Creative Artists Agency (CAA) announced today that it has signed director Joshua Caldwell. The news coincides with opening of his new film “Be Somebody,” starring Viner Matthew Espinosa, which Paramount is releasing today in ten theaters in the U.S. and on demand and digital HD.
Caldwell, 32, won an MTV Movie Award in 2006 for his film “The Beautiful Lie,” which he wrote, directed and produced while still a student at Fordham Unversity. His first feature, “Layover,” made for just $6,000, premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award. He went on to develop online projects for “CSI” creator Anthony E. Zuiker, including “Cybergeddon” (Yahoo), and direct the eight-episode Hulu series “South Beach.”
Written by Lamar Damon (“Bunheads,” “Slap Her, She’s French!”), “Be Somebody” tells the story of fictional Justin Bieber-esque teen pop-star Jordan Jay (Espinosa) desperate to find a more normal life. He abandons his sold-out tour and takes refuge in a small town, where he meets Emily, played by Sarah Jeffery (“Wayward Pines,” Disney’s “Descendents”), a rebellious street artist who wants nothing to do with him.
Studio71 financed and produced the film, with Espinosa and Studio71’s Jeff Levin serving as executive producers. Gary Binkow and Amee McNaughton produced for Studio71 and Angelique Hanus served as co-producer.
The release of “Be Somebody” is the first product of a multi-year agreement between Studio71 and Paramount’s Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution and Acquisitions division to distribute features starring the former’s top digital influencers.
Caldwell’s next feature, the Mar Vista Entertainment thriller “Negative,” starring Katia Winter, is currently in post-production. He is managed by Tom Spriggs at the Colonel Group.