“Pretty Little Liars” star Ian Harding, “Harry Potter” actress Evanna Lynch and Oscar nominee Carol Kane will star in the crime thriller “Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale,” which will mark the feature directorial debut of Tate Steinsiek.
Jason Noto wrote the film, which will co-star Brendan Sexton III (“The Killing”), Leo Fitzpatrick (“Kids”), Chaske Spencer (“Twilight Saga”), Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) and Ray Santiago (“Dexter”).
“Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale” is produced by Ash Christian, Jordan Yale Levine and Max Bornstein for Ironclad Pictures.
Based on a true story, “Dynamite” follows family man Max Bornstein, who was a full-time dope fiend working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry in 1968’s New York City. While running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the east coast, Max had the Feds on his tail. But even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s worried most about his wife and two young children, a family kept in the dark about Max’s real life. As Max battles his consuming addiction, dissolving family unit and the growing suspicion about his drug use amongst his associates, Max watches helplessly as his well-crafted reality falls to pieces, leaving him searching for the spaces in between.
Steinsiek is an accomplished SFX makeup artist and recently appeared on the first and fifth seasons of Syfy’s hit reality competition show “Face Off,” on which he won runner-up. Steinsiek established Ill Willed Productions in 2001, which provides SFX makeup and prosthetic application and fabrication to the film and television industry. His clients have included The Jim Henson Company, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law and Order, SNL, The History Channel, Discovery, and HBO.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this inspiring true story to life. It’s an important tale of one man’s downward spiral and ultimate redemption,” said Christian. “Having the ability to produce films with an uplifting message has always been a goal for our company, and we hope the film’s story and heart resonates with audiences around the world.”
The 18-day production started shooting on location in New York on December 2.