'Paper Man' opening LAFF

Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Ryan Reynolds star

Michele and Kieran Mulroney's "Paper Man" has been selected to serve as the opening night film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicks off June 18 at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood.

A genuine indie -- the film hasn't yet been picked up for distribution -- "Paper" stars Jeff Daniels has a middle-aged writer, dealing with both the demands of his wife (Lisa Kudrow) and an imaginary superhero (Ryan Reynolds), who strikes up a friendship with a teenager played by Emma Stone.

A husband-and-wife team, the Mulroneys wrote the feature, which marks their directorial debut. Their other writing projects include Warner Bros.' "Justice League."

The project was produced by Richard Gladstein through his FilmColony, Guymon Casady through his Film 360 (the film production division of Management 360), and Art Spigel and Ara Katz through their Artfire Films, who also fully financed the production. Exec producers include Dan Fireman from Artfire and Fireman Capital Partners, and Darin Friedman from Film 360.

"We wanted to find an independent gem to launch the Los Angeles Film Festival, and we got our wish with the world premiere of this tender, funny, original film from two vibrant new directing talents, Michele and Kieran Mulroney," fest director Rebecca Yeldham said.

Film Independent's LAFF runs from June 18 - 28 in Westwood and other venues around Los Angeles.