Based on a true story, Tickets To Van Morrison is a feature film about two entirely different people brought together by their sufficiently shortened mortality. Tom, who is an Insurance Customer Care officer, and Beth, who is a free spirited garbage artist, decide to spend their remaining days together, even though they live totally different lives. At the heart of the story was an encounter director Joel Devereux had experienced almost a decade ago when he crossed paths with a young couple who were madly in love. Unlike most young couples who eagerly and excitedly look towards the future and the promise it brings, this young couple had resigned themselves to their fate. They were both diagnosed with a terminal illness, which would inevitably cut short their lives and their love.
Inspired by true events, Tickets to Van Morrison gives voice to the subject of terminal illness in young people and has already had an enormous impact the world over as people share with us their own stories and experiences. The story itself resonates very deeply with anyone who has been affected by the premature loss of a loved one.
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Synopsis: Cartoon College documents a group of students at one of the most selective and grueling art schools in America: The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Founded in 2005, CCS is the country’s top institution of higher learning for up-and-coming graphic novelists. Each fall the school invites twenty aspiring cartoonists to study an all-encompassing, do-it-yourself approach to making comics. These lucky few spend two years learning all the skills needed to become a successful comics creator. Those who complete the program earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, and are ready to face the hardships and uncertainty of a career in one of the world’s most labor-intensive, drudgery-inducing art forms.
Cartoon College features a gifted and ambitious cast of aspiring cartoonists, characters in the mode of Spellbound, as well as appearances by some of the biggest names in cartooning—Chris Ware, Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, among many others.
Since production began in 2007 filmmakers Josh Melrod and Tara Wray have chronicled the lives of a dozen aspiring cartoonists, documenting their successes and failures, observing their creative processes, watching them slave over their drawing boards, following them to their day jobs, seeing them ply their trade at conventions, visiting their homes, meeting their families, and discovering the passion and fortitude required when a person chooses comics over all else.
Hello my friends!
Were you a fan of The Sopranos or Goodfellas? I recently found myself meeting a few people that were the real deal – one of NY’s biggest former mob drug dealers in the 60s/70s and one of the most notorious hit men in mafia history (accused of killing over 35 people).
I’m producing a film about this incredibly inspiring man named Allan Haber. He was a former heroin addict and drug dealer for the mob, spent 15 years in unbelievably horrific prisons on 3 felon counts but then turned his life around to become the only felon in the U.S. to serve as a Capital Crimes Defense Attorney. His friend, Joseph “Mad Dog” Sullivan (the hit man), is an important part of the story.
It’s a chilling, yet inspiring tale.
The buzz is about to explode with major Hollywood players currently reading the script. Please help me by supporting this film:
A contribution to our campaign – no matter how small – will help tremendously.
There are some incredible opportunities to meet these people yourself, as well as receive copies of the film and signed photos/paraphernalia etc, for your support.
I really appreciate it…
Lauren Hirsch (Williams)
Synopsis: Billy Mize’s contributions to country western music helped shape the industry. His charm and golden voice are legendary among country music’s elite as is his passion for music. He was one of the founding members of the Bakersfield Sound, whose most famous musicians include Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. But this story isn’t about the struggle for fame; it’s about the struggle for family. This film is an intimate portrait of a life that soared into dreams only to collapse into nightmare. Billy, the Most Promising Male Vocalist of 1966, lost his voice to a stroke after losing his family to a series of horrible tragedies. The film will follow Billy as he fights to regain his ability to sing. At the conclusion of this film, during a celebration for Billy’s eightieth birthday, he will take the stage for the first time in twenty years, pull the microphone close, and sing.
William J Saunders received his MFA in directing from Columbia University, where his thesis film, Dash Cunning, won awards in film festivals around the world. Saunders cut his teeth at NFL Films where he directed and produced documentary content for broadcast and cable networks such as HBO, FOX, ABC, NFL Network and the BBC. Big Charile’s, a documentary Saunders produced and directed about a Chiefs bar in the heart of South Philadelphia, won an EMMY Award in the Outstanding Long Feature category. In 2011, Film Works Entertainment distributed his first narrative feature film Sweet Little Lies, about a young girl’s quest to find her father. His documentary Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound, was recently selected by Film Independent to participate in their 2012 documentary fellowship program. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Bunji.
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