International critical and fan festival favorite, the multiple award winning film, BFFs releases on iTunes, Amazon and on InDemand (including Time-Warner, Comcast/xfinity, Bright House and Cox Cable) on June 3rd, 2016. The real-life Hollywood BFFs behind the film, Andrea Grano and Tara Karsian, are guest stars of numerous high-profile television series such as Review, 24, CSI, The Mentalist, Castle and Bones. Acutely aware of the lack of female-centric productions in Hollywood, Grano and Karsian wrote and produced the original screenplay through Grano’s Sneaky Pete Productions, as well as starred in the film.
The ensemble comedy explores the relationship of two female best friends who take advantage of the luxuries of a couples’ retreat by pretending to be lovers. However, the “Closer to Closeness” weekend blurs the line between reality and fiction and they find themselves questioning where the line is drawn between “lover” and “BFF.”
Grano and Karsian bring their Hollywood legacy to the project by including Grano’s father (one of the original producers of THE Broadway smash, Jersey Boys) as co-founder of the production company, and Karsian’s mother (Emmy and Grammy-winning actress, Pat Carroll, perhaps best known to Disney fans as the voice of Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid) as a BFFs co-star.
BFFs also stars Australian acting icon, Sigrid Thornton (The Man From Snowy River, Paradise, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door), Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing), Larisa Oleynik (The Secret World of Alex Mack, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mad Men), Richard Moll (Night Court, But I’m A Cheerleader) Molly Hagan (Election, Herman’s Head), Jeffrey Vincent Parise (General Hospital, Mad Men), Dan Gauthier (One Life to Live, Faking It, Teen Witch) and Jenny O’Hara (Transparent, The Mindy Project, Big Love, Mystic River). Andrew Putschoegl directed, after coming off his critically-acclaimed Slamdance short, Hello, Caller and producing and editing the indie hit, Stephen Tobowlowsky’s Birthday Party.
After a successful premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, BFFs continued to find enthusiastic support and critical love on the festival circuit from a primarily female audience of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. Grano and Karsian credit BFFs reception to the fact that, despite the recent success of films and shows like Bridesmaids and HBO’s Girls, the demand for female-driven content continues to be unsatisfied. It seems the core audience of women, straight, gay and everywhere in between, can get behind BFFs’ authentic portrayal of female friendship that is both genuine and hilarious.
More information can be found on the film’s website: www.bffsthemovie.com