Cherokee in hunt for indie eyeballs


Corbin Bernsen has formed Team Cherokee Prods. to make independent films for targeted audiences.

First up for Cherokee will be the feature film "Rust," a co-production in association with Kipling Film Prods. and Mission Pictures. Bernsen wrote the faith-based feature and will direct and star as well.

Production is set to begin next month in Kipling, Saskatchewan. The rural farming community of about 1,100 also put up most of the financing.

Meanwhile, Bernsen has brokered a deal with Electric Light Films to re-release the film "Carpool Guy," starring Anthony Geary, Rick Hearst, Jeanne Cooper and Bernsen, who directed and co-wrote that film as well.

Most recently, Bernsen directed and starred in the film noir thriller "Donna on Demand" with "L.A. Law" co-star Susan Ruttan. The film premiered at the Temecula Film Festival in October and will be released this year.

The company just completed postproduction on the horror film "Dead Air," which Bernsen helmed. It stars horror veterans Bill Moseley and Pat Tallman.

Both will be released as Cherokee productions.

Bernsen will continue to be involved with Publicmediaworks, his previous company that has a digital media focus. (partialdiff)