy is a native of Michigan and attended East Tennessee State Unversity on a baseball scholarship. He lives in Los Angeles and Sacramento.


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Complete Cast list (in order of appearance)

Joshua Keaton ..........................Young Barry
Jed Rhein................................ Young Robert
Bruce Nozick .............................Barry's Dad
J.J. Rodgers ...................................Charisse
Catrin Zack .....................................Call Girl
Timothy Busfield ..................... Robert Levin
Christopher Meloni .................. Barry Singer
Rachel Winfree ........................ .Biker Chick
Joe Rose .............................. Biker Boyfriend
Tom McTigue............................. Joey Kagan
Robert Fields................................ Jay Smiley
Janel Moloney .........................Thea Douglas
Devon Meade .................................. Sandra
Mariangela Pino ....................................Rita
Cynthia Lynch...................... Yoga Instructor
Michael Kagan ......................Max Luckstein
Steven Kravitz ...................................Arnold
Steve Landesberg ............................Himself
Buddy Winston .................. "A" Table Comic
Mark Clifton............................ Man in Clinic
Lenora May......................... Doctor in Clinic
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ....................Evan
Allison Mackie ...................................Diane
Rutanya Alda............................ Thea's Mom
Richard Rifkin ....................................Argus
John Putch ..........................................Lester
Jon Stafford .................................Bar Patron
Sarah Scott Davis...... Campaign Worker #1
Sheila Creal ................Campaign Worker #2
Roger Nolan ........................Political Analyst
Cindy Kalmenson .......................Folk Singer
Danny Hartigan ..........................Van Driver
Julian Neil ......................................Reporter
Kathleen Garret ..............................Julianne
Suzanne Krull ..................................Vanessa
Daran Norris .................Young Man "Actor"
Gene Borkan .........................Father "Actor"
Casey Kalmenson.........Young Girl in Hearse
Bill Kalmenson ......................Dad in Hearse


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Peter Himmelman
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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.



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Tani Cohen

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.

In 1996 Tani had her second film in the Sundance Film Festival, "EGG SALAD" which was directed by Billy Kent. Her first trip to Sundance (dramatic competition) was in 1993 with "INSIDE MONKEY ZETTERLAND" which she produced.

Ms. Cohen graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Fine Arts and Communication.


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Production History
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The 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.



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