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'BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER' BEGAN FILMING FEB. 20

 'BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER' BEGAN FILMING FEB. 20
 LOS ANGELES, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," a


Kuzui Enterprises/Sandollar Production starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry and Rutger Hauer, began filming Feb. 20, it was announced today by Roger Birnbaum, president, worldwide production and executive vice president, Twentieth Century Fox. Fran Rubel Kuzui directs the film, with Kaz Kuzui and Howard Rosenman producing. Sandy Gallin and Carol Baum are the executive producers. The screenplay is by Joss Whedon. The film is being distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox.
 "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" is a comedy-horror film about a popular high-school cheerleader who finds that she's the latest in a long line of women chosen by fate to slay vampires -- which puts a serious crimp in her shopping.
 The creative team on the film includes director of photography James Hayman and editor Camilla Toniolo, who previously collaborated with Fran Rubel Kuzui on "Tokyo Pop," production designer Larry Miller ("L.A. Story"), costume designer Marie France ("Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey") and leading stunt coordinator and second unit director Terry Leonard, whose credits include Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" trilogy.
 Swanson, who plays the title role, recently appeared in the Twentieth Century Fox hit "Hot Shots!" Her other film credits include "Ferris Beuller's Day Off," "Pretty in Pink," "Deadly Friend," "Flowers in the Attic," "Highway to Hell" and "Mannequin Two: On the Move."
 Sutherland recently played the key role of Col. X in Oliver Stone's "JFK." His other film credits "M-A-S-H," "Klute," "Steelyard Blues," "Don't Look Back," "The Day of the Locust," "1900," "Animal House," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "The Great Train Robbery," "Ordinary People," "Eye of the Needle," "A Dry White Season" and "Backdraft."
 "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" marks the first feature film for Perry since his phenomenal success on television's "Beverly Hills, 90210." Ohio native Perry previously starred in the daytime dramas "Loving" and "Another World." He has also appeared in the features "Scorchers" and "Terminal Bliss."
 Born and raised in Holland, international star Hauer has become a powerful and often malicious presence in such films as "Turkish Delight," "Soldier of Orange," "Spetters," "Nighthawks," "Blade Runner," "Ladyhawke," "Flesh and Blood," "The Hitcher" and "The Blood of Heroes."
 Fran Rubel Kuzui made her directorial debut with "Tokyo Pop," starring Carrie Hamilton as a punk rocker looking for stardom in Japan and Yutaka Tadokoro as a local rocker with whom she becomes personally and professionally involved. "Tokyo Pop," which was produced by Kaz Kuzui, was among the first American independent films to be financed in Japan. A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was widely acclaimed in its U.S. release.
 "Tokyo Pop" marked the entry into production of Kuzui Enterprises, one of the largest independent motion distribution companies in Japan, with offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Formed in 1985 by Kaz Kuzui and Fran Rubel Kuzui, Kuzui Enterprises has distributed such films as "Ghostbusters," "Stop Making Sense," "Wild at Heart," "Bagdad Cafe," "She's Gotta Have It," and "Barton Fink." The company has a number of projects in development, including Gaby Wilson's romantic comedy, "My Yesterdays Are Your Tomorrows," in association with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Productions.
 Sandollar Productions is a Los Angles-based film and television production company formed in 1985 by Gallin and Dolly Parton. The company currently has "Father of the Bride," starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short, which after 11 weeks in release has grossed more than $80 million, and "Shining Through," starring Melanie Griffith, also for Fox. Sandollar also produced the television films "Smoky Mountain Christmas" with Parton and "Tidy Endings," based on Harvey Fierstein's play "Safe Sex," as well as the Oscar-winning documentary "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt," which also won the prestigious Peabody Award. With 25 films in development, Sandollar just finished shooting Sidney Lumet's "Close to Eden," starring Griffith, which is scheduled to be released Sept. 4, 1992.
 Twentieth Century Fox is primarily engaged in the financing, development, production, distribution and marketing of motion pictures throughout the world and is a unit of Fox Inc.
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