James Velissaris of Finch Fortress Films has been named Associate Producer of upcoming independent film “The Dropout”

Upcoming Independent Feature “The Dropout” Takes the Head of Finch Fortress Films James Velissaris as associate producer.

Ex-Files Productions, the feature film production company behind the upcoming independent film “The Dropout”, has announced that Finch Fortress Films founder and CEO James Velissaris will serve as associate producer on the film.

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / December 20, 2021 / As Ex-Files puts it, “The Dropout” is “a sexually positive, R-rated comedy influenced by the famous 1967 film” The Graduate “, but told from the perspective of a protagonist inspired by the character of The Graduate, Mrs. Robinson. [whom musicians Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel named their classic number-one hit song after on the film’s bestselling soundtrack]. “

“The Dropout” is the fourth credits of James Velissaris

Producer James Velissaris says he’s looking forward to at the start of production, has three film credits to his credit. He is associate producer of the romantic youth comedy “Escaping Ohio”, as executive producer of the sci-fi film “The Fearway” – both are currently filming – and is executive producer of the horror comedy ” Forever Home, now in post-production.

Velissaris made this statement to Ex-Files:

“I’m really excited to help you support your vision for this project. I loved ‘The Graduate,’ but I always believed that Ms. Robinson’s character was unexplored, despite being the most interesting character. of the film. I also felt that Elaine [Robinson]The character of fulfilled stereotypical gender roles throughout the entire movie until the end, and even at the end, he’s only able to assert his strength with the help of a man. I am very happy that you are revisiting this story from a feminine perspective, given the complexity and nuance of these characters. “

Finch Fortress Movies

In early 2020, Velissaris formed Finch Fortress Films of Atlanta to offer support to visionary film artists and storytellers who wanted to create projects that would challenge societal norms and provoke strong emotions. James Velissaris is himself half African-American. As he explains, “I felt [the film industry] portrayals across race, gender and sexual orientation can sometimes be stereotypical portrayals that do not allow a diverse set of viewers to see themselves in a movie. One of [Finch Fortess’] The main mission is to help produce movies and TV shows that challenge these conventional representations. “

With a strong entrepreneurial streak, Velissaris brings tax sensitivity and business acumen to the world of cinema. The producer was born in Chicago and earned degrees in economics and finance from Harvard and Columbia universities, respectively. In his teens he was a star athlete, achieving success on the grill as a football player.

James Velissaris can’t wait to produce on “The Dropout” to begin now that the film is fully funded. The film’s co-writer, Meryl Branch-McTiernan, is the producer, another co-writer Tyrrell Shaffner is the director and the director of the film Marginal MediaWorks, Milan Chakraborty, will be the executive producer of the film.


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