Dalmacy Films announced that Todd Bridges, best known for his quick-witted, sensitive and affable role as Willis Jackson on NBC’s long-running sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” will star as Donnie Maynard, a working class, married, father of two who is a also quietly, albeit, ambitiously, pursuing a career as a filmmaker, in The Filmmaker.
Bridges, who has been in front of the camera for over 30 years, has had a recurring role as Monk on the UPN/CW sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris” and has enjoyed a turn as a comedic commentator on truTV’s television series “truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...” He is represented by The Burke Management Firm.
In the film, Bridges’ Donnie is a top sales performer in his position as a door-to-door cable salesman. His subtle, yet real, determination to become a successful filmmaker drives his motivation to pursue his dream by any and all means necessary. After a series of defeats and unimaginable challenges, Donnie sets his sights high on seeing the project through to completion at the risk of losing it all, including his life.
Written and directed by Brooklyn native Nick Dalmacy, The Filmmaker is inspired by his real life experiences as a filmmaker. Dalmacy’s credits include Scorn, the intimate tale the story of three couples dealing with fiery passion and the pain of love told in flashbacks from a radio interview. Scorn won several awards at the New Bern Film Festival (“Best Drama,” “Best Film,” “Audience Award” and “Best Actress”) and was nominated for “Best Film” at the 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival.
John Michael Reefer, a member of Slated.com, the film networking site, has worked on various projects, including, Kinyarwanda, The Bicycle and the upcoming RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) and will serve as producer on the film. Reefer is represented by Gregory A. Thomson, Esq.
The Filmmaker is slated to go into production Spring 2014 and will shoot on location in North Carolina.
“To work with someone as talented and resilient as Todd Bridges is an honor and we are so grateful that he signed on to be a part of this project,” states Nick Dalmacy.
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