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In The Soup

Released 1992
Distributor Triton Pictures

Steve Buscemi plays Aldolfo Rollo, a screenwriter at his wit’s end who finds an unlikely production partner in Joe, an avuncular mobster played by Seymour Cassel. Director Alexandre Rockwell co-wrote the script with Sollace Mitchell. Jennifer Beals shows up as Aldolfo’s dream girl while Jim Jarmusch embodies the movie’s independent nature in a bit part as an underground filmmaker.

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About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!

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Saw IN THE SOUP at the Toronto International Film Festival, the same year it also featured LAWS OF GRAVITY, EL MARIACHI, and something called RESERVOIR DOGS. Talk about a golden time, but it was a real treat to see this on the big screen, especially with Rockwell and Buscemi in attendance for the screening. It’s stuck with me ever since.