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‘Reach For Me’ Screens in Palm Springs Before Heading to Vegas

December 18, 2009 by  



'Reach For Me' Screens in Palm Springs Before Heading to Vegas
Reach For Me
starring Seymour Cassel, Alfre Woodard and Adrienne Barbeau screened on Tuesday in Palm Springs before heading to theaters in Las Vegas (Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

Pictured above: Gary Passon, Susan R. Rodgers, Seymour Cassel, Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg and Angelo Giordano.

Our thanks to Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik for these photos and review:

I met up with the team from Vegasnet.tv and Giordano World Entertainment and we all traveled to Palm Springs on December 15th for a special screening of the critically acclaimed film Reach For Me to benefit the American Cancer Society.

We climbed on board the decked out Giordano World Entertainment tour bus at the Las Vegas Hilton for a day trip to screen the movie and photograph and interview the Academy Award Nominated star and producers of the film. There is a lot of buzz about the premiere of Reach For Me that Angelo Giordano has planned at the Las Vegas Vegas Hilton this January, so my fellow journalists from Veganet.tv and I wanted a chance to see the film in a theater and speak with some of the key players. This Indie flick is quickly racking up awards and building a following that may take Hollywood by storm.

The film stars Academy Award nominees Seymour Cassel, Alfre Woodard and screen legend Adrienne Barbeau. It was directed by and also co-stars LeVar Burton (Star Trek:Next Generation, Roots). With Supporting cast members Lacey Chabert (Party of Five and Mean Girls) and Johnny Whitworth (CSI Miami, Party of Five and Empire Records) the film appeals to a wide audience from young to old. It tells an emotional story about one man’s journey towards death in a hospice care center and and how that process can be painful, cathartic, joyful and even humorous at times for the people on both sides of the process.

We watch Alvin (brilliantly portrayed by Seymour Cassel) as a terminally ill, bitter old man who builds real relationships he never expected at the end of his life, both romantic with Valerie (played by Barbeau) and a friendship he forms with Kevin (played by Whitworth). Alvin battles his own regrets and failures but unexpectedly finds humor, love and laughter when his young roommate Kevin teaches him that even the few moments of life you have left can be meaningful and joyful. The relationships come across very real and relateable and it’s a story that pulls you in leaving you filled with emotion that you want to share with everyone after leaving the theater.

The legendary Seymour Cassel was all smiles as he arrived at the Camelot Theater in Palms Springs, California. His non-stop sense of humor during our photo shoot had the producers and media team in stitches and after 109 films under his belt dating back to 1959, Cassel seems about as comfortable at a movie premiere as he would in his living room sitting around a table with friends cracking jokes. He stopped for photos with Angelo and Christine Giordano, the film’s distributors and executive producers, Susan R. Rodgers the film’s producer and Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg the films producer and co-star, before they all headed inside for a reception and screening. Less then 120 minutes later everyone left the theater overflowing with accolades, emotional responses and excitement about the film… a scene the producers are becoming quite accustomed to seeing as the film builds momentum and praise internationally.

Reach For Me will be presented by Giordano World Entertainment at the Las Vegas Hilton in January 2010 and details are forthcoming about the star studded red carpet premiere and events surrounding the Las Vegas debut.

– Erik Kabik

Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel with Reach for Me movie poster

Seymour Cassel with Reach for Me movie poster

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel interviewed by media

Seymour Cassel interviewed by media

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel

Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg (producer and co-star) with Seymour Cassel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Christine and Angelo Giordano of Giordano World Entertainment (Distributors and Executive Producers)

Christine and Angelo Giordano of Giordano World Entertainment (Distributors and Executive Producers)

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Susan R. Rodgers - Producer

Susan R. Rodgers - Producer

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg (Producer and co-star)

Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg (Producer and co-star)

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Meghan Duffy, Seymour Cassel,

Susan R. Rodgers, Meghan Duffy, Seymour Cassel, Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel and Angelo Giordano

Seymour Cassel and Angelo Giordano

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Seymour Cassel and Meghan Duffy

Seymour Cassel and Meghan Duffy

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Susan R. Rodgers, Seymour Cassel and Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg

Susan R. Rodgers, Seymour Cassel and Charlene Blaine-Schulenburg

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Movie poster for 'Reach for Me'

Movie poster for 'Reach for Me'

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

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