OFFICIAL SELECTION AT 2002 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
FLYING, written and directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Bruce Terris, was officially selected
as one of 11 shorts in competition at the 55th Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious film festival in the world.
FLYING concerns Roger, a beleaguered business man about to board a plane for one more
business flight. Waiting at the gate, he begins a conversation with Paul, the only other
passenger. Paul notices Roger is upset and as the two talk, Roger tells him he is sick. Through
the comforting words of a stranger, Roger is able to face some inner truth and prepare himself
to move on.
Bruce Terris began his career as an actor and producer of Chicago's most alternative theater.
He first got into independent film as a first assistant director and worked on numerous Chicago
production, including KWIK STOP, featured at last year's Los Angeles and Chicago film festivals,
BROTHER II, by award-winning Russian filmmaker Alexei Balabanov, and the Project Greenlight
film STOLEN SUMMER. Setting his sights on writing and directing, Bruce produced his feature
film debut, HOLE IN THE WALL. He is currently represented by Lawrence Mattis at Circle of
Bruce Terris cast his film with the who's who of Chicago actors, including Marc Vann and Mike
Nussbaum. Vann has been seen in such diverse films as MAGNOLIA, HOODLUMS, and HBO's
provocative Sundance Film Festival entry STRANGER INSIDE. He has also starred in some of
Chicago's best theater, including the John Malkovich directed HYSTERIA and the Midwest
premiere of David Mamet's THE CRYPTOGRAM, both at Steppenwolf. Nussbaum's collaboration
with Mamet is legendary. Nussbaum has worked with the Chicago playwright on some of his
best theater (AMERICAN BUFFALO, OLEANNA) and has also appeared in several of his films,
including THINGS CHANGE, THE WATER ENGINE, and HOUSE OF GAMES.
FLYING was produced by Marie Frick, a local freelance producer, in conjunction with David
Carlson and his company Bucktown Pictures. FLYING's Executive Producer is local indie guru
Steve Jones who has produced such varied films as HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER,
MAD DOG AND GLORY, and WILD THINGS. Christina Varotsis, a well known Producer and
Production Manager in the independent film industry and Board Member of the IFP/Chicago,
served as supervising producer. Other notable crew members include: Cinematographer David
Blood, Editor Sharon Zurek from Black Cat Productions and Sound Designer Mark Messing from