SAG Foundation Conversations: Fly Away

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SAG Foundation Conversations: Fly Away
Start: 09/20/2011 - 2:00am
End: 09/20/2011 - 5:00am

Fly AwayJoin your fellow Hollywood SAG members for a SAG Foundation Conversations: Fly Away. This screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Ashely Rickards, Beth Broderick, JR Bourne, Greg Germann and Janet Grillo will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19. Click here to RSVP.

Made as a SAG Ultra-Low Budget Independent film, and shot in 14 days, Fly Away premiered as one of eight out of 2,000 submissions in Dramatic Competition at the influential South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, this March. The film opened immediately afterwards in April, in limited theatrical engagement, to rave reviews.

The complex portrayals of a single mother and her severely Autistic teenager daughter (Beth Broderick and Ashley Rickards, who does not actually have the disorder), in collaboration with a talented ensemble, were widely lauded by major critics, as “exceptional…remarkable…first rate…as natural as breathing…The actors are so exemplary it is hard to imagine this is not a documentary,” and “deserving of an Oscar Nomination.”

Fly Away tells the story of a single mother of a teenager with severe autism, confronting her child's adult future. What will sustain her daughter, as well as herself?

Writer/Director Janet Grillo is an Emmy Award winning producer and award winning filmmaker. Fly Away marks her feature debut, after spending years cultivating and launching the careers of other filmmakers, both as an independent producer and executive at New Line Cinema. Her many credits include Autism: The Musical, Joe The King, Pump up the Volume, the Houseparty series and Spanking the Monkey.

Starring: Beth Broderick (Bonfire of the Vanities, Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Greg Germann (Talledagha Nights, Friends with Money, Allie McBeal), Ashley Rickards (MTV's Awkward, One Tree Hill, Ugly Betty), JR Bourne (Cold Case, Smallville) and Reno (Quiz Show, and Reno in Rage and Rehab on Broadway).SAG