The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - June 17, 1999

'Directed By' Masterson: tale of computer life
Written by Zorianna Kit

Mary Stuart Masterson is gearing up for her directorial debut in "Directed By," the ongoing series of short films by nondirecting actors for the Showtime Network and Chanticleer Films.

The actress rounds out a trilogy of sci-fi shorts that also includes the directorial debuts of Anne Heche and Helen Mirren.

A fall start date is being planned for Masterson to direct Bruce Rogers' short story "Lifeboat on a Burning Sea," which she will also adapt to the screen. The story follows two scientists who place a human personality into a computer. The story, whose title will likely change for the screen, explores the idea that computers can be human and ultimately replace mankind. No cast has been set.

Chanticleer's Jana Sue Memel will produce the project, which does not yet have an air date on Showtime.

Masterson, repped by CAA and David Lewis at Tudor Management, stars next in the indie feature "The Book of Stars" opposite Jena Malone. Other credits include "Bed of Roses," "Benny and Joon," "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Some Kind of Wonderful."

The "Directed By" series has given a dozen actors their directorial debuts, including Christine Lahti, who won a best short film Oscar with Memel for "Lieberman in Love."

Chanticleer continues to develop the series, with mystery-themed shorts being planned as the next topic for nondirecting actors to tackle.