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Synopsis

Set in 1957, Alien Trespass chronicles a fiery object from space that crashes into a mountaintop in the California desert, bringing the threat of disaster to Earth.Out of the flying saucer escapes a murderous creature – the Ghota, which is bent on destroying all life forms on the planet. A benevolent alien from the spaceship, Urp, inhabits the body of Ted Lewis (McCormack) – a local astronomer – and with the help of Tammy, (Jenni Baird) a waitress from the local diner, sets out to save mankind.

Trivia

Alien Trespass comes to you in glorious color! The first movie ever filmed in color was 1918’s Cupid Angling – not The Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind.

Mais, oui! The very first Science Fiction film was A Trip to the Moon, a 1902 French black and white silent film that ran 14 minutes long.

It came from… where? Director R.W. Goodwin feels that Alien Trespass has its roots in genre classics War of the Worlds (1953), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Alien Trespass’s saturated color was inspired by the original War of the Worlds – one of Goodwin’s favorite sci-fi films.

Who needs HD? Filmmakers used a new Super-16 film stock with new Arriflex cameras to make the end result appear as if it had been shot in 35mm.

Canada, eh? Alien Trespass’s Mojave Desert town is actually Ashcroft, a small town four hours north of Vancouver.

How melodic! Director Goodwin and composer Louis Febre first made beautiful music together when they both worked on the TV series “The Fugitive.”

Take note! Rob Schwimmer, who provided the film’s music effects, is a renowned Theremin player, and has performed with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the New York Philharmonic.

The Theremin is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments, and was invented by the Russian Léon Theremin in 1919.

Stellar talent! Eric McCormack is best known for his work on TV’s “Will and Grace,” for which he won a Primetime Emmy® Award for Leading Actor in a Comedy. But his classical roots go back to five seasons with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Jolly Old England.

G’day, mate. Jenni Baird, who plays Tammy, hails from Sydney, Australia.

He’ll be back. Robert Patrick, who plays Vern, battled Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Dan Lauria and R.W. Goodwin first worked together on the 1980s TV series “Hooperman.”

Star sighting! Jenni Baird is best known to American audiences for her role as Dr. Meghan Doyle in Season Four of the sci-fi hit “The 4400.”

His just desserts. Alien Trespass’s producer and co-story writer James Swift once launched a successful gourmet ice cream business.

What’s in a name… Alien Trespass was originally titled It Came From Beyond Space.

Um, yum? To celebrate their anniversary, Ted and Lana share a meal of Swanson TV dinners. More than 10 million TV dinners were sold during the first year of national distribution in 1954.

Lights, Camera, No Action. Ted keeps one foot on the floor while he is in bed with Lana to comply with the Hayes code, the set of industry censorship guidelines governing Hollywood from 1930-1968.

Brr! While hunting for intergalactic outlaws, Urp experiences shivers on Toolamane Four, one of seven ice planets that orbit the neutron star Tryxl.

Not cool. The Ghota’s metabolic temperature is 155 degrees.

Now you see it… Ghotas are unicellular amphipods that are capable of chromodynamic distortion. In other words, they can make themselves invisible.

Home sweet home. Urp resides on a planet called Koddhar, which is located in the Draco cluster.

Report anything unusual. The National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, received more than 5,000 phone calls and emails claiming sightings of unusual flying objects from 1999 to 2003.

In 1951, three Texas Technological College professors spotted a number of lights crossing the clear Texas night sky. Dubbed the “Lubbock Lights,” photos from the event have never been disproved.

On August 21, 1955, in Kelly-Hopkinsville, Kentucky, eleven people at the Sutton family farmhouse claimed to be under attack by alien beings in a siege that lasted all night.

Deep in the heart of Texas… During one night of terror in 1957, there were no less than 15 reports of UFOs in Levelland, Texas. Witnesses repotedly saw "large, glowing objects" that landed on the roads of the city and surrounding areas.

Cast

Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack hails from Toronto, where he got his start as an actor over twenty years ago.

In Alien Trespass, he takes on a dual role as Ted Lewis, a staid, straight-laced astronomer, as well as the charismatic alien, Urp, who inhabits Lewis’ body during an emergency that threatens the entire human race.

