Director Josh Becker, part of the Michigan Mafia crew featuring Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell releases his If I Had a Hammer in Beverly Hills.
“I will remain non-union for all of the films I make.” – Josh Becker
The 60s Becker Style
Director Josh Becker, known for helming his childhood pal Bruce Campbell’s films, Running Time and Alien Apocalypse, has finally released his movie shot in 1999, If I Had a Hammer. Set in the 1960s, the story follows the relationship between Phil Buckley (Brett Beardslee) and Lorraine Dempsey (Lisa Records) set against the backdrop of the turbulence of the times.
Using music to illustrate societal changes, Phil and Lorraine represent the old guard and the new wave. While Buckley digs Elvis, Dempsey is definitely a folky, Peter, Paul and Mary type of gal. However, the two manage to come together despite their differences.
The turning point in everyone’s lives occurs when the Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. Per Newswire, Becker had this to say, “As the screenwriter, this script allowed me to explore the development of these characters in my own way. Viewers will be intrigued as I lead them deep into the world of two individuals whose lives are about to be turned on edge.”
Utilizing several of the Michigan Mafia including Kurt Rauf who served as the director of photography and perennial favorite composer of the group, Joseph LoDuca, Becker’s effort has paid off. For those fans of his work wising to see this hidden gem, it will be showing until May 31 at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.
The theater address is 9036 Wilshire Blvd. To purchase tickets, please visit the Laemmle site.
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