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‘The stars aligned’

PV alumnus partners with Lionsgate for upcoming movie

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‘The stars aligned’

Pascack Valley class of 1994 alumnus Geremy signed with Lionsgate to direct the movie,

Pascack Valley class of 1994 alumnus Geremy signed with Lionsgate to direct the movie, "Night Circus," that is planning to be released by the end of this year. The screenplay involves fantasy and romantic drama.

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Pascack Valley class of 1994 alumnus Geremy signed with Lionsgate to direct the movie, "Night Circus," that is planning to be released by the end of this year. The screenplay involves fantasy and romantic drama.

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Pascack Valley class of 1994 alumnus Geremy signed with Lionsgate to direct the movie, "Night Circus," that is planning to be released by the end of this year. The screenplay involves fantasy and romantic drama.

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Jeff Jasper said that it was his son, Geremy Jasper’s “dream come true,” to direct movies. Pascack Valley class of 1994 alumnus Geremy signed with Lionsgate to direct the movie, “Night Circus,” which is based off of a fantasy and romantic drama screenplay. The movie has been a developing project since 2011 and is planning on being released to the public by the end of this year.

“I’m looking forward to making the movie, that’s the joy and the reason you do it,” Geremy said. “The stars aligned and I met with Lionsgate about what I would want to do with the film. It seemed like my vision of it and what they were looking to do lined up.”

It seemed like my vision of it and what they were looking to do lined up.”

— Geremy Jasper

Geremy said that Lionsgate was encouraging and open to his thoughts regarding the direction of the movie.

“Lionsgate does a lot of different stuff,” Geremy said. “They’ll do ‘Precious’ then they’ll do ‘The Hunger Games.’ They did ‘La La Land’ and then they’ll do a horror movie. They just have a wide breadth of the kinds of films that they do which I appreciate.”

Along with “Night Circus,” Geremy had written and directed “Patti Cake$,” a story about Patricia Dombrowski, a fictional character and “a big girl from New Jersey” who dreams of making a name for herself in the rap scene. Geremy was also the star of the Sundance Film Festival two years ago and has been writing a script for another movie that will “hopefully before long be out into the world.” He started the screenplay this past September.

[Lionsgate was] just a big fans of ‘Patti Cake$’ and they’ve been talking to me about the projects for maybe a year or a year and a half,” Geremy said. “It took around three years to write and then I shot for a month and edited for about seven or eight months. It’s a lot of preparation and very little time to actually shoot because it’s pretty expensive.”

Jeff said that his “heart fluttered” after “Patti Cake$” went through the credits and the last frame read “For Jeff and Lois.”

“He’s had this vision and didn’t waiver from what he wanted to do,” Jeff said. “I love him to death and I’m as proudest as can be of everything he ever does. Even if he stubbed his toe, I’d still be proud of him.”

I love him to death and I’m as proudest as can be of everything he ever does. Even if he stubbed his toe, I’d still be proud of him.”

— Jeff Jasper

Jeff recalled Geremy being artistic at 2 to 3 years old, although Geremy said that when he was 25, the idea of making films came to him.

“Geremy was a freshman and he was being somewhat disciplined by his English teacher that he had to write a five paragraph essay,” Jeff said, “and he was like, ‘Dad, where did this come from? What happened to writing?’ He was always putting things together.”

Geremy was originally intimidated by the idea of writing a screenplay and directing a movie.

“You guys are really lucky because of technology,” Geremy said. “You can shoot a movie on your phone. Back in the late 90s, everybody was still shooting on film. It was very technical and advanced. It seemed like going through med school, working with a big crew and shooting.”

 

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