After five seasons with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, and stints in theaters across Canada, McCormack ventured to the United States and into television. He’s appeared in dozens of series and TV movies, including two seasons as Col. Clay Mosby on “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaws Years.” In 1998, he began the role that would earn him five Golden Globe nominations and the Emmy for Leading Actor in a Comedy: Will Truman in NBC’s hit series “Will & Grace.”

McCormack made his Broadway debut starring as “The Music Man” in 2001 and returned to the New York stage last year in Neil LaBute's “Some Girl(s).” This past summer, after co-starring in A&E’s mini-series “The Andromeda Strain,” he went on to star in “Trust Me,” a pilot for TNT.

McCormack, his wife, Janet, and their five-year-old son, Finnigan, split their time between Los Angeles and their home away from home, Vancouver.

Jenni Baird

Jenni Baird

Jenni Baird is making her feature film debut starring as the female lead opposite Eric McCormack in the upcoming comedy Alien Trespass. Set in the 1950’s, the film is a colorful homage to sci-fi invasion films of that decade. Alien Trespass focuses on an alien invasion in a small town and also stars Robert Patrick and Dan Lauria. The film recently made its debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and will be released in 22 markets on April 3, 2009 (Roadside Attractions).

Baird was one of the stars of the USA Network’s Emmy-nominated hit series “The 4400” in its last season. The acclaimed drama premiered in 2004 as the highest-rated and most-watched new series on basic cable.

Baird is a native of Sydney, Australia. Although she majored in writing and cultural studies at the Communications at University of Technology Sydney, her true love was acting and she chose instead to pursue her dream. After graduating from the Western Academy for Performing Arts, Baird starred for three seasons on the top-rated Australian medical drama “All Saints.”

She came to the United States after being chosen in a worldwide search to play the female lead opposite Keith Carradine in the ABC pilot “Metropolis.” Other television credits include the WB pilot “Global Frequency” and the CBS pilot “Conviction” opposite Sally Field and Eriq LaSalle.

In 2000 while in school in Perth, Baird and a friend started their own theatre company, Whoosh Productions. Their first production was a play she wrote called “For the Birds,” which sold out in two cities and launched her professional career. She returned to Sydney in 2006 to a Whoosh Production of “The Memory of Water” which was a critical and sell-out success.

Baird resides in Los Angeles and is a newlywed and new mother. In her spare time, she and her brother have engineered their own Australian roast of coffee bean called LONGSHOT available online soon.

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

In Alien Trespass, Dan Lauria plays the irascible Chief Dawson, the last citizen to acknowledge his town’s descent into insanity during the alien invasion.

Best known for his role as the father on the ABC television series “The Wonder Years,” Lauria has appeared as a guest star on dozens of episodic TV shows from "Kojak" and “Moonlighting” to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “7th Heaven.”

He has worked steadily in film since his debut as Secret Service Man #2 in the 1983 film C.O.D. His most commercial vehicles have been the Bruckheimer/Bay blockbuster Independence Day; and M. Night Shyamalan’s Wide Awake.

He was an executive producer of Faithful, an adaptation of Chazz Palmintieri’s first screenplay after A Bronx Tale, directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Cher and Ryan O’Neal; the producers of Faithful were Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.

For the past decade, Lauria has been artistic director of The Playwright's Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles, a company committed to promoting the development of new American playwrights and to seeking literary representation for them. With co-director Joe Cacaci, Lauria and PKE have produced over 450 public readings of new plays with some of the finest actors in the business. He is also very active in regional theatre, having written, directed and/or performed in over 50 professional productions.

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick brings vast experience to the role of Vern in Alien Trespass.

A lifelong science fiction buff, he debuted in both film (1986 Future Hunters) and on television (1992 “Tales from the Crypt”) with stories set in the popular genre in which he has since become somewhat of an icon.

Patrick’s career exploded in 1991 when he took on Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. He reprised the role of T-1000 the following year in Wayne's World.

Highlights of his rich and varied career include Clint Eastwood’s epic Flags of Our Fathers and Firewall opposite Harrison Ford. He was Joaquin Phoenix’s father in the award-winning Johnny Cash biography Walk the Line, and played Vernon Presley to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ “Elvis” in the multiple Emmy-nominated 2005 CBS mini-series.

