Pleased to Meet Me
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About PTMM

Pete Jones, lead singer of the seminal punk band AMMO PALACE, is stuck. He's solo (in his professional and private life) and he can't finish his long-promised, still gestating album. His one-time partner, now-out-on-her-own indie producer Laura Klein, approaches Pete to appear on a segment of a syndicated radio show. Laura's pitch is simple: from the Classifieds and Craigslist, she and Pete will find a group of musicians who have never met and create, for one day and one day only, a band.

The musicians are assembled. It's a vibrant cross section of talent: an eccentric, elderly Theremin player, a muse-worthy but abused punk rock bassist, a Christian guitarist who sings like an angel, a butch, hardened, but happy-to-be-here drummer, a former lounge singer turned real estate agent singer, and an almost-past-his-prime electric violinist with anger management issues.

For Laura, this is an opportunity to establish a life out from under Pete's shadow. For Pete, it's a chance to connect and re-mix his personal and creative life. For the unknown band, it's a time to see if they have what it takes to fulfill, or say goodbye to, the unfulfilled dream of making it in the music business. Pleased to Meet Me is a funny, unexpected look into the unrealized dreams and possibilities of artists.

The Cast

John Doe John Doe as Pete Jones

John Doe is an American singer, songwriter, actor, poet, guitarist and bass player. Doe founded the much-praised L.A. punk band X, of which he is still an active member.

He has appeared in more than 30 film and television productions including Roadhouse, Great Balls of Fire, Boogie Nights.

Aimee Mann Aimee Mann as Laura

Aimee Mann is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist who hit the international stage in 1985 with her hit song "Voices Carry." In 1999 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the film Magnolia.

Loudon Wainwright Loudon Wainwright III as Eric

Loudon Wainwright, III is a Grammy Award-winning musician, actor, humorist and playwright. To date, Wainwright has released 22 studio albums.

Joe Henry Joe Henry as Terence

Joe Henry is a Grammy-winning performer and producer who's work spans the last two decades. He has served as music supervisor on several films including Knocked Up, and had a song on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada.

Karin Bergquist Karin Bergquist as Rita

Karin Bergquist is the unmistakable voice of Cincinnati-based Over the Rhine. She has recorded several albums and toured and recorded with the likes of Joe Henry and the Cowboy Junkies.

Morgan Nagler Morgan Nagler as Stacy

Morgan Nagler is a California-based actress and lead singer for the countryesque Whispertown. She has acted in everything from episodic television to feature films and of course, her own music videos.

Katie O'Brien Katie O'Brien as Mel

Katie O'Brien is a Louisville-based musician and drummer in the band The Slow Break.

Timothy Morton Timothy Morton as Steve

Timothy has been acting and collaborating in indie film productions for ten years, most recently playing the leading role in the award-winning and critically acclaimed feature film, "Pilgrim Song," which is currently running the festival circuit. In his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, he plays fiddle and guitar with the old-time band, Trappers Keepers.

Adam Kramer Adam Kramer as Duncan

Adam Kramer is a multi-instrumentalist, writer and luthier. Most recently, he was front man and guitarist in the Louisville-based band The Broken Spurs and has shared the stage with such acts as RTX, The Meat Puppets, The Whigs and AC/DC.

Creative Partners

Moog Falls City Beer Bisig Impact Group
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Archie Borders

Archie Borders

Director / Co-Writer - Pleased to Meet Me
Partner - 180 Degrees

Archie Borders is a producer and director with more twenty years of filmmaking experience. As one of the owners of 180 Degrees, Archie is also the writer-director of the feature film Pleased to Meet Me, an adaptation from of the nationally syndicated radio program This American Life. In addition, his accomplishments in film and television include:

