Podtalk: Director/Lead Actor Chris Roberti of ‘Same Boat,’ Releasing on VOD April 7, 2020

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CHICAGO – Time travel “what ifs” and cruise ships has never been so close to our current reality, and it’s present in the unique film “Same Boat,” directed by Chris Roberti and co-written by Roberti with Josh Itzkowitz. The VOD release for the film is Tuesday, April 7th.

The very funny, warm and philosophical film presupposes a future in which time traveler assassins come back to save their world – which has been devastated through bad decisions in the past – by killing the people who will affect that devastation. James (Roberti, also the lead actor) and his “intern” Mot (Julie Schonberg) are assigned the hit on Lilly (Tonya Glanz), who is vacationing on a cruise ship, but complications arise when James begins to have feelings for the target. The whip-sharp comedy is full of authentic laughs derived from the plot and situations, plus the always weird vibe of a cruise ship. Roberti and Itzkowitz have fashioned a true romantic farce without the stickiness that often brings them down.

The Traveler: Actor/Director Chris Roberti in ‘Same Boat’
Photo credit: Dark Star Pictures

Chris Roberti has been an actor, director and producer for over a decade, and is known for his role on the HBO series “High Maintenance’ (2016-present) as Chad. He has written and directed short films and TV series, with “Same Boat” his feature film directorial debut. The film was shot on a cruise ship unbeknownst to the crew and passengers, for an added layer of technical achievement.

In Part One of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Chris Roberti of “Same Boat” reflects on the cruise ship metaphor, and his theories on temporal paradoxes.

In Part Two, Roberti describes the mechanics of secretly shooting a film on a cruise ship and the philosophies of the film in relationship to our current times.

CLICK HERE for an interview with co-writer and producer Josh Itzkowitz of “Same Boat” with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

”Same Boat” is available through Video-On-Demand starting April 7th, 2020. See VOD platforms for availability. Featuring Chris Roberti, Tonya Glanz, Evan Kaufman, Julia Schonberg and Jeff Seal. Written by Chris Roberti and Josh Itzkowitz. Directed by Chris Roberti. Not Rated.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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