Word of Mouth: Julia Roberts' 'Fireflies' finds theatrical release [video]
This year’s flop “Larry Crowne” notwithstanding, Julia Roberts has been one of Hollywood’s most bankable movie stars. But her costarring role in the independently financed “Fireflies in the Garden” didn’t prevent the movie from being earmarked for a direct-to-video release. Now, four years after “Fireflies” was shot, the drama about a dictatorial father will finally reach theaters.
The first feature from writer-director Dennis Lee, “Fireflies” was produced by Senator Entertainment, which went under soon after the movie premiered to caustic reviews at 2008’s Berlin International Film Festival. As Senator’s assets were divided, the film landed at Sony, which planned to skip a theatrical release. But Lee, Roberts and some of the film’s makers labored to get the film back, and cobbled up enough money to support a limited “Fireflies” release this weekend.
In this week’s Word of Mouth column, John Horn writes about the film’s journey to the screen, and talks about the article in this video.
Photo: Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts in "Fireflies in the Garden." Credit: Van Redin/Senator Entertainment.