There has been a lot of buzz about the demise of soap operas, but a new documentary just might bring the sad reality into the same world as Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg and other big time Hollywood names! Called Soap Life, the docu-film is about the changes taking place in the world of daytime television, and with over 70 interviews featuring fans, stars, producers, directors, writers, bloggers and fan club leaders, it could show the world what’s really happening in daytime.
“The wife of our executive producer, John Grossman, who owns the production company NYPS, is a big fan of GENERAL HOSPITAL, and her whole thing was, ‘You have the ability, so let’s do something to save the soaps,'” explains producer Matthew D’Amato of how it all began. “We started doing research, and we sat down with a few actors, producers and directors, and said, ‘Is this is a good idea? Could this work? Should we pursue it?’ And we looked it up online and didn’t see anything like this, so we thought it would be important to get started.”
And the main goal of the film, D’Amato explains, is to generate enough buzz about the possible end of soaps to possibly prevent it from happening. “Hopefully this will get enough attention to help the genre, because we don’t want to see it fade away,” he says, adding that it’s tentatively scheduled for a June 2012 release date at film festivals and possibly on networks such as Showtime. “We do want to see it at festivals, and we do want to see it on networks [so] people who aren’t soap fans can watch the film and kind of relate to it, hear the stories and maybe want to pick them up or maybe do something about the genre. We have contacts we can send it to in order to get it out there, so hopefully it will get bigger and bigger!”