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|Directed by||John Stewart Muller|
|Produced by||John Stewart Muller
|Written by||John Stewart Muller
|Music by||Nick Urata|
|Cinematography||Frederick W. Schroeder|
|Edited by||Sam Restivo
|Distributed by||Peace Arch Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||October 18, 2008|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Fling, internationally titled Lie to Me, is an independent film about a couple navigating the hazards of an open relationship. It is the feature directorial debut of director John Stewart Muller and stars Brandon Routh, Steve Sandvoss, Courtney Ford, Nick Wechsler, Shoshana Bush and Ellen Hollman. It is the first feature from Santa Monica-based Steele Films and was written and produced by John Stewart Muller and his partner Laura Boersma.
Fling features Brandon Routh in his first lead role since Superman Returns. It premiered to a sold out crowd at the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival on April 26 in the Lido Theater on the Balboa Peninsula. The film received an award for "Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking" from the festival's jury.
Fling had its official Los Angeles premiere on October 18 at the Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. as part of the 2008 LA Femme Film Festival.
Shortly thereafter, it had its completely sold out East Coast premiere on November 7 at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. One week later on November 14, Fling had its Midwest premiere at the Screenland Theatre in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri which kicked off a month-long run at the theater.
Fling had its international premiere at the 2008 Bahamas International Film Festival on December 5, 2008. North American distribution is being handled by Peace Arch Entertainment and the DVD was released on March 24, 2009.
By all appearances, Samantha (Courtney Ford) and Mason (Steve Sandvoss) are the picture perfect couple: young, attractive, successful, and madly in love. At her sister Allison’s (Ellen Hollman) idyllic spring wedding, Samantha, a twenty-something fashion designer, finds herself irresistibly drawn back into the arms of her ex-boyfriend, James (Brandon Routh), a surprise wedding guest. Meanwhile, Mason, a published novelist just shy of thirty, spends a flirtatious evening culminating in a steamy hot tub encounter with his best friend Luke’s (Nick Wechsler) 18-year-old sister, Olivia (Shoshana Bush). Carefully sneaking out of James’s room, Sam is startled by Mason and confesses her affair. But Mason’s reaction is not quite what is expected.
So begins Fling. This twist on the classic love story addresses concerns that every couple must deal with: honesty, jealousy, commitment, maturity, understanding and ultimately the capacity for love.
- Brandon Routh - James
- Steve Sandvoss - Mason
- Courtney Ford - Sam
- Shoshana Bush - Olivia
- Nick Wechsler - Luke
- Ellen Hollman - Alison
- Deborah Rush - Katherine
- Mousa Kraish - Patrick
- Diana Newton - Amy
- Mary Kay Riley - Brooke
- Erin McGrane - Becky
- Ginny Weirick - Jessica
- Makinna Ridgway - Jenni
- Brandon White - Josh
- Lahcen Anajjar - Tom
- Tamar Kaprelian - Kim
The film was shot in and around Kansas City, Missouri.