Best known as the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Balzary, aka Flea has had a long acting career, including performances in such films as Back to the Future Part II & III, The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Suburbia, My Own Private Idaho, Psycho, and most recently the critically acclaimed, Low Down.
Brought on by Academy Award winning producer and casting legend, Fred Roos (The Godfather Part II & III, Apocalypse Now, The Virgin Suicides, and most recently St. Vincent) and writer/director/newcomer, Jessica Janos, Prettyface is currently casting and set to begin filming a proof-of-concept short this July.
A different take on the Manson tale, Prettyface is the story of two teenage girls on a quest to find a lost horse. They encounter a group of people on an old ranch who offer to help… the Manson Family.
“Ms. Janos’ impressive screenplay is a marvel of subtlety as the terror builds, introducing us to a Charlie Manson few of us have ever met—up close, charming and ultimately terrifying in his attractiveness to a duet of innocent rural schoolgirls. Brilliant.” – Victor Miller, writer and creator of Friday the 13th
Janos was first inspired to make this film while riding horses through the hills of Southern California as a young teen.
It was the trails littered with the evidence of an unspoken and unseen world; the refuse of old porn mags, torn women’s underwear, obscure graffiti and disemboweled cats that punctuated these travels and planted the first seeds of Prettyface – the fascination and allure of the strange and dangerous world that exists on the edge of everyday society. From East Indian sitar to improvised hillbilly-folk songs performed by Flea in his role as Charlie, the eclectic blend of psychedelic, emotive musical styles in Prettyface will create a new perspective on an era that changed the world and provide a rare and intimate portrait of sixties teenage angst.
The film is currently being funded on Indiegogo at this link