Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweetwater Film – Hugh Benjamin attempts to get Martin Guigui’s film of the ground !

Sweetwater Film – Hugh Benjamin attempts to get Martin Guigui’s film of the ground !

Hugh Benjamin had an opportunity with “Sweetwater” director Martin Guigui of Sunset Pictures as he set up appointments for funding with Leigh Steinberg one of the worlds most famous sports agents in the athletic history. This happened in 2002. Since then Martin Guigui has really got many films going and accomplished a tremendous amount in the industry. Hugh Benjamin also worked on “Swing” a film directed by Martin Guigui. In “Swing” shot in San Francisco California who had a chance to work with Constance Brenneman for a short part in the film.
Martin Guigui shares his wisdom as a director/ filmmaker and must be commended for his persistance and committment to his craft -.

From Movie Blog Website:
Martin says” One day you have the interest of this A-list celeb, the next day they have moved on to consider another project…but then the eyes of another high profile actor lands on your script.

Such has been the case for casting “Sweetwater” but now the role of the film’s young basketball star has been locked down. Ladies and gentlemen, as revealed on Martin’s MovieSet blog, the actor playing the part of Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first African American to play in the NBA, will be Wood Harris!

Wood played the part of Avon Barksdale, the tough Baltimore drug czar, on the first three seasons of “The Wire”. He also delivered a memorable performance as high school football star Julius Campbell opposite Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans” and had a smaller part in Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” released last year. He’s also got some prior b-ball movie-related experience to draw on having played a player in the 1994 flick “Above the Rim”.And not only did Martin provide us with his latest exclusive, he also dished out who else is circling his project. “Kevin Costner is reading the script this weekend thanks in part to Elie Samaha, who is good friends with Kevin, but primarily thanks to David Harbour, our Producer/financier who is willing to stretch the budgetery constraint to accomodate Costner’s talent. I call that good buisness.”

Hugh during this time also met with Bo Zenga, Producer of Scary Movie and was given the script for “Soul Plane” as well Stan Lee creator of Marvel Comics at POW Entertainment at MGM. He believed in what Martin Guigui was doing and thought that a basketball movie was the best fit for Leigh Steinberg and set up a meeting with Martin Guigui and Producer Randy Holleschau from Crazy Dreams Entertainment and Director /Producer Doug Claybourne who worked on Apocalypse Now. The timing was not right with Leigh Steinberg and so we moved on to other meetings and possible investors.

During that time Martin Guigui introduced Hugh Benjamin to Evgeny Afineevsky who was working on producing Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay. Hugh and Evegeny would hand out a few times over meals and attending some parties at the time.

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