Patrick portrayed a recklessly unmade guy in “The Sopranos” and sought the truth with Mulder and Scully during the final two seasons of “The X-Files.” He stars as Colonel Tom Ryan in the CBS action drama “The Unit,” produced by David Mamet.

He has also produced three independent genre projects in the fantasy/horror/science fiction/thriller mode: the 1996 TV movie “Within the Rock,” a 1997 feature entitled “Ravager” and the soon-to-be-released “The Black Waters of Echo's Pond,” in which he also stars and serves as executive producer.

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson is most widely known for her regularly recurring character “Devon Moore” on the USA network’s television series “The 4400,” but she is also recognized as the warrior queen Azura in the 2007 television series “Flash Gordon,” and in other recurring television roles such as “Blade: The Series”, “Terminal City”, and “Cold Squad.” She also has numerous television guest star appearances to her credit, including roles on “Andromeda”, both “Stargate” franchises, “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

In addition to acting, she is the President of the International Filmmakers Institute — a production company dedicated to the creation of film and video artworks which endeavor to relieve social injustice and advance a message of hope, mercy and reconciliation.

The 40 min film, Montana de Luz, marks Ms. Thompson’s debut as a documentary film producer. It is a heartfelt story about an Honduran orphanage that cares for children living with HIV. The film was an Official Selection at the Rhode Island International Film Festival this past year (2008) and was the Winner of Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award. (An award which “honors filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.”)

She also recently made her writing/directorial debut with, Will of the Wisp; a short experimental film funded by The Canada Council for the Arts. It is an impressionistic portrayal of a young girl’s recovery from childhood trauma: “a silent film that speaks through a series of post-structuralist and surrealist signifiers in conversation.”

She lives in Vancouver and enjoys running, fly-fishing, and training her German Shepherd dogs for International Schutzhund competitions.

R.W. Goodwin

R.W. Goodwin

R.W. GOODWIN, the Producer/Director of Alien Trespass, was a vital member of the creative team behind “The X-Files.” He worked on more than a hundred episodes of the groundbreaking show, as co-executive producer or executive producer, director and, on “Demons” in the fourth season, writer. He has been honored with four Emmy Award nominations for Best Drama Series and three Golden Globes.

He received his first Emmy nomination in 1986 for Outstanding Children’s Program as a producer of the ABC television movie “The Girl Who Spelled Freedom.”

From his first writing credit on “The Manhunter” series in 1974 to his most recent success as a producer of 20 episodes of the Fox TV series “Tru Calling,” Goodwin has enjoyed a prolific career as producer, director and/or writer for television; other highlights include the popular ABC series “Life Goes On” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of John Steinbeck’s “Winter of Our Discontent.”

His only venture into feature films prior to Alien Trespass was as producer of Richard Donner’s acclaimed 1980 coming-of-age drama Inside Moves.

Cast and Crew

Cast And Crew

Starring
Eric McCormack as Ted/Urp
Jenni Baird as Tammy
Dan Lauria as Chief Dawson
and Robert Patrick as Vernon
Co-Starring
Jody Thompson as Lana
Aaron Brooks as Cody
Sarah Smyth as Penny
Andrew Dunbar as Dick
Sage Brocklebank as Stu
Tom McBeath as Wilson
Vincent Gale as Stiles
Jerry Wasserman as Sam
Jonathan Young as Lloyd
Michael Roberds as Bubba

Distributor:
Roadside Attractions
Production Company:
Rangeland Productions
Directed by:
R.W. Goodwin
Screenplay by:
Steven Fisher
Story by:
James Swift, Steven Fisher
Produced by:
James Swift, R.W. Goodwin
Line Producer:
Warren H. Carr
Associate Producer:
Crawford Hawkins
Director of Photography:
David Moxness, CSC
Production Designer:
Ian Thomas
Edited by:
Michael Jablow, A.C.E., Vaune Kirby
Music by:
Louis Febre
Costumes Designed by:
Jenni Gullett
Visual Effects Supervisor:
Eric Chauvin
U.S. Casting by:
Susan Edelman, CSA
Canadian Casting by:
Lynne Carrow, CSA, Susan Brouse, CSA

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