‘Culling’ scares up cast (Variety)

Gary Safady is exec producing indie horror thriller

Jeremy Sumpter, Bret Davern, Elizabeth DiPrinzio, Chris Coy, Lindsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Jonathan Schaech and Harley Graham are starring in indie horror thriller “The Culling,” currently shooting in New Orleans.Craig Chapman (“Machine Gun Preacher”), Colin Bates and Peter Fruchtman (“Black Swan”) are producing with Gary Safady exec producing. The film was written and directed by Rustam Branaman.

“The Culling” centers on a group of five college friends who head out of town for a fun-filled long weekend but their plans change after finding a 7-year-old girl alone at an empty cafe along the highway and have no choice but to drive her home. When they arrive at her house it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night — but what’s not apparent is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter.

Graham plays the 7-year-old and her parents are portrayed by Schaech and Williams. She appeared in “Thor” and just booked Gerard Butler’s “Of Men and Mavericks.”

Sumpter was seen in “Soul Surfer,” DiPrinzio in “The Devil Within” and Godfrey in “The House Bunny.”

Contact Dave McNary at dave.mcnary@variety.com

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GLAMOURIA Meets GARY SAFADY- Machine Gun Preacher

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GLAMOURIA Meets GARY SAFADY- Machine Gun Preacher

Finally, I get my shot with Gerard xxx

In New York, backstage at the Diesel Black Gold show, everyone was following Gerard Butler…. Honestly, I just know his name… I think I heard it because Jennifer Aniston maybe dated him, but I am not even sure. Trying to get a picture with him, someone asks me, “do you speak Arabic, Marhaba”…. I turned, and it’s????

“I am Lebanese too…”….
This is Gary Safady… (Nice to meet you!)…… “I am the producer”… I laugh and I ask him, “then you could help me get a picture with Gerard?”…
Then we talk…. And I was really curious to know more about him. So we started talking about the movie, and then the children… Suddenly this big man with muscles, softened up, with a smile….
Here’s more from Glamouria…..
– How did you start working on this project and why?
GLAMOURIA with Gary SAFADY-
Lost that interview, and had to do it again!
The film was brought to my attention through another one of the film’s producers who knew I was looking for a special project with a positive message.
– Why Gerard Butler?
We chose Gerard Butler because he embodied the essence of Sam Childers- the story is based on him. I think his performance lent a unique blend between the passion of his character’s convictions with the trial and torment of his struggle to save the Sudanese children -which ultimately the audience can relate to.
– What is the message that you would like people to get through the movie?
GLAMOURIA with Gary Safady

The message is one of hope, perseverance and the common good that man can do. The message that hopefully people will take home is that to do something good is as much a reward as it is a reason to live for.

– How could anyone help?
See the film and learn about what has happened in Sudan. I encourage everyone to go to Machine Gun Preacher and support the cause.
– What are your future plans.
I am currently in pre-production on “Cobra 405” an action thriller about the biggest bank heist and the mysteries surrounding it. It’s set in Lebanon and I’m very excited about the project.

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My 5 Minutes With The President – Gary Safady

Gary Safady

Gary Safady is the president and founder of Safady Entertainment LLC. Safady’s latest production, “Machine Gun Preacher,” had its world premiere last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in theaters this month. “Machine Gun Preacher” is the story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing biker who turns his life around when he finds God and becomes a mission crusader for thousands of Sudanese children who’ve been forced into war due to the tyranny of the LRA regime. Directed by the critically acclaimed Marc Forster, “Machine Gun Preacher” boasts an A-list cast, with Michelle Monaghan (“Mission: Impossible III”), Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”) and Madeline Carroll (“Flipped”).

Safady is in pre-production on his next film, “Cobra 405,” based on a novel by author Damien Lewis, a thriller about an extraordinary heist involving nine soldiers and $150 million of missing gold, set in the late ’70s in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon.

ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?

GARY SAFADY: I would like to discuss foreign policy with him, specifically on human trafficking issues dealing with children. After learning firsthand about the issues concerning the children of Africa during the filming of “Machine Gun Preacher,” I would talk about the atrocities that are occurring to these children and what we need to do to stop it. I would like him to know that Africa doesn’t need just another hospital or more relief food, it needs a real plan that provides economic stability, which in turn can provide hope and a future.

RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?

GS: Have perseverance and long-range plans, not short-term goals for the purposes of appeasing lobbyist groups or for reelection.

RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?

GS: With all of your duties as president, is it hard to find the time to relax or go to sleep?

RB: What book would you offer to lend President Obama? Why?

GS: “A Man in Full,” because it epitomizes how one man, Charlie Croker, who was on top, can’t stay on top after overextending himself. Similarly, the USA, which has been on top for a long time, is now experiencing a steady decline and, like that story, if the USA doesn’t watch itself, it too may fall. My advice in diplomacy is to be humble, because no one likes a “big shot” — so humility is the secret to success.

RB: If you were going to send the president to one place in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?

GS: I would send him to children’s orphanages and an inner-city public high school. I would want him to address what the future holds for these kids and what can be done to solve the challenges facing our youth today.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

GS: No.

Bronk is a seasoned Capitol Hill strategist and advocate. She started her career at The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for the arts and entertainment industry, in July 1998. During her tenure as CEO, Bronk has taken The Creative Coalition from a New York-based entity to a national organization. www.thecreativecoalition.org

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