FILMS IN DEVELOPMENT
Pushing Life (Drama-True Story): Inspired by the 10-time award winning documentary MY RUN and the life story of Terry Hitchcock. After losing his wife SUE to breast cancer and struggling to raise three kids, Terry Hitchcock felt compelled to make a difference. He seized on an idea: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 days to raise awareness for breast cancer research, honor Sue and to show the world that impossible is possible as long as you don’t give up. He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of chest pains and bone fractures that racked his 57-year-old body. He just kept running - each day, every day, inspiring the lives he met along the way -- not stopping until he broke his finish line before the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. "Pushing Life" is more than a film about a man running multiple marathons. It’s about the daily marathons and obstacles we all face in life. At its core, this is a love story between husband and wife and father and son.
For Allison (Drama): – 2x Oscar nominated director, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) is on to direct. A reclusive award winning author (BEN) grinding through a tragedy driven drought, emerges from his perpetual state of darkness after a chance encounter with the spirited, feisty, Latino single mom, (ESME) and her wise-beyond-her years daughter (PALOMA). Years after moving to the Arizona desert, author Ben Wilson is still haunted by the loss of his daughter (ALLISON), estrangement of his son (ED) and the inability to write. A chance meeting with the manager of the town laundromat Esme, who comes over the border for work each day, will change Ben forever. Esme knows who he is – has read his books – and she has some spunk and takes no bull. From the first visit, she’s under Ben’s skin. Eventually, Ben meets Esme’s daughter Paloma, who may be even more of a match for Ben than her mom. As much as Ben tries to maintain a wall, he’s losing the battle. Esme and Paloma slowly tear down Ben’s gruff exterior. He will emerge long enough to write again, feel again, and finally have the longing peace from his haunted past; and in return, a surprise gift to Esme and Paloma will change their lives.
Blood and Thunder (Crime Thriller): VIC is a good detective completely at ease walking an ethical tightrope to get the bad guys. He's ready to retire for a better life with his girlfriend LUPE and to finally make peace with his troubled past. His best friend and partner ABEL has one more "job" to do that will set Vic up to retire with financial freedom. In a robbery drenched in blood and bullets, Vic and Able come out on top but, shortly after the heist, Vic's mission is derailed when Abel is murdered. Vic joins forces with AMANDA, a tough female detective to track down Abel's killer. As the investigation progresses, Vic's past rears its head and his morally and erratic behavior clashes with Amanda's steadfast pursuit of the truth. Piece by piece, an elaborate tapestry of deception unravels as the narrative charges toward a climax of reckoning and redemption.
In the vein and tone of "Training Day" where streets permeate with blood and thunder, can our anti-hero find peace ... or in the playground of drug pushers, snitches, and junkies -- is his fate already predestined?
Charlotte Sometimes (Drama): CHARLOTTE (60′s) hadn’t worked in Hollywood in a long time. A star actor yet, deemed “difficult,” who liked a drink or two. She didn’t help herself by hooking up with SAM EDWARDS (60), unreliable, with an aversion to settle down. Their adventures led them outside of Hollywood, and eventually from each other. Charlotte moved to South Dakota and became caretaker to Sam’s dad, SENIOR (80′s). Sam would come and go in Charlotte and Senior’s lives over the years but, never sticking around too long. An out of the blue call from Hollywood gives Charlotte a shot back “in” with “the” role. Between her long time friend/agent and Senior, she’s becoming convinced to take the role. No sooner does she commit emotionally than Sam shows up, again. This time perhaps to settle down? Knowing it’s her last shot, with Senior urging her to not pass this up, Sam on the other hand telling her don’t do this, no one wants to see you again on screen. With emotions ratcheted up and their thirty year history on the line–Charlotte will face off with Sam one last time.
Poker Face (Dramatic Thriller): JAKE has had some tough years, once a promising photo-journalist; he battled the bottle which sent him spiraling downward. Now clean JAKE has found his passion, Poker. He’s good, known on the Vegas strip as the best. JAKE’s past has given him a unique skill: a completely emotionless, reaction-less, poker face. One day walking out of a casino JAKE is hit by a car and wakes up in the hospital with a scream--he’s blind. It’s not long after a complex game of cat and mouse ensues. NATALIE, a sexy insurance investigator, CAL, a brutal crooked detective hiding a murder, and a blind poker player who has "seen" it all are thrust into a high stakes game of manipulation. Set in Sin City, where nothing is as it appears; Poker Face is a taut, clever dramatic thriller that ramps up the suspense unraveling its narrative twists to deliver a compelling emotional tale of redemption at its core.
White Chocolate (Coming of age/Sport): Karate Kid set in the backdrop of Chinese Street-basketball. A heart-felt, coming-of-age story about American teen, David Cowens (17) whose sheltered world comes crashing down when his family moves from their Connecticut home to a neighborhood in Beijing. Culture shock is the least of his worries when, upon arrival, he becomes the target for the local teen tough kid, Meng (18), until Ju (17), an angelic hopeful Chinese ballerina, and a former street-ball legend An-Bao (30), teach him the ropes of survival and confidence. His budding infatuation with Ju, his first love, leads him on a heroic journey of self-discovery and courage that culminates when he faces off against Ju’s over protective brother Long (25), the reigning street basketball king, for his street ball crown … and her heart.
It Ain’t New Yawk (Comedy): Inspired by award winning writer Michael Arturo's play. A funny, fish-out-of-water story about five transplants from New York trying to adapt to the ways of the west coast. Film reveals the universality of ambition, love and friendship in, at times, the self-absorbed, roller-blading, spin-cycling, lipo-suctioning, silicon-implanting, decafe - latte'ing, almond milk'ing world of Hollywood. “New Yawk” is as funny as it is poignant with its universal themes woven throughout the story narrative. The screenplay blends endearing characters, unique voices, spoken with that New York staccato dialogue, reminiscent of Woody Allen and David Mamet.
Deserter (Action Thriller): JOE, army Afghanistan vet now back home trying to figure out what his plans are; he gets into the work he does best — kill bad people. KIRSTEN, sexy waitress, head over heels for Joe, deep down she knows he won’t have her—due to circumstance. AMY a military wife, is told her husband has gone missing overseas and here at home she’s faced with the ongoing mortgage crisis and a house in foreclosure. Amy turns to the town’s local recruiter CAPTAIN GRANT for help and some answers on what happened to her husband and why his military pay has stopped coming. Two parallel story-lines begin to unfold; piece by piece the elaborate puzzle starts to unravel– charging forward to its shocking conclusion. This is NOT your typical war vet returning home movie. DESERTER is a relevant, topical and commercially entertaining film with a nice twist.