Lotus Entertainment and ROAR have boarded “French Touch,” a music-filled coming-of-age movie set in New York, starring French singer-songwriter David Hallyday and his real-life daughter Emma Smet.
The film will be directed by Shirley Monsarrat, who most recently helmed season 7 of the French teen hit series “Skam.” Jay Froberg at ROAR and Jeremie Guiraud at Lotus Entertainment are producing, alongside Otto Eckstein, who also penned the original screenplay.
“French Touch” takes place in 2007 in Brooklyn, and follows Elle Leclerq (Smet) who clashes with her father Matthieu (Hallyday), a Parisian DJ and 70’s disco icon, as she discovers French house music and experiences an epic summer of musical exploration, parties and romance.
“We are thrilled to have David and Emma play father and daughter in ‘French Touch,'” said Eckstein. “Music is essential to the film and is a world David and Emma are certainly familiar with,” added the writer-producer. Eckstein also said the film would be “an ode to disco and its influence on French Touch.”
Lenny Beckerman, Rachel Lauder and Barry Lederman will executive produce “French Touch.” Filming is slated to begin early 2022 in Brooklyn.
Hallyday, who is the son of the late French rock star Johnny Hallyday, will next be seen in Lamberto Bava’s “Twins” alongside Gerard Depardieu, while Smet stars in the hit daily series “Tomorrow Is Ours” on TF1. Eckstein is currently developing a TV series based on a modern reimagining of Dorian Gray for producers Bryan Zuriff and Ivey Hardin (“Ray Donovan”).
Hallyday is represented by Central Artists and AS Talents; Smet is represented by Agents Associés; Eckstein is represented by ROAR; Monsarrat is represented by Time-Art.
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Starting June 3, South Milwaukee’s Downtown Market will feed not just the body but the soul with a full lineup of musical acts.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center partnered with the downtown market to offer the summer’s Music at the Market series from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, for 19 weeks.
“It’s a terrific collection of artists that will lift up the market, our city center and our city every week starting in June,” Mayor Erik Brooks said on his blog.
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Brian Morrison, music director for the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, said despite the first portion of last year’s schedule getting canceled because of the pandemic, it was still popular.
“Last year was one of the biggest years for attendance,” he said. “That helped this year blow up with more sponsors and supporters.”Budget and location
Morrison, a musician himself, has been in charge of the event for four years and said it has grown quite a bit. That growth has, in turn, increased the budget for the event.
“Being a musician, I felt kind of bad asking people to almost play for nothing,” Morrison said. Since he started, the budget has nearly tripled to, on average, $300 per week.
The lineup has multiple financial sponsors including Cousins Subs, DB Tax & Wealth, Moran’s Pub, Eberhardy & Eberhardy LLP, Classic Cargo International Inc., South Milwaukee Downtown Market, Molthen-Bell & Son Funeral Home and Brian Morrison.
There is no cover charge to attend the concerts at the market near Milwaukee and 11th avenues.
The Downtown Market features fruits, vegetables, flowers, jewelry, art and more. More details can be found at www.smmarket.org/events.
The market space is currently under consideration for a large plaza-like development to further allow residents to enjoy music and other amenities. Morrison said he sees himself and those involved with the music series as “pioneers” to further use the space.
“I personally love the fact they’re going to invest in a community space,” Morrison said.Booking talent
Morrison said he tries to book a variety of acts starting in February for the summer series. Some of the acts he is most looking forward to are The MilBillies, a new group to the event; the Madtown Mannish Boys, a Madison group sponsored by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center; and the Sweet Sheiks, which Morrison described as “kind of bluegrass, kind of pop.”
“I try to book at least four, if not more, new acts each year,” Morrison said, adding that interested acts can reach out through the Downtown Market Facebook page.
Morrison said everyone he contacted was interested to sign up. Acts will perform toward the back of the raised stage with their own mic and equipment as a pandemic precaution.
“They’re completely separated from the crowd,” he said.The full schedule
June 3: Prof. Pinkerton’s Irrelevant Quartet
June 10: The Bluegrass All Stars
June 17: Sweet Sheiks
June 24: Blues Addiction
July 1: Rohn Larson
July 8: The Shuga Blu Band
July 15: Jack Reed Group
July 22: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
July 29: The MilBillies
Aug. 5: Sarah Day
Aug. 12: The Hungry Williams
Aug. 19: Siempre Flamenco
Aug. 26: Tom Sorce Band with Carol Hanzel
Sept. 2: Soulfoot Mombits
Sept. 9: Madtown Mannish Boys
Sept. 16: Matthew Davies
Sept. 23: Extra Crispy Brass Band
Sept. 30: She’s Right, I’m Left
Oct. 7: Val Sigal
Contact Erik S. Hanley at (262) 875-9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @ES_Hanley.
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