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Christopher Lloyd, Jane Kaczmarek to Star in Indie Drama 'The Boat Builder'

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By Jeff Sneider

LOS ANGELES ( - Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd,
TV veteran Jane Kaczmarek and Denver-based newcomer Tekola
Cornetet are set to star in writer-director Arnold Grossman's
indie drama "The Boat Builder," it was announced Wednesday.

Richard Bosner, who served as line producer on Sundance
award winner "Fruitvale Station," will produce the "Boat
Builder," which starts production next week in the San Francisco
area. Principal photography is expected to last one month.

"The Boat Builder" is a family-friendly film that stars
Lloyd as Abner, a one-time Merchant Marine captain who in the
twilight of his years and against the wishes of his daughter
(Kaczmarek), endeavors to construct a seaworthy vessel in his
oceanfront yard. Abner's scheme is complicated when he's
befriended by Rick (Cornetet), a bright, inquisitive child in a
difficult foster situation.

Cornetet makes his feature acting debut in "The Boat
Builder," which is a SAG Indie production that co-stars David
Lascher, Martin Ganapoler, Jessiqa Pace and young actors Joseph
Schirle, Ethan Bartley, Matthew Ronder-Seid, Alejandro Lopez,
Lucas Meyers and Shawn Clifford.

"The fully-realized characters Arnold created for 'The Boat
Builder' have attracted an outstanding cast and crew to what has
become among all of us a highly anticipated voyage," said

"I am honored by this chance to work with Christopher Lloyd
and the incomparable Jane Kaczmarek, and excited to introduce
the magical young actor Tekola Cornetet," added Grossman.

Best known for his work in the hit "Back to the Future"
franchise and the classic TV comedy "Taxi," Lloyd recently
earned strong reviews for playing dual roles in last year's
Classic Stage Company production of Bertolt Brecht's "The
Caucasian Chalk Circle."

Kaczmarek, who earned multiple Golden Globe and Emmy
nominations for her work on "Malcolm in the Middle," recently
appeared on USA's "Playing House."

"The Boat Builder" will serve as the first feature by
writer-director Grossman, who once wrote an episode of "The Love
Boat." He spent his early career writing and producing TV spots
for such Democratic candidates as Pat Schroeder, Gary Hart and
Leon Panetta. He also authored or co-authored four novels and
one nonfiction book on subjects ranging from the romantic Los
Angeles comedy "Going Together" to the deadly serious "One
Nation Under Guns."

Grossman has also written two plays, both of which were
staged at Denver's Industrial Arts Theater Company. It was one
of those, "The Little Bastard," that provided an early blueprint
for "The Boat Builder."

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