a feature film
WORLD PREMIERE - Dances with Films
June 24, 2023 6:30 pm
TCL Chinese Theatres, Hollywood, CA
A passionate pilot is challenged by her grandmother to live life on her own terms, but finds herself at a crossroads when that could mean revealing her grandmother's long-buried secrets.
a feature film
"Everyone has oceans to fly if they have the heart to do it."
STARRING:: WENDIE MALICK, ALIXZANDRA DOVE
CAST: JULIET MILLS, MAXWELL CAULFIELD, SAM MCMURRAY, RAY ABRUZZO
DIRECTED BY: AMY GLAZER
WRITTEN BY: COLETTE FREEDMAN
83 MINUTES * 5.1 * USA * ENGLISH
There's more to life than being a passenger.
Jo Standish, 27, helps run a small private airline company in Los Angeles, 1977, with her fiance, Richard. Jo's first love is aviation and she is an accomplished pilot, but struggles to find the opportunities she desires. Their business faces its own problems as Richard's father threatens to pull his investment and close their hangar. When her beloved grandfather Bert dies, she puts everything on hold and races back home to Molokai, Hawaii to support her grandmother, Meli, who raised her.
Once home, Jo discovers Meli has Lewy body dementia. Surrounded by her dynamic village of authors, artists, musicians and friends, Meli is happy and comfortable; but as her seemingly long-hidden memories begin to surface, Jo suspects there are family secrets still unknown to her and possibly a mysterious connection to the world's most famous aviatrix. Caught between all this could mean for her and her fiance's flying business and protecting the privacy of those she loves, Jo must make a difficult decision regarding this newfound revelation.
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WENDIE MALICK - Meli Standish / Producer
Wendie Malick has graced our screens with an illustrious film
and television career. She received 4 Cable Ace awards for her
role in HBO’s groundbreaking comedy, “Dream On”, later
gaining prominence on the small screen as Nina Van Horn, in
“Just Shoot Me!” (1 Golden Globe, and 2 Emmy nominations).
Malick also starred in “Hot In Cleveland”, where she and her
cast mates earned a People’s Choice Award, and a SAG
Nomination for Best Ensemble.
Other series include “Frasier”, “Big Day”, Good Company” and
“Rush Hour”, as well as recurring roles on “This Is Us”, “The
Ranch”, “Pitch” “Darrow and Darrow”, and “NYPD Blue”. She’s made guest appearances on “Billions”, “Seinfeld”, “Mom”, Grace and Frankie”, “CSI”, “LA Law, The X files, and many more.
Malick appeared in the final season of “Dear White People”, and has a recurring role in “Physical”, and “Young Sheldon”. Animated TV credits include “Jimmy Neutron”, “Spongebob Squarepants”, “Bojack Horseman” (Annie nomination), the Peabody award winning show, “The Owl House”, and the new series, “Conquest”.
Big screen credits include “Endings, Beginnings”, Adventureland”, “Fifty-nothing”, “Jerome”, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, “Waiting”, “Racing Stripes”, “The American President”, “Trojan Wars”, “Raising Genius”, “Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video”, “A Little Sex”, “The Goods”, “Bugsy”, “The Emperor’s New Groove”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel”, “The Surrogate”, and the upcoming features: “Mack and Rita”, “7000 Miles”, and “Mother of All Shows”.
On the stage, Malick’s work included BURLEIGH GRIMES, and NORTH SHORE FISH. (Off -Broadway), BIG NIGHT(Kirk Douglas Theater), THE UNDERPANTS (The Geffen), DON’T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR HELEN GAHAGAN DOUGLAS (Woolly Mammoth), THE SANTALAND DIARIES (Coast Playhouse), LOVE LETTERS (Laguna Playhouse), THE GUYS (Studio Arena and Columbia University), BLITHE SPIRIT, and WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THUNDER? (Williamstown), and CLOSURE at New Jersey Rep.
Malick is on the Board of the Environmental Media Association, and the Advisory Board of Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary and advocacy group. Through their charitable gift fund, A Drop in the Bucket, she and her husband, Richard Erickson, support a medical center in Congo. They live on a ranch in the Santa Monica mountains, with 2 dogs, 3 horses, and a miniature donkey.
ALIXZANDRA DOVE - Jo Standish / Producer
Alixzandra was born and raised in sunny southern California. Starting at a very young age, she wanted to bring stories to life in unique and different ways. She began her acting training at South Coast Repertory, where she starred in the BFG, as Sophie, a role she treasures to this day. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from USC's prestigious School of Theatre, Alixzandra moved to Hawaii to combine her passions for acting and producing, while being close to her family on Oahu and Big Island.
Alixzandra founded Platinum Dove Pictures, to produce short films like Amazon’s "Lights Out", for which she won many acting awards and film accolades for her leading role. Her short films have screened in official selection at dozens of international festivals including Dances with Films,
Sunscreen Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest, Cannes Court Métrage, Carmel Film Festival, and at the Egyptian Theatre during Sundance.
Alixzandra can be seen in many tv shows and films including 2 Broke Girls, Aquarius, Unfriended, & Miles Underwater. She has dreamed of this film and of bringing the role of Jo to life for years.
