Uncross the Stars Completed Feature Film, 2009Director/ProducerStarring Ron Perlman and Barbara HersheyDistributed by Echo Bridge Entertainment (US) / Showcase Films (International)
Uncross the Stars is a make-you-laugh-make-you-cry comedic drama in the tone of Juno, Garden State, Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine.
The film stars Oscar Nominated and Emmy Winning actress Barbara Hershey (Portrait of a Lady, The Last Temptation of Christ, Beaches) and Golden Globe Winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Beauty and the Beast).
Newcomer Daniel Gillies (Spiderman 2, The Sensation of Sight) plays Troy Harper, who has suffered the tragic death of his wife, Corrine (Bitsie Tulloch, Quarterlife).
Beset by grief, he receives from his Aunt Hilda (Hershey) a letter that Corrine left for him before her death. Troy finds himself following her last request, to drive to the desert and build Hilda a porch, and along the way, to “uncross the stars.”
Shut down to his emotions, stifling his pain with anger and self-pity, Troy arrives in Happy Valley, an Arizona retirement community, where he meets Hilda’s friends, a group of elderly ladies (including Pat Crawford Brown, Desperate Housewives, and Irma P. Hall, Soul Food, The Ladykillers) who show Troy a different outlook on life and death than he has ever experienced. Bawdy, wise-cracking and adorable, the “girls” inject unexpected vivacity into Troy’s darkness.
He also meets Bobby Walden (Perlman), a cactus farmer, ex-fighter pilot and desert philosopher, who befriends Troy and, along with Hilda and the girls, guides him through the lessons he needs to grieve and find peace.
Once Troy reopens his heart to the world around him, he begins to see the pain in others as well, and learns that his wife’s bid for him to “uncross the stars” has a deep and caring meaning of its own.
Filmed on location in Arizona. Shot on film. Color. 96 minutes.
The Job Director/ ScreenwriterStatus: Completed Feature FilmStarring: Daryl HannahDistributed by Lionsgate Films, 2004
Kenny wrote and directed this drama-thriller about a hired assassin, played by Daryl Hannah, who questions her life when she become pregnant. Also starring Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain, Alex Rocco and Eric Mabius, the spec feature was shot for under $500,000 and sold to Lions Gate films domestically and in dozens of international territories.
Food For Thought Director/Screenwriter/ProducerStatus: Completed 25-minute short FilmPurchased by HBO, 2001
Goldfish Writer/Director/Producer3-minute Film Noir Short