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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

After 100 shorts, Area Six: Chicago's James Fotopoulos tries to go comm'l

At Reel Chicago, news of a truly underground prodigy hoping to cross over to the bank. “After eight features and more than 100 shorts that have made him a favorite of museum and underground festival programmers, James Fotopolous is embarking on his first commercial production,” writes Ed M. Koziarski. grandpas ghost_music from the fotopoulos projects.jpgArea Six is budgeted at $2 million and based on Chicago novelist Jay Bonansinga‘s “The Sleep Police.” The producers, Fotopoulos says, are “taking my art world rep and moving it into commercial territory.” Fotopoulos sees both he and Bonansinga as profilic Chicago compatriots. “Fotopolous said he was attracted to “the fact that it’s about sleepwalking, hypnotism and abortion. All those themes are interesting to me.” … Fotopoulos, whose father was a police officer, said he’s interested in exploring the stylistic contrast between the procedural and hypnosis/sleepwalking aspects of the story.” [You can read my 2003 profile of Fotopoulous here.]

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