Tony Kaye, famed director of "American History X" and "Detachment," will be directing local NYC screenwriter Penny Pollak's "Abigail," a film that will explore the concept of suicide with a healthy dose of comedy. Inspired by true events and espousing an honest portrayal of the Lower East Side, "Abigail" will contain emotions and situations to which all of us can relate as we struggle to find meaning in life.
"Abigail" is character-driven. It pokes fun at life and what it sometimes leads people to do. Since tragedy without a little comedy can be sad, Penny was sure to write some levity into the script. That said, it is still a raw look at real feelings that people experience.
The film also contains surreal elements in the style of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." It is still being written, though there are already some big-name actors in talks about the film. But Penny herself will be playing the lead.
Tony Kaye's production company is called "Above the Sea Productions." David Hausen, who has worked with Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is one of the producers. The film has been in pre-production for two years, and now Penny will be moving to Los Angeles for a while to get the ball rolling. But she intends to return to New York; not only to film the movie, but because New York is her home.
As this new chapter in her life opens, another closes. Penny's Open Mic will no longer happen at Under St. Mark's like it has every Tuesday for the past 6 years. However, a new version of the open mic will take over. The Open Mic Downstairs will happen Tuesday evenings following the last night of Penny's Open Mic next Tuesday. It will be run by Dan Ricker, Kaitlin O'Conner and Mike Milazzo. Penny feels that their youthful exuberance will keep the show fresh.
As for Penny, she is beginning an exciting new chapter in her life, one that will see her on the big screen.