A very married middle-aged frump of a woman is caught on camera in mid-kiss with her new boy toy, the photo turning out ironically to be her ticket to a rehabilitated marriage.
Such is the logline of Photo Finish, the joint effort of Producer/Co-writer Beth Rosen and Director/Co-writer Mort Scharfman, which presents Peggy McGuinness, Danny Boushebel, Bobby Ballack, Michele Meises and Beth Rosen, in a comedic if hard look at the age old middle-age couple crises of Libidoitis, the universal disorder which no amount of Viagra will cure, so much as plain old love and attention.
Photo Finish is the team’s first motion picture project. It made it’s debut at The Sunscreen Film Festival and was subsequently screened at The Big Apple Film Festival and The Garden State Film Festival. The twenty-three-minute short comedy film was one of 5 films nominated for Best of the Festival Audience Award at the Hoboken International Film Festival in 2012 and can now be found on Youtube and here on The Back Door to Hollywood Website.
The Film Photo Finish
About The Writers: Beth Rosen and Mort Scharfman
Beth Rosen, whose indie-production company, Signature Beth Productions LLC, financed the film, and Mort Scharfman, first met when Rosen, a lawyer by trade, took a course in comedy writing at NYU taught by Scharfman, an Emmy Award winning TV writer, now a professor at The New School University. Their first endeavors were sitcom pilot scripts, one of which attracted the interest of a well-known actor as star of the vehicle.
Beth recently co-produced a full length feature psychological thriller, Scavenger Killers, with critically acclaimed writer/film producer Kenneth Del Vecchio. The film stars various Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe award winners and nominees including Eric Roberts, Charles Durning and Robert Loggia, and she has an acting role in the film as well. She is also an associate producer of The Life Zone, a star-filled pro-life thriller movie that caused massive media uproar and which is available on demand NBC/Universal, An Affirmative Act, an acclaimed pro-gay marriage, star filled courtroom drama movie, and O.B.A.M. Nude, the first-ever satire movie about Barack Obama. She is currently Vice Chairwoman of the Hoboken International Film Festival and she teaches an online movie making and script writing course called The Back Door to Hollywood. She has several sitcoms in circulation and is currently in development on several other television pilots and screenplays.
Her resume also includes in the way of the literary and popular arts a number books, including co-authorship of a #1 best selling book, Living Proof: Celebrating the Gifts that Came Wrapped in Sandpaper, with Secret star and co-author of Chicken Soup for the African American Soul, Lisa Nichols. She has worked as an international corporate and insolvency lawyer at top New York City law firms such as Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and Shearman and Stearling, LLP. Rosen is now a comedy writer, screenwriter, film producer, actress, illustrator, songwriter, graphic designer, healer, professor of yoga, and a lawyer.
Scharfman’s credits include work as Writer/Executive Story Consultant for Toy-Tandem Productions sitcoms (Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin) as well as Writer/Executive Script Supervisor for D.L. Taffner Prods, plus specials starring or featuring Jackie Gleason, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope. He is the recipient of an Emmy Award for comedy writing and a two-time nominee in that same category. Also to his credit are two short documentaries on childhood poverty and disease in third-world countries, hosted by the late Katherine Hepburn and Angela Landsbury, respectively. Mort currently has two sitcoms pilots and a feature length screenplay in circulation and in the WGA contest.