Los Angeles, CA- August 6, 2007—Lighthouse Entertainment announced today it has finalized principal casting for the upcoming teen comedy, Endless Bummer. Directed by Sam Pillsbury, Endless Bummer’s ensemble cast will include Aussie film star Khan Chittenden (Introducing the Dwights), rock legend Joan Jett, Jane Leeves (Frasier), Caitlin Wachs (Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood, Kids In America), Allison Scagliotti (One Tree Hill, The TV Set), Colton James (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Cell), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers) and Andy Fischer-Price (Surf’s Up).
When a surfboard is stolen from a Ventura beach one sunny California day in the summer of 1984, its anguished owner takes to the road with his band of misfit friends and drives to the San Fernando Valley to confront the thief and recover his prized possession. Based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter John “J.D.” Drury, this coming-of-age comedy begins production on August 13th in Ventura, California.
Lighthouse’s Steven Siebert (The Darwin Awards, The Rookie) produces alongside Drury, Todd Wiseman and John Sclimenti (Riding in Vans with Boys). Rosemary Marks (Thirteen) will co-produce.
Siebert commented, “This is a genuine story of a pivotal day for a group of young Ventura surfers in 1984. We are excited to be working with such a talented ensemble of young actors, each of whom brings a unique element to the real-life personalities they are portraying.”
Kevin Lyman, founder of the annual Vans Warped Tour music festival, will executive produce alongside Darren Quon. The film’s soundtrack will include modern renditions of now-classic 80’s favorites, re-recorded by a number of featured Vans Warped Tour artists.
Lyman commented, "It's been amazing watching this film evolve. Endless Bummer epitomizes the journey and adventure experienced by kids growing up in Southern California during the punk era of the 80's, but the decisions, struggles and adrenaline-driven lifestyle are something everyone can relate to, regardless of when and where they spent their teenage years - its relevance is timeless and has no boundaries."
The summer festival and its wintertime counterpart, Lyman’s ROCKSTAR Taste of Chaos tour, will be integral in the marketing and promotion of the film. Special previews of Endless Bummer will be available for concert goers at next year’s Vans Warped Tour.
About Lighthouse Entertainment
Lighthouse Entertainment was founded in 1987 as a personal management firm, representing actors, writers and directors. Over the past two decades, the company has developed into a full-service boutique management-production company. Headed by Steven Siebert, Lighthouse’s eclectic roster of projects includes The Darwin Awards, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and stars Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes; the period drama A Good Woman, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, and stars Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson; Cherish, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee in 2002; Gridlock’d, starring Thandie Newton and Tupac Shakur; and The Rookie, starring Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. Lighthouse is currently in development on Straight Camp, written by Jim Piddock, and in pre-production on The Lion’s Share, directed by Bob Giraldi.
About the VANS WARPED TOUR
The VANS WARPED TOUR® is well established as America’s longest-running touring festival, breaking up-and-coming indie talent as well as showcasing established artists. It has cemented its place in history by playing a major role in bringing punk-rock/skate/action sports culture from the underground to the forefront of American youth culture, while at the same time creating awareness and taking action towards environmental causes and helping those in need. June 29, 2007 in Pomona, California marked the kick-off of the "Lucky 13" year for the traveling punk rock summer camp, which will welcome over 600,000 fans and feature upwards of 100 acts each day including Bad Religion, Pennywise and Yellowcard. Past tours have introduced music fans to such artists as No Doubt, Eminem, blink-182, Sublime, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and countless others.