June 17th, 2010   Cinema Verite No Comments

The LA Times have posted a great article with more information on Thomas’s role in Cinema Verite today.

Thomas Dekker to play Lance Loud, the original reality TV kid | Show Tracker | Los Angeles Times.

Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) has signed on to HBO Films’ “Cinema Verite,” a behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 documentary “An American Family,” considered to be the first reality show. Dekker, who will play Lance Loud, joins Tim Robbins, Diane Lane and James Gandolfini. Robbins and Lane will play his parents, Bill and Pat Loud, while Gandolfini has the role of “American Family” producer Craig Gilbert.
In 1971, Gilbert and his crew shot more than 300 hours of 16mm color film of Santa Barbara couple Bill and Pat Loud and their five children. After over a year of editing, the 12-hour documentary series aired on PBS in 1973. It didn’t portray a happy “Leave It To Beaver” or even “Brady Bunch”-esque family, but rather intense family drama in changing times. Bill and Pat struggled with marital problems, and Pat asked Bill for a divorce in a later episode. (The two divorced in 1972.)

Lance, 20 at the time of filming, was openly gay, and the series depicted his life in New York City. As the first out character on television, he created national controversy and became something of a gay icon.

Following the show’s airing, Lance returned to New York, where we was befriended by Andy Warhol and played in a punk band. He later moved to Los Angeles and worked as a journalist. For decades, he struggled with a drug problem and the hollowness of the fame that was foisted upon him at such a formative age. In 2001, at the age of 50, Lance died from liver failure, brought on by a coinfection of HIV and hepatitis C. A few months before his death, Lance asked two of the series’ original filmmakers, Alan and Susan Raymond, to film a final episode of his family’s story. The entire Loud family, save for one brother, agreed to participate in “Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family.”

Lance’s story, and his struggle to deal with his notoriety and exposure, makes one wonder what will become of this generation’s reality babies.  In the meantime, Lance Loud should definitely make a meaty role for Dekker. Production is expected to begin this summer, and Dekker’s representatives say he is “thrilled.”

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Current Projects
Backstrom
Thomas as Gregory Valentine
Quirky crime drama featuring Thomas as a former gay prostitute and Backstrom's connection to the criminal world.
Genre: Drama | TV Series
Airdate: January 22 / FOX
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Fear Clinic
Thomas as Blake

Thomas plays a damaged young man checking into the Fear Clinic.
Genre: Horror | Movie
Airdate: DVD Release in March
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Enter The Dangerous Mind
Thomas as Jake

Thriller about a mentally ill musician.
Genre: Thriller | Film
Airdate: Unknown
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The White City
Thomas as Kyle

Moving story about a pair of troubled young artists in Israel.
Genre: Drama | Film
Airdate: Unknown
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My Eleventh
Thomas as

Thriller about a kidnapping.
Genre: Thriller | Film
Airdate: Unknown
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JacobJosephAimee
Thomas as Jacob

The story of a love triangle between Jacob, Josef and Aimee.
Genre: Drama | Film
Airdate: 2015
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The Potters
Thomas as Asher Potter

Animated story of a girl seeking memories of a forgotten life.
Genre: Animation | Film
Airdate: 2015
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Into the Night
Thomas has produced a brand new electronic album, new for 2018.
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Zero Times Zero
Thomas's brand new musical venture is the art collective 0X0.
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Plush
Thomas has 2 songs featured on the Official soundtrack for Plush, which he co-wrote. "Half of Me (Enzo Remix)" and my personal obsession, "Ultraviolet".

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Psyanotic
Thomas's eccentric but inspired debut album Psyanotic.
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