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BUZZKILL - The Movie

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A struggling writer, Ray Wyatt, acquires fame in an unusual way when a notorious serial murder, named the Karaoke Killer, steals his car and the newest draft of his script.

Directed by Steven Kampmann

Written by Steven Kampmann & Matt Smollon.

Executive Producer: Adam Gottbetter

Producers: Thomas Hanna, Dylan Hundley, Samara Yeshaiek, Barry Shapiro, Steven Kampmann, George Stephanopoulos & Matt Smollon

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Festivals and Awards

People’s Choice Award Best Feature Film-NJFF at Cape May

Best Feature Comedy-Big Easy Film Festival

Best Director-Big Easy Film Festival

Best East Coast West Coast Face Off Feature-Jersey Shore Film Festival


Script Synopsis

Ray Wyatt, a once promising screenwriter, refuses to "sell out" and get a job in advertising much to the dismay of his girlfriend Sara. Just when he is about to write the ending to his own life, he gets a break from an enthused LA producer who wants to meet with him in one week about his new script, "Great Shame."

With little money to spare, Ray loads up his beat-up car, leaves New Jersey and heads to Hollywood. Ray's trip takes a drastic detour after his rambunctious companion, a young waitress from the local diner, abandons him and an infamous serial killer steals his car containing the only copy of his script with the new ending.

With his entire future on the line, Ray desperately tracks the serial killer down but initially forgoes turning him into the police until he finds out what he thinks about the new ending.

BuzzKill is a film about a dream, a twist of fate and an unexpected happy ending.


Cast

Daniel Raymont (Ray Wyatt)

Daniel Marcus Raymont is a chameleonic performer whose acutely observed impersonations have fooled just about everybody he's met. His work reflects his family background: one-part Dallas royalty, another part Latin American socialist.

Born in New York, and raised by his Texan mother and Germanic-Argentine-Mexican father in Mexico and D.C., only to spend time in Maine, London, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, he has recently moved to Brooklyn where he plans to grow roots with his Japanese-Irish wife.

His tv work includes a recurring role in the Nickelodeon show, "The Naked Brothers Band", the ABC sitcom, "The Knights of Prosperity" and FOX's "New Amsterdam". Film work includes "Watching the Detectives" (which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival), "My Name is Nigel Cook", "The F word", and "Freaky Friday".

Daniel is currently performing his solo show "The store" based on his 10 years at neiman-marcus, Beverly hills. It's seven characters in 30 minutes. A hilarious tale of fashion, commerce and revolution spiced with incomparable wit. See www.jazzyd.com for more info.

He has also appeared in countless commercials including Heineken, Visa, and Burger King (as Ugoff).

When he is not fooling your eyes and ears by appearing as a Transylvanian one minute then a Frenchman the next, he spends his time developing a men's clothing line using high quality Italian fabrics at a Brooklyn factory run by a Czech Holocaust survivor.

Darrell Hammond (The Karaoke Killer)

Actor/comedian Darrell Hammond fondly recalls his first taste of show business at age five practicing the impressions of his family members on the porch of their home in Melbourne Florida. It wasn't many years later when Darrell realized he wanted to submerse himself in the pursuit of bringing his comedy and impressions to a much bigger stage. For seven years now, Hammond has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and news makers on television as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member. Darrell is known for being one of the most prolific comedians of his time. In addition to SNL, he frequently tours comedy clubs and theaters, boasting a wide array of brilliant impressions.

Each and every one of his impressions have been applauded by critics and viewers alike, for their accuracy and range. In fact, Darrell's impression of Al Gore was so powerful that it was said the former Vice President studied Darrell's gestures in preparation for the Presidential debates. Amongst the great number of other people he mimicks are Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, Dan Rather, John Travolta, Jesse Jackson, Richard Dreyfus, Jay Leno and Ted Koppel. Darrell also displayed a small handful of his famous comedic characters on last year's telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

In addition to appearing in sketches, Hammond has been seen in a number of feature films and television shows, displaying his talents in both dramatic and comedic roles. Most recently, he has finished shooting the Screen Gems feature "Weiners" and the Regency feature "Bob Bailey's Disco Balls". He has also starred in Warner Bros' "New York Minute" opposite Mary Kay and Ashley Olsen and in the Dimension feature "Scary Movie 3". He received tremendous reviews last year appearing as a deranged but intense criminal defense lawyer in Dick Wolf's "Law and Order: SVU". His other film credits include an appearance in Universal's "Blues Brothers 2000", Disney's "Celtic Pride", and the voice of Master Little in Disney's animated hit "The King and I".

Although it has been a dream come true for Darrell to be a regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", one of Hammond's biggest honors came at our nation's capital in April 1997. During a surprise appearance with President Bill Clinton, Hammond was widely praised by the media for his dead-on impression of the President at an event before a great number of government officials and members of the Washington Press Corps. In an equally as impressive fete at 2001's White House Correspondent Dinner, Darrell received a standing ovation for his performance in front of 2000 press people and President George W. Bush.

