Compelling stories of The American Dream
The power of The American Dream is in the diversity, simplicity and reality of the stories being told. Here are a few of the more well known perspectives willing to be a part of this film.
TV & Film, singer & producer
From stages on Broadway to London and around the world; on the big screen in films such as The Jazz Singer to television including Law & Order, The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, and six seasons of Here’s Lucy. She has performed at the Academy Awards and the White House…several times. And of course, she’s perhaps best known as the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Emmy Award-winning writer, comic and actor
Six-time Emmy Award-winning writer, comic and Broadway actor best known for his four-year stint as a celebrity participant on the television show Hollywood Squares. The dirty-blond, thick-maned, muppet-like comedian and actor has been writing for talents such Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Hugh Jackman, Bette Midler and many, many others for an entire career as featured in the Miramax film, Get Bruce.Vilanch has written for the Academy Awards telecast, the Oscars for over two decades along with being a featured writer for The Tony’s, The Grammy’s, The Emmy’s and many other award shows, television series and variety specials. He has even been immortalized as an animated version of himself on an episode of The Simpsons in 2001.
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Mathew Knowles, Ph.D.
Producer, music industry veteran and creator of Destiny’s Child
As Forbes Magazine wrote: Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, Ph.D., is an author, professor, public speaker, entrepreneur, music executive, artist manager and founder of Music World Entertainment. Based out of Houston, Music World Entertainment is celebrating over 25 years as one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates, with record sales exceeding $450 million worldwide, with artists Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, The O’Jays, Destiny’s Child, Solange and Beyoncé, just to name a few. Knowles is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his approach to developing and promoting award-winning artists. Through Music World Entertainment and Artist Management, he has served as executive producer for more than 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums in multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance and country, as well as soundtracks and special-themed project.
Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder
Ms. Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including inclusion in the Albert Einstein Foundation’s upcoming book and initiative Genius: 100 Visions for the Future, being on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” She is also co-founder of 50/50 Day, Character Day and The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
Producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist
U.S. News & World Report wrote: SERIAL PRO-SOCIAL entrepreneur Peter Samuelson has a career that spans 30 years of work in the Hollywood film industry, in parallel with significant endeavors in social philanthropy. He has produced and executive produced 25 motion pictures, including "Wilde," "Arlington Road" and "Revenge of the Nerds."
In the world of social impact, Samuelson, co-founded the Starlight Children's Foundation in 1983, a leading multinational charity which now serves 6 million seriously ill children and their families annually; co-founded Starbright World with Steven Spielberg in 1995, which is still in operation today and was the first international, fully interactive online social network for sick teenagers; and co-founded First Star in 1999, a national non-profit advocating for neglected and abused children.
Prolific actor, writer, producer & director
Max Martini is an American film, theater, and television actor known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, The Great Raid, Behind Enemy Lines, Fifty Shades of Grey, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours, Captain Phillips and on the military television drama, The Unit. In 2019 he wrote, directed, and starred in Sgt. Will Gardner, a feature film whose proceeds will help support veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and homelessness. In 2018 Martini co-launched his own production company, Mona Vista Productions, as a vehicle to raise funding for feature films and produce projects for television.
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