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CBS-4: "Turning Pain Into Art - Colorado Film Takes On Brain Injury Issues"

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This week, CBS-4 reporter Shawn Chitnis interviewed co-directors Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda in his coverage of their latest film “Remembering Us.”

Chitnis’ focus was how the husband-wife team willing to reveal a painful part of their life to bring awareness to brain injuries and to help others.

“This is our third major interview in a month,” said producer Brock Sherman. “We are feeling like we have a film that people are going to want to see.”

Click HERE to view the article on CBS-4 Denver.


Winter Updates For "Remembering Us"

 Lead actor Dani Payne (Kate Novak) hangs out with infant actor Avery Vandenberg (Chloe Novak) as the crew adjusts for a camera move.

Lead actor Dani Payne (Kate Novak) hangs out with infant actor Avery Vandenberg (Chloe Novak) as the crew adjusts for a camera move.

Snow is on the ground as our BS Filmworks team gets ready for its fifth and final shoot for the 30-minute film “Remembering Us.”

“This winter shoot brings us to a full year after our main character Steve Novak suffers his traumatic brain injury,” said producer Brock Sherman. “Time wise, we’re ending where we started, however this time, the Novak Family is in a very different place. We are exploring the family’s ‘new normal.’”

Joining the BS Filmworks team is John Sayles who will be filling in as sound mixer for this December shoot. Eight-time Emmy-winner Jerome Gilmer also comes aboard as music composer.

The cast will be our principal leads for the film: Mike Ostroski (who just booked Netflix’ “Euphoria”), Dani Payne (who just booked the indie film “The Short History of the Long Road”) and Nev Scharrel (fresh off her recurring run on FOX’s “9-1-1”). Joining them again will be infant actors Morrigan McLynn and Avery Vandenberg. Both return as the youngest member of the Novak family.

Westword: Filmmaking Couple Touches on Medical Marijuana's Social Stigma

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This week, reporter Britt Chester profiled the latest BS Filmworks film “Remembering Us” in an article for Westword.

Chester’s focus was on the film’s autobiographical angle and how filmmakers Lori Kay Allred and Scott Takeda struggled to treat Scott’s traumatic brain injury (TBI), ultimately deciding to try medical cannabis.

"We are noticing that our film is starting to generate some buzz," said producer Brock Sherman. "Scott and Lori chose to keep his TBI and treatment a secret because of the social stigma surrounding both of them. But now that we are filming their story, it’s striking a chord.”

“We are especially excited by this coverage because we’re still shooting,” said Allred. “So we’re grateful people are so interested in seeing this film.”

Click HERE to read the article on Westword.

Click HERE to read as a PDF.

Autumn Updates For "Remembering Us"

 Nev Scharrel and director Lori Kay Allred go over the script during a recent shoot.

Nev Scharrel and director Lori Kay Allred go over the script during a recent shoot.

The leaves are changing colors as the BS Filmworks team preps for the fourth shoot of its autobiographical film "Remembering Us."

"Our autumn shoot is where our characters go outside-the-box to find solutions for the traumatic brain injury," said producer Brock Sherman. "This is where we introduce medical cannabis to the story. It was the only treatment that worked for writer-director Scott Takeda, so he and fellow writer-director Lori Kay Allred have made it a crucial part of the film. Our story explores Scott’s initial resistance to using medical cannabis and the results after he started treatment."

Two actors are joining our cast for the autumn shoot. Adam Odette plays Luke – a child being treated by medical cannabis for seizures. He is represented by Donna Baldwin Agency. Veteran actor Jason Coviello (NBC’s “In Plain Sight”) plays Garth — Luke’s dad and a close friend of the family. He is represented by Big Fish Talent.

Major supporting cast members Denielle Fisher Johnson and Mark Mathews also return for the fall shoot.

Finally, we’re thrilled to announce that Danielle Dascalos is joining our team as the unit publicist.

Hollywood Updates From BS Filmworks

 Adam Driver and John David Washington in “BlacKkKlansman.” (Image courtesy of Focus Features)

Adam Driver and John David Washington in “BlacKkKlansman.” (Image courtesy of Focus Features)

Huge congrats to Lori Kay Allred for her contributions to Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.” This film was partially filmed in Colorado where it takes place. Allred served as Production Manager and scout. Before a scheduling conflict with another shoot, she was potentially going to walk the August red carpet premiere in LA. This spring, the film won the Grand Prize of the Jury from the Cannes Film Festival.

 The cast of Hulu’s “The First” pose for a cast photo at the world premiere in LA. (Courtesy of Getty Images.)

The cast of Hulu’s “The First” pose for a cast photo at the world premiere in LA. (Courtesy of Getty Images.)

Speaking of carpets, kudos to Scott Takeda for the September premiere of Hulu’s The First.Takeda recurs as a guest star in this series by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”). The show follows the lives of the people working on the first manned mission to Mars and stars Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, and Keiko Agena.

And quick kudos to Mike Ostroski (cast member of “Remembering Us”) for booking a costarring role on ABC’s “The Rookie.” His cast mate Nev Scharrel booked a recurring role on FOX’s “9-1-1.” And cast mate Denielle Fisher Johnson booked a nice costar role on the Emmy nominated “Better Call Saul” on AMC.