Back Bay’s Brightest Star
Christy Scott Cashman has starring roles on and off camera in this month’s The Love Guide.
June 19, 2012
Back Bay resident Christy Scott Cashman knows her way around a film set. Not only is she a founding partner of Boston's Saint Aire productions, Cashman has also written three feature-length film scripts, acted in more than 20 feature films, and executive produced 2010’s Oscar-nominated The Kids are All Right. With a busy schedule and new projects always looming, Cashman still makes time to support charities close to her heart, such as the American Red Cross and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, among others. This spring, Cashman was awarded Woman of the Year award by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and set the record for most money raised in Massachusetts. We talked to the Jill of all trades about her lead role in this month’s The Love Guide, a screenplay she penned that premieres in Boston today.
The Love Guide is about a woman who agrees to be on reality TV to try and save her chicken farm. What inspired the story?
CHRISTY SCOTT CASHMAN: It was from raising chickens with my kids; and my dad had chickens when I was growing up in Brevard, North Carolina.
Parker Posey plays the role of Angelica Lovecraft—the kooky lifestyle guru behind the reality show—to perfection. Did you write the part specifically for her?
CSC: No, but Parker totally made Angelica her own!
You’ve pledged 100 percent of the film’s premiere proceeds to Friends of Boston’s Homeless and The Farm at Boston’s Long Island Shelter. What made you choose those two organizations?
CSC: There isn’t a better fit for this film. I love John Rosenthal [founder and president of Friends of Boston’s Homeless] and I think very highly of him and Friends of Boston’s Homeless. The agricultural program at the Long Island Shelter is such a fantastic idea. Give a man an egg and you have fed him for the day, teach him to farm and you have fed him for life!
Now that the film is out, what are your plans for summer?
CSC: Relaxing on Strong Island with my kids and chickens and reading a lot!