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‘Bron Con 2014’: Arizona film community rallies around actor battling cancer

The many faces of actor Greg Bronson. See these and many more as Filmstock Film Festival hosts a fundraiser to help Greg in his fight against cancer.
The many faces of actor Greg Bronson. See these and many more as Filmstock Film Festival hosts a fundraiser to help Greg in his fight against cancer.
William Pierce

Actor Greg Bronson has been more than a fixture in Arizona independent film. Appearing in hundreds of student, short and feature length films, Greg has always made himself available to independent filmmakers, doing whatever he can to help them see their production through to completion. Whether performing as the lead actor, or somewhere in the background, Greg has been essential in helping filmmakers realize their vision. Recently, Greg was diagnosed with lung cancer and is currently undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Now, the Arizona independent film community is doing what it can to be there for Greg Bronson. Filmstock Film Festival will be hosting a fundraiser for Greg at the Tempe Pollack Theatre on Thursday March 27th, beginning at 7pm. “Bron Con 2014” will present a collection of short films featuring Greg and scenes from several of his feature length films. Tickets are 10.00 each and can be purchased online. All of the proceeds from this event will be given to Greg Bronson.

The films selected to be screened will feature Bronson in the limitless capacities he has provided filmmakers and will offer a wide range of his versatility as an actor; providing excellent performances in serious roles, screwball comedies or keeping it all cohesive somewhere in the background. Filmstock Film Festival director and “Bron Con 2014” organizer James A Lee described Greg’s impact on the local film community: “Greg is a staple of film in Arizona. He can look like anything; a CEO, a homeless man, a zombie... almost anything you can think of, and all with a distinct, Southwestern flair. Many filmmakers I know write their scripts with Greg in mind because of his unique look and consistent performances. He throws himself into every performance he does, making him one of the most pleasant individuals to work with. You'll never get a bad performance from Greg. Because of all his hard work, he has empowered many filmmakers, and thus influenced the stories they create.”

“When the Filmstock team realized that Greg needed help, we wanted to help.” Lee said. “Enough things just clicked, and the phone calls began immediately. Greg has been such a staple of indie film here that it was one of the easiest festivals to program! At Bron Con 2014 there will be over 90 minutes of highlights, clips and short films featuring Greg and his terrific performances, but there's more to the event than that. Every audience member that shows up will have the chance to sign an over-sized Greg Bronson get-well card, participate, cheer and have a blast while the films are screening (Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque), win prizes from Greg Bronson Bingo (cards the audience will get), and more! Bron Con is more than short film screenings, you will experience an indie film extravaganza and Greg-a-palooza!... it puts the FUN in FUNdraiser!”

“I hope this event inspires the community to continue to take of one another.” Lee said. “While this is one event for one man, I really hope the film community at large sees this as a demonstration for how we as filmmakers, actors and organizers can and should take care of our own. I'm hoping as hardships strike other loved ones in the community, more individuals and organizations rise to the occasion to rally and help each other out. We do it all the time for Kickstarter projects and Indiegogo's, why not do it when one of us needs it most as well.”

What: Bron Con 2014 – Fundraiser for actor Greg Bronson

Where: Tempe Pollack Cinemas, 1825 E Elliot Rd, Tempe.
When: Thursday March 27th at 7pm.

How much: Tickets are 10.00 All proceeds will go directly to Greg Bronson. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/600619
If you would like to make a donation, you can also do so at this link.