Indie Comedy Film for the 99% Makes Rock Club Premiere in Seattle

We Are the Hartmans stars Richard Chamberlain and "Dell Dude" Ben Curtis in the anti-big-box-store comedy saga screening at the Jewel Box Theater, Monday August 20, 7:00PM
We Are the Hartmans Comedy for the 99% Premieres in Seattle
We Are the Hartmans Comedy for the 99% Premieres in Seattle
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Aug. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- The indie feature comedy We Are the Hartmans, filmed in 2010, has come to be known as the movie that foresaw the Occupy Wall Street movement. On August 20th, the film screens in downtown Seattle, the site of the historic 1999 anti-globalization demonstrations known as the Battle in Seattle.  New York director Laura Newman and Seattle producer Cielito Pascual will attend.

"We held a screening tour of rock clubs in New York City just as Occupy was only days old. The timing was very fortuitous. We're thrilled to screen in Seattle where political activism and the indie sensibility is very innovative and strong," says Newman.

The film stars Richard Chamberlain known for his 60’s role as TV heartthrob Dr. Kildare. He plays Hartman, the owner of the local dive hangout facing foreclosure in a town overrun by big box chain stores. When Hartman falls ill, his estranged family swoops into town set on selling the property to a fast food franchise--only to find themselves embroiled in a neighborhood uprising. Ben Curtis, famous as the collegiate goof the "Dell Dude" in Dell computer commercials, plays the club's sound man who rallies a misfit group of rappers, rednecks and drag queens to seize the club declaring "This is an occupation!"

"The historic Jewel Box Theater in the Rendezvous Lounge is the perfect place to premiere our film because it embodies the atmosphere of Hartmans", explains Pascual. "It's a beloved and quirky gathering place that draws people from all walks of life."

The media has drawn parallels of Hartmans to the Occupy movement. Huffington Post describes it as “a joy ride from start to finish...with topics that the 99% can relate to”. Gothamist calls it a “comedy parable for our gentrified age”. Hartmans also received coverage in the The Hollywood Reporter, Playbill, Village Voice, and CelebStoner. Chamberlain attracted international media attention for portraying the bong-smoking club owner, a departure from his most famous role as Father Ralph in the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds.

Hartmans also stars Jennifer Restivo and features a soundtrack with songs from Freelance Whales and Iron and Wine. The script was penned by Newman and Emmy-award winner Peter J. Brash.  Filming took place in Manhattan, Peekskill, East Hampton, New York and in Jersey City, New Jersey. The film was featured at the Atlanta Film Festival, the CMJ 2011 Music Marathon and Film Festival and is an official selection of the 2012 World Music & Independent Film Festival.

To learn more about We Are the Hartmans visit Tickets for the Seattle premiere can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets:

To request an interview contact Cielito Pascual at 917-554-4849 or

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