►was screened, April 14, 2012, at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival,
Maine, in front of a full house.
"Richard Chamberlain not only acts as Hartman, he is Hartman!"
The "We Are The Hartmans" team was involved, together with
Occupy Wallstreet activists, in "Occupy Circus and Film Festival",
a nationwide tour to inspire communities around the United States
to join forces and strengthen the Occupy movement.
Headlining the film festival was the feature length protest
comedy "We Are The Hartmans".
"We Are The Hartmans" let Richard Chamberlain
fans know that they had an extraordinary premiere
in New York City November 2 and a full house! here
The scene that anticipated the Occupy Wall St. movement
The film was on tour every Monday night
at different rock clubs around the city.
Bands from the soundtrack played after every screening.
After being an official selection at the CMJ 2011 Music Marathon and Film Festival,
in New York City, October 20, 2011, "The Hartmans Rock New York Tour"
kicked a series of screenings in New York and
Brooklyn music clubs, in an eight-week run,
beginning November 2
In partnership with East Hampton Bowl,
"We are the Hartmans"
organized a raucous rock 'n roll screening of the film,
The SLAMTONS Intl Film Festival,
thus launching novel ways to reach an audience. (East Hampton Bowl, October 14, 2011) Long Island indie rockers Walking Sideways
gave a live performance after the screening.
The world premiere and gala screening of
"We are the Hartmans" took place at the
35th Atlanta Film Festival
(Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, April 30, 2011))
Members of the cast and crew shared some thoughts and Richard Chamberlain gave an advice to would-be actors...
First pic of Richard Chamberlain, with Laura Newman in the background, on the red carpet of the premiere of "We are the Hartmans"
Richard Chamberlain is the lead in this project written by Emmy winner Peter Brash together with Laura Newman. The film has a budget of approximately 250,000$. An imaginative and innovative collection was held early July to raise 12,000$. The donors will enjoy a special place in the project and the amount will make a final scene possible: a colorful protest march down Main Street.
Hartman's Club is the last local hangout in a suburban town beset by big-box stores and fast food chains. When Mr. Hartman, the owner of the last suburban rock club, has a serious heart attack, his estranged family comes to town to sell the club and collect the money. What they don't expect is a full scale neighborhood rebellion by the eccentric rock bands, musicians, drunks and drag q
ueens that frequent the club.
"We are the Hartmans poses the question:
what makes a community? A town isn't just real estate. It's not just shopping malls, big-box stores and fast food franchises. A real community can only be built when different groups come together, realizing that their differences are outweighed by their communal bonds. In a consumer-driven economy - and an increasingly anonymous online world - what will become of local "hangouts" - the places where people can share, in person, a communal experience? Hartman's Club becomes a symbol of what we're all losing and of how we, as communities, can ultimately make a stand, in order to survive and flourish. There has to be a place for a community to make the kind of music that brings people together."
“We couldn’t be more lucky than to have the legendary
Richard Chamberlain” said the Hartman’s team and added “…He is a dream, a consummate professional, he gives us great material
every take. He is the perfect Hartman…
Away from the camera he is delightfully at ease, joking with actors and production alike. He showed us a real hip fist bump handshake which is now in the film. We showed him how to smoke a bong. There is no entourage, no agents, no managers. Richard is so unassuming, all we see before us is a seasoned performer with flexibility and patience, committed to making each scene a success.”
with Director Laura Newman & Producer Blayne Ross
"Richard Chamberlain has forsaken his comely cassock [Father Ralph de Bricassart in The Thorn Birds] for the tie-dyed terror.
The 76-year-old actor was on the set of the film "We are the Hartmans" at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York. He was dressed in a psychedelic ensemble that included a bright red bandanna and a string of beads,..but definetely not Rosary beads." Mail Online
Variety is the spice of life Hasn't Richard Chamberlain often stated he liked to play parts that were very different from one another? Never so true!
Richard Chamberlain winding up his last shots on the
"We are the Hartmans" set. In the foreground drag queen
The filming of "We are the Hartmans" has not gone unnoticed in the international media. Besides the British Mail, the German Bild, the Spanish El Periódico, the Italian Style.it, the Rumanian Femina have also echoed Richard Chamberlain's transformation from Father Ralph de Bricassart into Mr. Hartman.
In the United States, Michael Musto in The Village Voice wrote: "Yes, the star of Dr. Kildare and Shogun has joined the cast of the feature length gentrification comedy We Are The Hartmans, alongside drag king Murray Hill and drag queen Linda Simpson--not to mention Dell dude Ben Curtis--and I suspect his life will never be the same."
TThe Globe also mentioned Richard Chamberlain's role as Mr. Hartman in the independent film and illustrated the comment with a photograph