Director Brian McNelis is working on a new movie called East of Sunset, a music-driven project created to showcase the early songs of Waits' career. The soundtrack will consist entirely of covers of songs written by Waits in his early years from 1973 through 1983. Among the artists who have covered Waits songs are Tindersticks, Lydia Lunch, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Pete Shelley, Alex Chilton, The Wedding Present, Dave Alvin, and Drugstore, as well as on-camera performances, songs and adapted score elements by Francisco slo-core band The Caseworker.
The drama stars Emily Stiles as a pill-addicted twentysomething who falls for a recreational heroin user, while dealing with her own issues. The project is scheduled for a DVD release Fall 2004 and will be screened at selected festivals.