A MOVIE PREMIERE, LIMOUSINES, RED CARPET, MY PRODUCING PARTNER, EGYPT AND… JESUS.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to attend my third movie premiere.
There I was dressed in my Italian designer suit, lovely woman in arm surrounded by dazzling lights, flashing bulbs, stretch limos, powerful yet well-meaning individuals from all walks of the film industry and... Jesus. Yes, that's right Jesus.
It never ceases to amaze me how the law of attraction works. In the meantime… back to Jesus.
One of the producing partners for my movie projects is Ron Sirota. I can't give enough praise with reference to how instrumental Ron has been in bringing my dreams closer to fruition and he continues to do so. He's believed in me for the last ten years and together, with the help of executive producer Brian Beaton, created our company Strategic Films LLC.
Ron is the epitome of positive thinking. He is unfamiliar with negative energy and the words “can’t” “impossible” and “no” are not in his vocabulary. Because of this he was promptly added to my team and in doing so I made one of my greatest investments.
Through Ron, we proficiently funded the preproduction on my first movie project (which incidentally is still on the back burner) called Frankie Met a Movie Star. In doing so, the following took place:
Katherine Helmond from “Who’s the Boss?” fame loved the script so much she signed on to play my aunt. Connie Nielsen was to play my leading lady and through the very talented up-and-coming director Michael Soccio, I found myself at the movie premiere of Men in Black.
There I was gliding onto the red carpet waving at fans that enthusiastically waved back screaming and scrambling for my autograph even though they had no clue as to who I was. Such is Hollywood. A place where selling the sizzle is emphatically more significant then selling the steak. Apparently, I was sizzling like a 10 ounce steak on a barbecue grill. Actors are after all, referred to as pieces of meat.
Reporters were clamoring to get a hold of me. Microphones all began to magically lean towards my direction as though I was about to say something really poignant. I was more intrigued by the psychology of my new found surroundings than anything else.
Eventually, I had the pleasure of meeting Will Smith and his family and the opportunity to discuss my movie with Barry Sonnenfeld. Anyway, that's not the crux of the story.
What is the core of the story is that Ron believed in me and because I went with my gut instinct instead of listening to what everybody else was telling me, I ended up closer to my dreams by manifesting all of this in Syracuse, New York than I ever did when I was living in LA or New York.
Back to Jesus...
I had the privilege to also meet New York Times bestseller author Paul Perry who wrote Jesus in Egypt. It’s an archaeological account concerning the first five years in the life of Jesus. He traces the holy family's difficult plight from King Herod and the adversity they encountered for the next five years. Paul's dream was to turn this into a docudrama.
Through the powers that be, Paul met Ron who was intrigued by the project and decided to take it on. Through assiduousness and determination, the project eventually came to fruition. It was a monumental task to face but as I mentioned, Ron was, as he always is, oblivious to impossibility.
Eventually, through blood, sweat and tears the docudrama became a reality and then sold to a distribution company. Ron raised a significant amount of finance in order for this to happen. The final packaged project is called Jesus -- The Lost Years.
The premiere took place last Monday night and this is where yours truly was dwelling happily and confidently dipping into the tray of crab cakes that came around many times. It was amazing to be introduced to some very influential heavy hitters who I found to be well natured, generous when it comes to giving back to society and have a wonderful sense of integrity.
Here’s where it gets interesting. It appears that many studios in Hollywood crave to turn this docudrama into a major motion picture. I guess after the success of The Passion they realized one very important aspect about getting in touch with your spirituality and God... it apparently makes a lot of money at the box office.
After consuming what seemed like my 27th massive shrimp... these looked like bodybuilders of the sea... in cocktail sauce and swapping an insurmountable number of business cards, we eventually sat at a table with one of my future investors and the producing partners who will be involved with the All My Friends Are Getting Married as well as the Jesus movie.
As usual with things like this, I have to be somewhat enigmatic or secretive if you will. I will say however, that at this stage it appears as though there is serious talk about me being involved both behind and in front of the camera when this eventually goes through.
There's also the possibility of a trip to Egypt. Do they have comedy clubs over there? Maybe I could do a gig or two. ;-).
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the pyramids...
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
A friend recently told me that a large portion of Americans believe that July 4 is when we celebrate fireworks. I'm not kidding... this is what the poll showed. That’s ridiculous. Everyone knows that it's really about the celebration and appreciation regarding the invention of the barbecue.