May 2012 10

The award-winning documentary about Hollywood’s hopeful outsiders, geek-hustlers, and the perpetual have-nots  has launched on PreScreen Video On Demand with a special Los Angeles Premiere event on Monday, April 30th 2012 as part of The United Film Festival.

On April 30th The Table premiered at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the film‘s Director/Producer/Editor Ana Barredo (A Real Job), Producer/Cinematographer/Editor Roger Lay, Jr. (95 Miles to Go, Chrysalis), and Table founder Marc Scott Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion). Also in attendance were long-time Table members, Playwright James Metropole, Emmy Award-Winning writer Michael Reaves (Star Trek The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone) and Television Director Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, CSI). The Q&A was moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett (Director of Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales).

This special screening celebrated The Table’s Video On Demand release two day later. The Table is one of the first films being offered as a 60-Day Exclusive Preview on the new video-on-demand platform: Prescreen. Prescreen is a curated social discovery video- on-demand platform designed to promote and showcase premium content. With only 60 movies to choose from at any given time, Prescreen makes sure that quality indies like The Table won’t get lost in the shuffle.
Once the 60-Day Exclusive Preview has ended The Table will then be available on other digital platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and PlayStation Network.

The Table follows the lives of a group of Hollywood hopefuls for one year. They are members of a network support group called The Table that has been meeting together in the backrooms of restaurants every Thursday for nearly 20 years. Entertainment professionals at every level mingle with aspiring amateurs, creative castaways, the diligent and desperate alike – offering whatever advice, support, networking opportunities, and resources they have in hopes of at least maybe one day rising to the… middle. Hollywood can be a lonesome, cruel place for an outsider trying to get that first foot in the door. Even more so for waning stars, struggling to reclaim their former glory. But at The Table, they have built a thriving creative community. A community of talented individuals who aren’t waiting around for chance luck, they’re banding together to produce their own projects.
The Table was founded by a notable figure of the Sci-Fi community, Author/Screenwriter Marc Scott Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion, Sliders). Every Thursday night for 20 years, Zicree has proven the power of old school social networking. He’s the Grand Poobah of a gigantic social network which includes such notable figures (also appearing in the documentary) as: Guillermo Del Toro (Dir. Pan’s Labyrinth), George Takei (Star Trek), Armin Shimerman (Deep Space Nine), and Chris Wyatt (Prod. Napoleon Dynamite).

Enormously and genuinely compassionate, Zicree is also tirelessly and comically self- aggrandizing, which makes him a lovable foil to his own efforts time and again. As The Table continues to help build the careers of others, will Zicree find the personal success he is looking for?
But one of the most compelling stories in The Table is of Jim Troesh, a quadriplegic Writer/Actor/Director. In the 1980’s, Troesh had a recurring role on Highway To Heaven co-starring alongside TV’s Michael Landon. Troesh was also a scriptwriter for the show. But when it got cancelled, the disabled actor endured a decades long dry spell. With great humility and deadpan humor he recounts his tale of finding his way back, by collaborating with members of The Table. It is a bittersweet coda that only hours after The Table won Best Documentary at the 2011 SoCal Film Festival, Jim Troesh passed away from complications due to his condition. A fan of dark comedy, he would have appreciated the irony…

The Table is represented by United Films, a division of Connell Creations (producers of Holy Rollers), and will be distributed digitally by New Video Group (Best Worst Movie, Being Elmo).
The Table will also be screening in NYC on May 16th, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Cobble Hill Cinemas as part of The New York United Film Festival.
The Table will be available online as a 60-Day Exclusive Preview starting May 2nd, 2012 – on the new video-on-demand platform: Prescreen. For information, please visit: www.prescreen.com
For more info about the documentary The Table visit: http://www.thetable-movie.com/
Also visit Slice of Sci-Fi for an exclusive interview with the filmmakers.