Screening joins recent independent release of Born Ready Films (BRF) “Red Balls” selection to screen at 2012 Chicago Comedy Film Festival and Las Angeles Comedy Film Festival in November 2012.
On November 15, 2012, “Exile by Choice” a documentary by Drew Morris and Born Ready Films LLC, will conduct a test screening in Libertyville IL, at Mickey Finns Amber Room beginning at 6pm. The fund raiser is to cover the costs associated with the filming, production and distribution of the film. Conner Girard (aka Roaming Bear) will perform preceding the movie screening and The Usuals will take the stage following the showing of the film.
This exclusive screening will be the only presentation of the movie prior to its submission to Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival and Palm Springs Film Festival, among others. This recently completed feature documentary profiles eccentric "Roaming Bear" as he travels as a modern day hobo across our great country; unbelievable cinematography and compelling story of life on the road from Chicago to New Orleans to Washington State. Moving, heart wrenching, sad yet exhilarating film documents what goes on among our youth with wayward young people trying to find their way on this planet without work or a place to turn. All proceeds go to the final production and distribution of the movie. Limited seating available. Performances prior to the screening by Roaming Bear and post screening by “The Usuals”.
About the Filmmakers
Writer, Director, Actor, Drew Morris, and Cinematographer Grant Stakenas, along with Austin Brown and Vinnie Amedei contribute their talents to this documentary. Drew Morris who has written and directed over 50 short films and two feature length films brings together this talented group on their quest to cover this remarkable story of Roaming Bear. Morris has a reputation for making award winning successful projects on small budgets. Over the past two years the Born Ready Films crew has completed their studies in film, editing, directing and production from Columbia College of Chicago, and they have amassed a team of over 30 people who are all a part of Born Ready Films projects.
Synopsis of “Exile by Choice”
Conor Girard, aka Roaming Bear chooses to be homeless. As a struggling artist/musician bear writes in his songs “it’s not that I’m opposed to work, just not as part of this fascist machine”. Morris, Stakenas and company met Bear a number of years ago in high school. Fallen with depression and alcoholism, Bear has spent the majority of the past 6 years traveling the countryside as a modern day hobo; hopping trains, hitch hiking, eating out of garbage dumpsters, sleeping under viaducts and generally living on nothing, caught in a sad web of personal destruction. BRF documents Bears first trip sober with Mikey, a troubled 18 year old looking to find his way amidst a bleak future. Bear picks up small amounts of money playing music on street corners and carving jewelry out of buffalo horns. In his travels Bear visits people he has spent time with who are still caught up in homelessness, drugs and contempt. On this journey Bear meets new people who are looking to help as they travel from the downtrodden burrows of New Orleans to Utah, California and Seattle; all by train or hitch hiking. Bear gets reacquainted with family and friends along the way, some only accepting him if he is sober, others offering drugs and alcohol. The documentary has been submitted to Sundance, Slamdance, Palm Springs film festivals among others.. Due to festival requirements, the November 15th screening will not be considered a premier and is considered a test screening, for those that attend, we ask that they not write any articles or reviews online or in print. We are looking to raise money to support the efforts of BRF to get this movie into distribution to be shared with the general public. The plan is to take a portion of the proceeds of the movie and donate it back to helping those on the road or lost in life.
About Born Ready Films
Born Ready Films LLC is a film, multimedia and audio/video company based in Chicago IL. Producers of engaging video shorts, feature length movies and documentaries, its team's background includes filmmaking, video production, motion graphics, broadcast programming, strategic partnerships, new media marketing and investments, public relations, web development, and music production. Born Ready Films has produced dozens of independent short films, several feature length Movies including; The Garage Hoppers and Red Balls, and has millions of YouTube views in conjunction with their strategic partner FND Films. Born Ready Films has won multiple awards since its inception in 2009.
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