Henry Jaglom's original screenplay of his 2009 play, JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY, starring Tanna Frederick and Judd Nelson, opens in Los Angeles, today, October 3 and in New York on October 17.
Jaglom’s 18th film follows an eccentric family of actors with roots going back to the Yiddish theater, and takes place during one spring in their rundown country house outside New York City. The family includes patriarch, George “Grisha” Isaacs, who worked in the Yiddish theater as a child; his wife, Vivian; his down-on-his-luck brother-in-law, Larry, who is reduced to working in dinner theater; a family houseguest, Sally; and the Isaacs’ youngest daughter, Pandora (Tanna Frederick), who has moved back in with her parents following a recent relationship breakup.
As the family prepares for the Passover seder, older sister, Betsy (Julie Davis)arrives with her fiancé, (Judd Nelson), and long-held resentments between the siblings ensue. Tempers and emotions flare and long-buried truths are unearthed as upheaval rocks the family.
About Henry Jaglom:
Henry Jaglom is a filmmaker, a playwright and an actor. He trained with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio in New York and then went out to Hollywood in the late 1960s where he worked with Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles. He has been making independent films for the past 40 years and knows more about the industry than most.
Jaglom co-starred in four of his most personal films- Always, But Not Forever (1985), Someone to Love (1987) starring Orson Welles in his farewell film performance, New Year's Day (1989), which introduced David Duchovny, and Venice/Venice (1992) opposite French star Nelly Alard.
As a playwright, he has written four plays that have been successfully performed on Los Angeles stages: The Waiting Room (1974), A Safe Place (2003), Always—But Not Forever (2007) and Just 45 Minutes from Broadway (2009/2010).
Jaglom is currently in post-production on his 19th film, The 'M Word, which stars Tanna Frederick, Frances Fisher, Michael Imperioli, Gregory Harrison and Corey Feldman. He is also the subject of the Henry Alex Rubin's and Jeremy Workman's 1997 documentary Who is Henry Jaglom?.