Chapman Filmed Entertainment, the first-of-its kind film production company run through Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, announces lead cast members for the company’s debut thriller Trigger.

Orange, CA – March 14, 2013 – Chapman Filmed Entertainment, the first-of-its kind film production company run through Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, announced today that Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, The Bourne Ultimatum, Training Day), Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento, Groundhog Day, Buried) and Chris Coy (Random, Greenberg, Hostel: Part III) will star in the company’s debut thriller Trigger. The announcement was made by Bob Bassett, Chapman Filmed Entertainment CEO and Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

A suspenseful, character-driven thriller with a twist, Trigger examines two men fixated on what triggers the enormity of evil: a father whose life is destroyed in pursuit of a monster, a son caught in a deadly charade as he tries to unravel his father’s obsession.

The film is being directed by Chapman alumnus Basel Owies from a script by Max Enscoe.

Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s Travis Knox (The Bucket List) is producing Trigger. Bob Yari and William Immerman are executive producers. Principal photography is scheduled to begin this month in California.

Chapman Filmed Entertainment is a sustainable, fully-functioning independent film production company designed to produce four to six pictures per year in the micro-budget range (budgets in the $250,000 – $1.5M range). Utilizing Chapman University’s unique film resources, the company is at the forefront of the emerging trend of micro-budgeted films in the independent film arena.

Scott Glenn is best known for his memorable roles in critically acclaimed and blockbuster films such as The Silence of the Lambs opposite Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, The Bourne Ultimatum alongside Matt Damon, Training Day with Denzel Washington, The Bourne Legacy opposite Jeremy Renner, Freedom Writers alongside Hilary Swank, Silverado with Kevin Kline, The Hunt for Red October opposite Sean Connery, Backdraft with Robert De Niro and Kurt Russell, and The Right Stuff.

Stephen Tobolowsky is known for his role in the hit comedy Groundhog Day as well as for portraying Commissioner Hugo Jarry in the TV series Deadwood and as Bob Bishop in Heroes. Additional credits include roles in The Philadelphia Experiment, Nobody’s Fool, Spaceballs, Mississippi Burning, Bird on a Wire, Basic Instinct, Radioland Murders, Murder in the First, Mr. Magoo, The Inside, Memento, Freaky Friday, Garfield  and Wild Hogs. He’s appeared on a diverse range of TV shows including Seinfeld, Mad About You, Chicago Hope, The Practice and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has had recurring roles on CSI: Miami, Deadwood, Heroes, Californication and Glee.

Chris Coy has starred in a wide range of film and television shows, including recurring roles on the hit HBO series, True Blood and FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

Coy will soon be seen in the Weinstein Company’s thriller Random starring opposite Ashley Greene.  He recently wrapped production on the final season of the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme. Previous to his role on Treme, Coy was a lead in the 2012 Sundance darling Little Birds opposite Juno Temple and Leslie Mann.  His other film credits include Greenberg and Hostel: Part III.

Travis Knox, the former senior vice president of Storyline, handles all development and production for Chapman Filmed Entertainment while Barbara Doyle, a former production associate with Tri-Star, is executive in charge of physical production.

About Chapman Filmed Entertainment:

Current constraints of the traditional economic models of independent filmmaking, combined with enhanced and increasingly accessible technology, make Chapman Filmed Entertainment the answer for a new era of filmmakers and storytellers.

Chapman Filmed Entertainment will produce a slate of independent films while creating a new paradigm that will not only significantly increase the exposure of Chapman University but also enable the company to control content at a time when multi-picture deals for independent films are limited yet emerging distribution technologies are becoming increasingly viable.

Employing a unique hybrid of Dodge College post-graduates and a select group of established industry professionals, the productions are designed to keep costs low while maintaining high creative standards and serve as a means of building a bridge into the industry for talented Dodge College students and alumni.

About Chapman University:

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university now excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:

One of the premier film schools in the country, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers students the unique opportunity to learn filmmaking in a hands-on environment modeled on a working studio.  The college is comprised of the Sodaro-Pankey Undergraduate School of Film and Media Arts, offering degrees in film production, film studies, screenwriting, creative producingtelevision and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising, screen acting and digital arts; and the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, offering M.F.A. degrees in film production, film and television producing, production design, and screenwriting, and an M.A. in film studies. Two joint M.F.A. degrees in producing are also offered in conjunction with the business (M.F.A./M.B.A.) and law (M.F.A./J.D.) schools. Dodge College is housed in Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot studio and classroom building that provides students with 24-hour access to sound stages, edit bays, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage and more.  With an Oscar and Emmy-award winning full-time faculty that boasts more feature film credits than any other film school, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.