JULIET MILLS as Sharon
RAY ABRUZZO as Ray
MAXWELL CAULFIELD as Bert
SAM MCMURRAY as Edward
LAIRD AKEO as Zack
DAVID SHEFTELL as Richard
LORI PELENISE TUISANO as Nalani
AMY GLAZER - Director/Producer
Amy Glazer is an award-winning theater and film director known for telling female-centered, character-driven stories for both stage and screen. Amy’s film directing debut was based on a short story by Barry Gifford, Ball Lightning (2003) and premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. Her feature films include Drifting Elegant, screenplay by Stephen Belber (2006), and Seducing Charlie Barker (2010) penned by Teresa Rebeck, which premiered at The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), and won her numerous awards including the Grand Prize Award at the Canada International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Geneva Film Festival, Best American Indie Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and Best Filmmaker Award at the Jersey Shore Film Festival. The San Francisco Chronicle called Seducing Charlie Barker, "One of the sharpest comedies of the year... everything about this movie feels right." Amy went on to co-write and direct Kepler's Dream (2016), starring Holland Taylor and Kelly Lynch, and won the Silver Award for Family Favorite at Mill Valley International Film Festival. Her next feature, The Surrogate, won Best Director and two Best Supporting Actor awards at the Los Angeles MethodFest.
Amy lives in the Oakland Hills and is a Film and Theatre Professor at San Jose State University. As a theatre director, she has received numerous awards and laudatory reviews, including the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Director and critically acclaimed world and West Coast premiere productions at the Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse (where she was the Associate Artistic Director), Eureka Theatre, TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company, and the Assembly Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
COLETTE FREEDMAN -Writer
Colette is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her plays and musicals have been produced all over the world, including Serial Killer Barbie and Sister Cities, which can be seen on Netflix (Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Stana Katic, Jess Weixler). She has co-produced and written a number of independent films including And Then There Was Eve which won The Los Angeles Film Festival (Breaking Glass Pictures), and co-produced the film award-winning comedy Quality Problems (Freestyle Digital Media). Colette is also a faculty member at NYFA, Antioch University and Studio Arts where she teaches screenwriting, playwriting and novel writing.
JHENNIFER WEBBERLEY & JEN PRINCE - Producers
Jhennifer Webberley and Jen Prince have been producing partners for ten years through their production company, Metamorfic Productions. They met in USC’s MFA film production program and have gone on to produce critically acclaimed independent feature films as well as several award-winning shorts and music videos. Their current independent feature films in distribution include:
And Then There Was Eve (Rachel Crowl, Tania Nolan, Karan Soni, Mary Holland) a provocative indie LGBTQ love story and Quality Problems (Chris Mulkey, Mo Gaffney, Jenica Bergere), a comedy
about a family dealing with breast cancer. Other projects "the Jens" are working on include: the coming-of-age feature Miles Underwater and the award-winning short screenplay, First Days. They have also recently produced two Virtual Reality shorts that gained them inclusion in an innovation Emmy nomination, which inspired them to begin creating VR narrative content and write a soon-to-be-released book.
DEBORAH GLAZIER - Producer/Line Producer
Deborah is a regional Emmy® award-winning producer/writer/director whose passion for filmmaking started as an actor. That experience was integral in developing her skills and has led to an eclectic career that has spanned two continents and includes working for Tokyo Disneyland, Landmark Entertainment and Toyota Motor Company, Japan.
She has also produced several award-winning shorts that have appeared in festivals
nationally and internationally, including the short film “Extra” winning
Best Director at the Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta and
Best Ensemble in Houston. Although Deborah has her feet permanently
planted on the island of Oahu, she is a former private pilot earning
her long-distance cross-country solo wings on a flight to Kitty Hawk!
JIM ORR - Director of Photography
Ten-time regional Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Photography and Lighting Direction, Jim Orr has over 25 years of experience as a cinematographer on a wide range of projects -- feature films, documentaries, television series, docuseries and commercials. Recently he was Director of Photography for Alicia Keys directorial debut in filming "Lili", part of a quintuplet of short films directed by high-profile women for Sony Pictures’ projectFIVE which was produced by Jennifer Aniston. Mr. Orr also teamed with Eva Longoria and Jessica Biel to film each of their directorial debuts with "A Proper Send Off" for Ms. Longoria and "Sodales" for Ms. Biel. Other films include "The FlyBoys", starring Tom Sizemore and Stephen Baldwin, "Clipping Adam", starring Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher, Kevin Sorbo, and Chris Eigeman. Mr. Orr was the cinematographer for the multi-Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary "Reclaiming Your American Dream" as well as other award-winning PBS documentaries including "Searching for a Safe Place", "Tolerance on Trial", "La Mera Frontera (The Very Edge)" and the acclaimed PBS specials "Bigger Boxes: Americas Love of Superstores" and "Liquid Stage: The Lure of Surfing".
RAYMOND WOOD - Editor
Raymond is a film and commercial director with a lengthy background in post-production and visual effects. His latest film "1st Summoning" was released theatrically and distributed by Gravitas Pictures. His recent co-producing credits include Joseph Cross’s directorial debut "Summer Night" and the award-winning and highly-acclaimed independent film "Holden On."
TOM DISHER - Music and Sound
For over two decades, Tom Disher has composed and arranged award-winning music for Film, TV, and Interactive Media. Tom was awarded an Emmy for music for the PBS Special "John Wooden: Victory, Values, and Peace of Mind" and 7 Addies for music and sound design for Sybase, Sony Playstation, KTSF, Webex, Tivo Fusion and Encanterra Trilogy. His education includes a Bachelor in Classical Piano Performance at Hartt College of Music and Post-Graduate studies in composition. Tom plays a number of instruments, including various ethnic flutes and percussion, guitar, bass and trumpet.
He runs a full-service sound facility through Disher Music and Sound,
providing sound design, score and mixing to a wide range
of projects with his team of sound artists and engineers.
WORLD PREMIERE - Dances with Films
June 24, 2023 6:30 pm
TCL Chinese Theatres, Hollywood, CA