Go behind the scenes with the creative team of 1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story as they talk about the process of taking a true-life story to the silver screen on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Gettysburg College’s Kline Theatre.
The event will feature producers Bruce Gordon and Bob Burris and director Michael Levine. Burris also wrote the screenplay. Chris Kauffman, associate professor of theatre arts, and Jim Udden, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and film studies, will moderate the panel. Audience members will have the opportunity for Q&A and the event is open to the public at no charge. Tickets are not required for this event in Kline Theatre, located adjacent to the corner of Water and North Washington streets.
1,000 to 1 tells the inspirational story of Cory Weissman, a Gettysburg College basketball player who suffered a stroke during his first year on campus only to return to the court for one extraordinary moment during his senior year. Shooting for the movie will begin on campus in October. The film is a production of Gettysburg Great Productions, LLC, a subsidiary of Gettysburg College.
In the entertainment industry, Gordon led television stations from a pre-VHS and DVR world into the digital age – and as a leader in interactive media, helped navigate an industry into a new millennium that had yet to see broadband, video, mobile or social media.
Gordon was senior vice president and chief financial officer of the worldwide Disney Interactive Media Group and was responsible for all branded online activities, console games, social games and media, virtual worlds, mobile and digital publishing. He led all operational and strategic functions including finance, accounting, revenue operations, IT, HR, commercial/business development deals, partnerships and real estate operations, and has been a leader in numerous startups and new business acquisitions, integrations, launches and divestitures – bringing rigor around decision-making to balance both economic and strategic objectives.
Burris has been a guiding force behind such high profile network television shows as Warner Brothers' “Growing Pains,” serving as supervising producer; executive producer/showrunner on Disney's “Thunder Alley” and the Dave Chappelle vehicle “Buddies,” created by Matt Williams (Roseanne, Home Improvement); executive producer/showrunner of “In the House” starring LL Cool J; supervising producer of “Just the Ten of Us” and executive producer/showrunner of the Disney Channel original series “The Jersey” as well as contributing to numerous pilots.
As a feature film writer and producer, Burris has written a remake of the classic comedy “The Toy” for Columbia Pictures, the original thriller “Sometimes the Devil Wins” for Troika Pictures, the historical drama “First Allies” and worked on “The Governess” for Bob Yari Film Group, “PPP” for Screen Gems, as well as numerous rewrites on a number of successful family films. He is also developing a comedy television pilot with Wind Dancer Films. Before launching his career as a writer and producer, Burris was an executive at NBC and ABC, working in promotion and programming.
After film school at the University of Southern California, Levine started his career in on-air-promo at NBC – transitioning into dramatic programs and covering shows like Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and L.A. Law. Levine then became senior vice president of New World Television, shepherding shows like The Wonder Years. It was during his stint at New World that Levine first started directing action and dramatic television shows, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules, Silk Stalkings, Renegade and Pacific Blue. 1,000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story will be his first feature film.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
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Posted: Wed, 19 Sep 2012