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ARLINGTON ROAD

About the Script
The director discovered ARLINGTON ROAD during a lengthy search with producing partner Tom Gorai for a follow-up project after their first feature Going All the Way. "We were looking for a film that would broaden Mark's commercial exposure while still exploring his unique sensibility. We read many, many scripts before we found that perfect combination in ARLINGTON ROAD," recalls Gorai.

Brothers and producing partners Peter and Marc Samuelson had optioned ARLINGTON ROAD and were looking for a director who could best execute the suspenseful tone and plot twists of the script. They first approached Pellington after seeing Going All the Way, his music video work and his PBS documentary "Father's Daze." Pellington committed to the film and was attached as director, and Tom Gorai joined forces with the Samuelsons as producers on ARLINGTON ROAD.

"Mark's work was compelling, and his filmmaking style absolutely suited this script," recalls Samuelson. "He has an ability to convey an edgy, paranoid feel that we knew was necessary for the film."

After reading the script, Pellington said he knew he had an affinity for this "smartly constructed thriller with dark tones that dealt with contemporary, socio-political subject matter at the same time."

Probing that dark socio-political undercurrent is what motivated Kruger. "I wanted to write something that dealt with this new fear driving some people today," he explains. "We don't have external enemies in America the way previous generations did, so the enemies come from within. Many have gravitated toward the ranks of domestic terrorists and political extremists. They believe they are patriots-revolutionaries just like the first Americans who fought against the British-needing to destroy the oppressor so they can repair or replace the U.S. government."

Kruger's research found some public sentiment changing for the worse during the past decade. "Ten years ago only a few people would have sympathy for such terrorists. But as more and more people feel powerless," he continues, "there's this growing segment of the population that sees the extremists as not so extreme after all. And that's what's frightening to me... especially if they turn up in your backyard."

Robbins agrees about the film's socio-political implications. "There's an element of society that believes in violent retribution. And then there are those who are frustrated and losing faith fast. The fact that so few people vote isn't apathy, it's an active choice. It's a political statement. It's a protest."

These overarching-and controversial-political themes were crucial to Lakeshore's interest in the project.

"This was exactly the kind of project we were looking for... a strong script that deals intelligently with relevant social issues and doesn't flinch when things get rough," notes Lakeshore's Chief Executive Officer Tom Rosenberg. Lakeshore and Pellington seemed a natural match not only because of the material, but because Lakeshore had worked with Pellington on Going All The Way.

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