The next 'Green Lighted' feature on the slate for arguably the most prolific film production company in Michigan, award-winning Lansing-based Collective Development Inc. (CDI), will roll cameras this spring in mid-Michigan.
'MBF' (Man's Best Friend) is a unique and engaging story that shows parallels between the treatment of wounded military veterans and 'last chance' shelter dogs. Written by DJ Perry (who also stars as former Marine Corps K-9 handler Paul Landings, who suffers from TBI and PTSD after an IED blast in Afghanistan)
PTSD; emotional/psychological challenges; physical
"What drew me to the story was the depth of the characters as they try to navigate thru real-world challenges and issues in their daily lives," said the film's director, longtime CDI colleague Anthony Hornus ('An Ordinary Killer,' 'Outside the Wire: The Forgotten Children of Afghanistan,' 'Chasing the Star').
"Every day, people are reaching for balance in their lives, even redemption in some cases," added Mr. Hornus. "The lines between right and wrong, good versus evil, are oftentimes blurred. In the eyes of the beholder, if you will. We'll expose the darkness of man's inhumanity to man (and beast), yet we also embrace the goodness in the hearts of others," he concluded.
'MBF' follows Gunnery Sgt. Landings (Mr. Perry, 'Wicked Spring,' 'Forty Nights,' 'Wild Faith') his working K-9 and companion 'Bart' and the Explosive Ordnance Demolition (EOD) team from a fateful mission in 2008 Helmand Province, Afghanistan, to his struggles trying to make a meaningful life for himself in his small Michigan home town.
This contemporary action/drama, to be filmed entirely on location in Mr.Hornus' home town area of mid-Michigan, offers layered storytelling with an ensemble of interesting, compassionate, damaged and eccentric characters. It's twisting and turning narrative is a study in cautionary tales, faith, hope and the understanding of the 'role' dogs (and pets overall) play in our lives as family, as pets and service/therapy companions.
Casting is winding down for 'MBF.' Some of the talented artists tentatively on-board include:
Tim Abell ('We Were Soldiers,' 'Circus Kane,' 'NCIS,' 'Criminal Minds'); Tony Becker ('Tour of Duty,' 'Little House On the Prairie,' 'Justified');
'MBF' will be a 2019 release by Bridgestone Multimedia Group (BMG).
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