Vincent D'Onofrio  Jan
Kevin Corrigan  Zelko
Liane Balaban  Irene
Jamie Harrold  Peter
David Rakoff  Frank
Helen Hanft  

Joachim Back

Production Company
Park Pictures

Executive Producers
Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Lance Acord
Jean Villiers
Mette Ambro
Gigi Realini

Sam Bisbee*
Tivi Magnusson
Erika Hampson*
Christian Potalivo

"The New Tenants" has been nominated in the Live Action Short Film category in the 82nd Academy Awards.
The film will screen at the 2010 Florida Film Festival (April 9-18). Film lineup will be announced in March.
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"The New Tenants" (2009) - Short film | Running time 20 min.

A prying neighbor, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta make up the welcome wagon. Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might just be the worst moving day ever. Their new apartment reveals its terrifying history in a film that is by turns funny, frightening, and unexpectedly romantic.

"The New Tenants" is directed by Danish Joachim Back, currently living in New York. The film is produced by a team of five – Sam Bisbee, Tivi Magnusson, Erika Hampson, Christian Potalivo and Johanne Stryhn Hørby – for M&M Productions and Park Pictures

Sam Bisbee
"The New Tenants" is Sam's debut as a Producer. He executive produced and co-wrote the soon to be released horror musical "Don't Go In the Woods", directed by Vincent D'onofrio. Sam Bisbee is a singer/songwriter/composer and record producer. He has recorded and released 5 critically acclaimed albums on 4 record labels. Sam is also signed to a publishing deal by NETTWERK and has an album due out by an artist he produced and wrote with named RENI LANE on Universal/Motown records. Sam has scored 4 feature length films and numerous shorts. Also a screenwriter, Sam has 4 films co-written with his writing partner Joe Vinciguerra including an adaptation of an Eric Bogosian novel "Mall", a film created with Vincent D'onofrio in conjunction with the Johnny Cash estate, and the directorial debut of acclaimed cinematographer Lance Acord.

Erika Hampson
Erika has been a resident of Manhattan and a member of the television and film community for the last ten years. In 2005, she was the associate producer of "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles," a short film starring and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. Since then, she has gone on to produce several other projects, including the feature film "Don't Go In The Woods" (2008) and most recently, a short entitled "The New Tenants" in association with Park Pictures. Erika also served as the executive producer for "Ipso Facto," an independent short which is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.


Root for the hometown girl on Oscar night | 2.17.10
By Frank O'Donnell

'New Tenants,' co-produced by Cumberland native Erika Hampson, up for award

When you watch the Oscars telecast on March 7, look carefully. You could see a Cumberland native on the stage making an acceptance speech."It's fantastic," says Erika Hampson. "It's amazing that we're going this far with it."

"The New Tenants," which Hampson co-produced, is among five films nominated in the Shorts category for an Academy Award.

The film stars Vincent D'Onofrio, perhaps best known for his role as the quirky detective Bobby Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." "I moved to New York right after college and got really lucky," says the 32-year-old Cumberland High graduate. "I started as a production assistant on 'Criminal Intent.'"

As the first-team production assistant, she dealt with all the principal actors. "I would take them through their day, greet them in the morning, get them into hair and makeup, make sure they had what they needed. And I got to know Vincent very well."

When D'Onofrio opened a production company, he invited Hampson to join him as an assistant, "with the promise that I'd become a producer." Over the summer of 2008, Hampson produced a feature film which D'Onofrio directed - a "slasher/musical" called "Don't Go into the Woods."

"It's not as cheesy as most musicals tend to be," says Hampson with a chuckle. It features a band that retreats to the woods in search of inspiration for their new album. A bunch of groupies follow them, and, oh yeah, there's a maniac out there. "People go into the woods, they sing, they die."

One good thing that came out of the movie was Hampson's relationship with Sam Bisbee, who wrote all the music for the film. "Two months after finishing, Sam called to say he had his hands on the script for 'The New Tenants,' and wondered if I'd be interested in helping him produce it."

Hampson refers to it as "a little in-house family project. A very low budget. We pulled in a lot of favors." D'Onofrio agreed to play a role, and convinced another actor, Kevin Corrigan, to join the cast. By the end of 2008, production was complete.

"We had a discussion on how to get it qualified for the Oscars," said Hampson. "It had to show commercially in two theaters. There are 10 or 20 theaters throughout the U.S. that are Oscar-qualifying theaters." They found two theaters in Los Angeles that agreed to show the film. From there, it was a simple application process. "Eighty or 90 short films qualified," says Hampson. "We found out this past December that we were on a short list of 10. So we knew for a month or so that we had a 50-50 shot."

On the day the nominations were announced, Hampson watched the show in New York. "The shorts are relatively unimportant, so they didn't end up announcing them on TV, but they did put them up on the Oscar Web site. While I was watching TV, I looked at my phone and found I had 21 missed calls, so I knew we'd made it."

Hampson will be in Los Angeles for the weekend of the Oscars show, and plans to be in the audience on March 7.

For Hampson, it's all very exciting. "I don't know what will come of this. I don't know how much attention all of this will get, so we're taking it all in. We are enjoying the ride. Just in case this is it for me - my only shot at an Oscar - I am going to enjoy it."