Darrell continues to move audiences with his comedy, performing in New York and throughout the entire country. Most recently Darrell gave Comedy Central its biggest ratings to date for a 1/2 hour comedy special performing in his own "Comedy Central Presents: Darrell Hammond".

Hammond is a proud resident of the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan.

Mike Starr (Agent Brady)

Mike has had success as a supporting actor on the small screen and the silver screen. His credits include Det. Russ Millard in "The Black Dahlia", "Goodfellas" and a regular in Cohen Brothers films including "Millers Crossing" and "The Hudsucker Proxy" to name but a few.

 

Krysten Ritter (Nicole)

Actress Krysten Ritter is an exciting up and coming young actress. In addition to "Buzzkill", this summer she worked on the indie film "Frost" with Jason Behr, the studio feature "27 Dresses" with Katherine Heigl, and "What Happens In Vegas..." with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz. She will also be one of the stars of the upcoming "Confessions of a Shopaholic".

Currently Krysten can be seen on the FOX sitcom "Til Death" playing the daughter of Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. She has also appeared as the peppy character of Lucy on the hugely popular "Gilmore Girls." Last season she earned attention for her role as the ditzy and quirky Gia Goodman on the UPN hit series "Veronica Mars." She has been featured in several other television programs which have showcased her versatility including, "The Bedford Diaries", "Law & Order", "Justice", and "Big Day". In addition, Krysten has shot pilots for CBS and FOX.

Krysten was only sixteen years old when the legendary Kathy Gould of Elite Model Management scouted her at her hometown mall taking her from a beef farm in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania to the editorial pages of the world's most prestigious magazines. She traveled the world going from Tokyo to Barcelona, from Milan to London and Paris seeing sights most girls can only imagine at a young age.

With energy to spare and a New York downtown style all her own, Krysten has captured the hearts of many, including director Kenneth Lonergan. He was so taken by her that he wrote her a part in his upcoming film, "Margaret", which features Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick and Mark Ruffalo.

Last summer Krysten made her off Broadway debut in "All This Intimacy" at 2econd Stage Theatre Uptown and received glowing reviews for her performance. When Krysten's not working she spends her time playing the guitar, taking acting classes, and writing. She is also a member of a rock band called "Ex-Vivian".

Larry Hankin (Granger)

Larry Hankin is a veteran character actor featured in several television and film roles whose credits include "Billy Madison", "Money Talks", "Pretty Woman" and a regular in John Hughes films including "Home Alone".

Reiko Aylesworth (Sarah)

Reiko Aylesworth spent 2 years playing Michelle Dessler opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the FOX hit television show "24" and can currently be seen on "ER". She then jumped from television into the film world. She went from playing an agent for the government to a 'femme fatale' in the independent feature "The Killing Floor" directed by Gideon Raf and executive produced by Doug Liman and Avi Arad followed by "Mr. Brooks" directed by Bruce Evans and starring Kevin Costner and Demi Moore.

The New York City-based actress got her start in theater, starring in such Off-Broadway plays as "Robbers", directed by Marshall Mason; "Missing-Kissing", directed by John Patrick Shanley; and "One Hundred Gates", directed by Howard Rossen. She also starred in regional theater productions of "Humpty Dumpty", directed by Joe Bonney, and "Cheap Sentiment", directed by Tom Bullard. Also She starred in Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" at the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Jo Bonney.

Aylesworth first made a name for herself starring in such series as FOX's "American Embassy," UPN's "All Souls" and NBC's "Sherman's March" and also appeared in a recurring role on the hit NBC drama, "Law & Order: SVU." and guest starred in such series as "Ed," "The West Wing," "and "The Dead Zone."

Steven Kampmann (Director)

Steven began his career as a comedic actor/writer at the legendary Second City Theater appearing both in Chicago and Toronto. He wrote on and produced the hit television show WKRP IN CINCINNATI before co-starring on the successful Newhart show two years later in the role of Kirk Devane. He has appeared as an actor in eight movies including a featured role in Club Paradise with Robin Williams, For The Boys with Bette Midler, and Analyze That with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal. He co-wrote the hit comedy Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield and co-wrote and co-directed the film Stealing Home starring Jody Foster and Mark Harmon.

Other writing credits include The Couch Trip with Second City alum Dan Aykroyd and the cult classic Clifford starring Martin Short also a Second City alum. Steven's Christmas film, Special Delivery, debuted on the Fox Family in December 2000. He co-wrote, directed, and appeared in Second City's first feature film in forty years, Buzzkill, that is being released on Valentine's Day 2012. Steven has also been teaching screenwriting for twelve years, focusing on giving students the necessary tools to transform their own story ideas into the screenplay format.