Valerie McCaffrey's DIRTY BOMB to Compete at the Prestigious 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes
DIRTY BOMB, one of the great but largely untold stories from WWII, will compete at the 2018 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival and will be screened on May 15th. at the American Pavilion, at a time TBD. Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes for emerging filmmakers to have their work seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market Attendees.
DIRTY BOMB tells the story of a concentration camp prisoner who sabotages the construction of the V2 Bomb, against the Nazis, thus signing his own death wish. McCaffrey wrote and directed the film. The short film stars Los Angeles based actors James Babson (THE WORDS), Israeli-born actor Ido Samuel (FILL THE VOID), and J. Michael Trautmann (SHAMELESS).
Most of McCaffrey's career has been a prominent casting director and studio executive both at Universal Studios and New Line Cinema. She has cast over 100 films, including Oscar nominated film AMERICAN HISTORY X and BABE. Recently, she produced a film called LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie KENNEDY and Angela Sarafyan, a cancer documentary CANCER, IT'S IN THE SYSTEM in which she co-directed and co-produced with Cindy Pruitt and produced an award-winning film entitled NEO NED, starring Gabrielle Union and Jeremy Renner. "I'm attracted to socially relevant stories and this one, even though I am not Jewish, I'm Armenian who knows what out is like to be persecuted. But, actually this is a hero's story which is rare to find among the confines of a concentration camp." The film was produced by Jennifer Tung, Stefan Simon and Brian Kelly Jones. Executive producers include Peymaneh Rothstein, Emad Asfoury, and Robert Shaye. Mikael Sharafyan was the costume designer. The film's score was composed by Alan Derian (MADAME SECRETARY).
DIRTY BOMB, set against the Battle of the Bulge, depicts the true story of how Jewish concentration camp inmates sabotaged the development of Hitler's V2 Bomb at the cost of their lives. The film is written and directed by Valerie McCaffrey, who as an independent casting director, cast over 80 films. In addition, Valerie uses her knowledge to a directing/producing/writing capacity. She directed a feature film called WISH YOU WERE DEAD distributed by Icon Entertainment International which starred Cary Elwes, Elaine Hendrix, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Sally Kirkland.