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NO LETTING GO: The latest feature film from multi-award winning Director Jonathan Bucari
(Blog by NO LETTING GO Consulting Producer Linda Kruse )
Eighteen month ago I had the pleasure of consulting on what would soon become the multi-award winning short film: ILLNESS. Within it's first year ILLNESS won 27 nominations winning 7 awards.
It's a familiar story for millions of families who's children suffer with mental health issues. It's an invisible illness that often leaves families feeling alone and in silence. And It seemed the tag line for ILLNESS: "Short Film with a Big Message", resonated with a lot of viewers.
The overwhelming interest in the short film and the subject matter led us to produce the feature length version titled NO LETTING GO. Inspired by the short, the feature film is based on a true life events and takes heartfelt and candid look at the shattering effects of
childhood mental illness. NO LETTING GO is a powerful film about love, strength and the resiliency of the human spirit.
The cast includes Cheryl Allison, who reprised the lead role from ILLNESS, won Best Actress Southampton International Film Festival, UK, Richard Burgi of "The Sentinel" and "Desperate Housewives", Kathy Najimy from "Sister Act 1 and 2", Alysia Reiner of "Orange is the New Black" and "How to Get Away with Murder", and Gabriel Rush of "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Budapest Hotel", just to name a few.
In NO LETTING GO, a family’s world
starts to unravel as their middle son, Tim, becomes increasingly fragile and
difficult to handle. Tim’s painful struggle to cope with everyday life takes
its toll on his parents and the well being of his brothers. Anger, resentment
and conflict arise as Tim’s parents struggle to understand and find
answers for their son’s increasingly erratic behavior and emotional
NO LETTING GO honestly portrays the devastating effects of childhood
mental health disorders and lets families know they are not alone. Since the beginning the creators of ILLNESS and NO LETTING GO have focused on developing an educational curriculum for schools everywhere.
Scheduled to hit film festivals in 2015 with a release following. Most recently, NO LETTING GO was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival in several categories and is waiting announcement for it's premiere date.
I had the pleasure of working on a crazy fun shoot this weekend that was a total Throwback! From the 1950's to the future and crazier still I had all the outfits!
It started with me wearing my grandmothers dress and apron from the 1950's with the milkman delivering milk. From a rocker dude pizza guy delivering pizza in the 1980's, to a paper boy smacking me in the head each morning with the paper and finally being attached by a drone - I had too much fun and very funny pictures to prove it. Reminded me of all the crazy things my brothers and their friends would do. Soo much fun! Life has not been dull nor was this shoot! Great job guys! Thanks for including me in the antics.
Watch the behind the scenes clips:
Chasing and being chased by a drone!
In the end…it all works out! (One handed catch while drinking coffee, my brothers taught me well!)
The Telly Awards has named KRUSING AMERICA two-time
winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for BEST ORIGINAL SERIES and THE PEOPLE'S TELLY for the 6-part travel docu-series created by Linda Kruse.
Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said
Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Linda
Kruse's accomplishment on KRUSING AMERICA illustrates that
creativity, skill, and dedication to the craft and serves as a testament to
great film and video production."
ABOUT KRUSING AMERICA
After spending most of his life outside the United States
defending a country he’s never really lived in, where does a decorated 20-year
US Army soldier, back from the War, go home to…if he’s never really had one? In
this 6-part family travel documentary series, Lt. Colonel Victor Krus and his
family travel the country in search of their home, sweet home.
“It’s the story of an American hero
without an American hometown”, said Linda Kruse, series creator and the sister
of Lt. Colonel Krus. "With the war coming to an end, no story
resonates more than the story of coming home. It's a twist on the classic
feeling of ‘coming home’. As with all of my work, my hope is to touch the
hearts of viewers and inspire the country," Linda Kruse said.
ABOUT THE TELLY AWARDS
Founded in 1979, the Telly is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work from the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.
For its 35th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards.In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.
A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.The Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners.
"I heard there were nearly 12,000 entries from all 50
states and numerous countries, so getting a Telly is truly an honor. But
getting two Telly's, and one of them a People's Telly – I was floored," said Linda.
Linda Kruse is also the Owner / CEO of Atticus
Productions, Inc. an Los Angeles and London based production company producing projects all over the
world that explore challenging, intriguing and sometimes controversial topics –
all while definitively capturing real people and the worlds they live in.
Earlier this year, Linda became
a DOVE Approved Director with KRUSING AMERICA – the DOVE Foundation honors
directors who create original Family-friendly content suitable for the entire
family. "Engaging interviews woven into stories that are presented
with a creative elegance that is Linda’s signature style. Krusing
America reflects a vision that is both creative and comfortable,
making Linda Kruse an emerging director worth watching,“ said Howard Benjamin, TV / Film Critic with The Interview Factory.
For Distribution inquiries contact Atticus Productions, Inc. (818) 370-4649