Dial a Prayer: Little Miracles on an Indie Set

In February 2014 I received a text from Jason Potash, producer of Storyboard Entertainment’s Dial a Prayer.   “How old is your house?”  I wrote back “1929.”  He was back home in Detroit with writer/director Maggie Kiley and they were scouting locations for their upcoming film to be shot in the area.  They stopped by 90 minutes later and while our old house didn’t make the cut, we ended up dropping in on nine other friends in Royal Oak that same night—two of their houses ended up in the film, one by pure chance. We were stepping out of my friend Micah’s brick home on Hawthorne when I pointed to a white bungalow across the street, figuring they’d be interested in an LA connection, “That’s where my former student Kasey Bell grew up; he works on Family Guy.”  Maggie and production designer Lauren Fitzsimmons glanced up and then at one another.  “Do you think we could look inside?” … Read More…

Hollywood with a Heart: “Brightest Star” Producer Gives Unforgettable Gift to High School Students

Listen to our podcast with Jason… I was just giving him a call, being the nosy person that I can be… “How’s your movie coming along?” Former student and current producer, Jason Potash, was in New York prepping for the film Brightest Star which opens on January 31st. “Great!” he answered, ever positive. “How’s the family?” ever quick to shift the spotlight back to someone else. “Wish I could bring my class,” I joked. “It’d be a great field trip!” “Why not?” “Ha!” “No really. We’ve got a few college lecture hall scenes and we need extras.” Less than a month later with the help of a wonderful travel agent (and high school classmate), Jeff, combined with the trusting support of a principal and many parents, we flew out of Detroit–sixteen students and four other chaperons. The shoot took a full Sunday and the students had to bring four changes… Read More…