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Re-Pete Performance

Checking in with ''Project Greenlight'''s first winner -- After surviving his experience on HBO's making-of-the-movie docuseries, Pete Jones is now working on an indie comedy

Matt Damon, Pete Jones, ... | 'RILEY' UP Jones (lower right), with ''Project Greenlight'' honchos Ben Affleck, Chris Moore, and Matt Damon, starts shooting ''Doubting Riley'' in August
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'RILEY' UP Jones (lower right), with ''Project Greenlight'' honchos Ben Affleck, Chris Moore, and Matt Damon, starts shooting ''Doubting Riley'' in August

There is life after ''Project Greenlight,'' and ''Stolen Summer'' writer-director Pete Jones is living proof. Actually, he's filming proof: The harried auteur of the HBO talent search's first season is hard at work on an $800,000 indie comedy called ''Doubting Riley,'' about a straight-acting gay Chicagoan whose dubious sibs won't believe that he bats for the other team. ''I hope it's a comedy,'' Jones says meekly. Aiming for an Oct. 3 Sundance submission deadline, he'll begin shooting Aug. 18 with a cast of Windy City locals -- except for two name actors he's wooing for the lead roles (and declines to identify). Jones turned down some attractive offers for behind-the-scenes coverage of ''Riley.'' ''I loved my 'Greenlight' experience, but this time I'd like to make a film without anybody watching. I imagine that doesn't seem too crazy.''

Originally posted Jul 09, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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