“When 35-year old stand-up comedian Steve Mazan learned he had cancer, and might only have five years to live, he dedicated his life to living his dream: performing stand-up comedy on The Late Show with David Letterman.”
“This documentary chronicles his five-year journey, as he races his own ticking clock to achieve a nearly impossible goal. Hilarious, heart-breaking, and ultimately inspirational, Steve’s journey brings a brand-new perspective to living with cancer. This is a story that proves it’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with it. As Steve says, ‘If you stop chasing your dreams, you’re already dead.’”
In March 2011 I had the honor of flying out to San Jose, California to see the worldwide theatrical premiere of Dying To Do Letterman at the 2011 Cinequest Film Festival. I attended the premiere with friends and fellow screenwriters Chip Street and Sean Meehan. The film premiered ...<< MORE >>
Friends, this post has nothing to do with screenwriting, though there is a valuable lesson about dreams in it. I wanted to share with you a new passion of mine by discussing three things: a new widget, a heartfelt request, and a story about a girl named Alice.
You’ll notice to the left I’ve added a widget, “DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Center – Become A Donor Today!” This widget will take you to the bone marrow donor registration page of DKMS America, the American branch of the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with over 2.7 million registered donors worldwide. I added this widget to the site because of one person.
A GIRL NAMED ALICE
Alice Pyne is a fifteen-year-old girl from Great Britain with terminal cancer. After a courageous four-year battle, Alice now knows she is going to lose the war. But she isn’t going down without doing a few things first. Alice created a blog called Alice’s Bucket List. For those of you who don’t know and/or haven’t seen one of my favorite Morgan Freeman movies The Bucket List, this is a list of the things one wishes to do/see/experience before they die (kick the bucket, get it?).
Alice made her list and started ticking off what she could. She created the Alice’s Bucket List blog to share with family and friends about her bucket list ...<< MORE >>
I was touched and honored when I found out one of my favorite new Twitter friends, screenwriter Kelly Anelons, joined Twitter because of something I had said about it and using social media to build/further your screenwriting career. When I read Kelly's blog, I knew I wanted to get that 'voice' on the 3 a.m. Screenwriter in a VIP guest post. So, I asked (fingers crossed). She accepted (girly squeals of joy ensued), and here she is (dun-dun-dunnn).
Twitter & the Savvy Screenwriter
My "Screenwriting Career Plan" was naively simple. I would write an excellent script filled with uniquely entertaining moments and character-driven narrative. The script would place in at least one of the top five screenwriting competitions, and I would fly into L.A. to sign a management deal with a studio executive using a shiny Mont Blanc pen.
Well, I wrote the script, which placed in the Top 5 of Final Draft's 2010 Big Break; was named one of the "Top 25 Comedies" in the PAGE Awards, and earned me some coveted L.A. meetings. After a whirlwind Hollywood adventure, I arrived back at my little desk with a read request for my sitcom pilot. Unfortunately, the loop on my ...<< MORE >>