  • Producer, critically acclaimed independent film Assisted Living. (Winner, Best Feature Film, 2003 Slamdance Film Festival and 2003 GenArts Film Festival).
  • Director, writer, and producer, feature film Paper Cut, Image Entertainment, nation-wide.
  • Producer and Director of the comedy-horror spoof, "The Little Sex Shop of Horrors" currently playing at the Portland Undead Film Festival, May 15-16, 2009.
  • Field Coordinator, "Southern Belles: Louisville" airing May, 2009, on ABC Networks' SoapNet.
  • Director, writer, and producer, independent feature film, Reception To Follow. Purchased by Showtime, it aired exclusively on the Sundance Channel.
  • Producer, independent film The Grey. (Winner, Best Film, 2003 Santa Barbara Film Festival).
  • Production Manager, Death Tunnel, released nation-wide by Sony Home Entertainment.
  • Line producer and co-editor, independent film, 100 Proof. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival. Released by Water Bearer Films.
  • Production coordinator, feature film, How You Look To Me.
  • Production coordinator, independent feature film Pharaoh's Army, starring Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Distributed by Orion Home Entertainment.
  • Assistant Director, made-for-television movie Ambush.
  • Post-production producer, Secretariat documentary, ESPN.
  • Recipient, 2001 KY Education Independent Producer's Grant.
  • BA, Southern Illinois University School of Film.

Michael Fitzer

Michael Fitzer

Producer / Director of Photography - Pleased to Meet Me
Partner - 180 Degrees

Michael Fitzer is an Emmy™ award-winning writer, producer, director of photography, editor, and one of the principal partners in 180 Degrees. With more than fifteen years experience in filmmaking and production, his work has been seen on all national networks and many international networks, with work even appearing on the Times Square Video Board. His accomplishments in film and television include:

  • Producer, 1st AD for The Rescue, a History Channel documentary based on the book with the same title by author and historian Steven Trent Smith (book rights have been acquired for the making of the feature film).
  • Director, writer, producer, editor of the feature documentary Into the Lighthouse (Winner, Best of Show - Tambay International Film Festival and the Bronze Award, at the Columbus International Film Festival), distributed through Frontrow Video of Melbourne, Australia and U.S.-based Doc Channel.
  • Developer, producer, and director for the nationally acclaimed public service series It's Your Life (Winner of the Emmy™ Award for Public Service by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters), distributed nationally by the Liberty Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Producer and director of photography for The War in Kentucky for PBS.
  • Director of photography for The Heart of the Game, the Louisville Slugger Museum 2009 exhibit film and all factory tour films.
  • Producer, director, director of photography, and editor for more than 100 commercials and films for high-profile clients including Kyocera International, Jack Daniels, AAA, Coney Island, and Norton Hospital.
  • Regular contributor to the nationally distributed Videomaker Magazine.
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Louisville
  • Recipient of numerous awards including:
    • The Emmy™ Award - National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
    • Service to America Award - National Association of Broadcasters
    • Two-time Best of Show / Addy Award winner
    • Two-time Telly Award winner
    • Best of Show - Tambay International Film Festival
    • Bronze Award - Columbus International Film Festival

David Henry

David Henry

Co-Writer / Producer

David Henry has written several feature-length screenplays, beginning with Amnesia (with Chris Belden), produced by Dream Entertainment and directed by Kurt Voss, starring Ally Sheedy, Sally Kirkland, and John Savage. Prior to Pleased to Meet Me, he most recently adapted the Zane Grey novel To the Last Man for independent producer Larry Rattner, to be directed by David Jacobson (Dahmer, Down in the Valley). David and his brother Joe recently completed a book about comedian Richard Pryor to be published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in the spring of 2013.

For the past 25 years, David has worked as a direct marketing/advertising writer and media producer. He began his career in New York City as advertising and marketing manager for Baseline, a pioneering online information service for the film and television industries founded by author and film scholar James Monaco (How to Read a Film). As production manger of Baseline's publishing arm, New York Zoetrope, he edited and oversaw the production of numerous entertainment-related titles including Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star, Movies Made for Television, The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, Who's Who in American Film, and a biography of Swedish actor and film director Victor Sjöström. He ghostwrote The World Under Crisis by Dr. Moises Pantoja Rodolfo, the former President of the Supreme Court of Peru, chronicling his 125 days of captivity as a hostage of the Tupac Amaru rebel group. He has worked on national and regional ad campaigns for clients such as Sprint, Humana, The American Bankers Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPS, Papa Johns International, Tricon Global Restaurants, Eli Lilly, Transamerica, and Churchill Downs He and his wife the artist Clare Hirn live in Old Louisville with their two teenaged children.