Discover the unexpected ways he influenced people’s lives beyond his power as a pop star. From inspiring fans to recycle, to helping another get through her drug-free labor by listening to his music, learn more about his real fans, who are not just the characters they have been portrayed as by the media – but genuine individuals. This insightful documentary reveals how people discovered him and are impacted by him, not only in his life – but also after his death. Their stories and sentiments will reveal not only an artist, humanitarian and musical innovator, but simply a man, seen through the eyes of those that loved him the most- his fans. In The Way He Makes Them Feel, witness how one man inspires countless others, in so many diverse ways, and the way he makes them feel about themselves and the world.
The film presentation, highlighted by a free birthday bash and daylong showcase of Michael Jackson-inspired performances, videos and art, debuts Sunday August 29 at the historic Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood at noon. Screenings are at noon, 3pm and 6pm.
Shortly after Michael Jackson’s unexpected death, there was an upsurge in the presence and voices of his fans that for years had been quiet. The Way he Makes Them Feel focuses on Michael Jackson’s fans, from all walks of life and backgrounds, amplifying how one man changed and affected the lives of so many in both gentle and dramatic ways.
Filmmakers Joelle Arqueros, Todd Lampe and ErinRose Widner capture the spontaneous outpourings of every day people shortly after his death, on his birthday in 2009, at his Hollywood star and at a theater away from the glamour and glitz on the night of the premiere of the documentary, This Is It.
Joelle Arqueros, a graduate of Hollywood High School of the Performing Arts, attended NYU ‘s Tisch School of the Art’s Playwrights Horizon, where she began writing, directing and producing, Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes…LOVE, which premiered at SHOWWORLD in Times Square. It has now been running for over 6 years in LA , NY and just opened in Toronto. She recently received THE VALOUR award for her writing from Women Making Changes Foundation. Arqueros most recently directed and co-produced the critically acclaimed revival of Stephen Belber’s Tape at the Renegade Theatre in Hollywood. The Way He Makes Them Feel marks her debut as a filmmaker.
Todd Lampe has been writing, directing and editing short films, industrial projects, demos, promotional videos and original music since 1989. He is an original member of Fred Willard’s MoHo comedy troupe in Hollywood, CA, where he wrote & performed, and also directed several shows. His comedic short film Strongerable, won the best short and audience award at the Lancaster, NY film festival 2006. He directed the short film, Chance Meeting, which was an official selection at Dances with Films 2006, LA Shorts Fest 2006, and Method Fest 2007. He wrote and directed An Inconvenient Penguin, a comedic fauxumentary, which is a glimpse into the dangers of global warming on penguins’ lifestyles, and has enjoyed a successful run on Amazon.com. In 2009, Artificially Speaking, a short about an artificial fruit farm, played to huge laughs and overwhelming response at Dances With Films 2009.
ErinRose Widner began her love of the arts at an early age, focusing much of her time and energy in theatre. Her love of performing transcended to film in 2001, as she became involved with myriad independent films onscreen and off-screen. In addition to her work as a producer, she is also an actress and writer. She co-created, produced and starred in the web series, Deserted, a parody of the popular ABC show Lost. Chance Meeting, a short film she produced, was featured at Dances With Films 2006, LA Shorts Film 2006 and Method Fest 2007. In addition to her production experience, she holds a strong post-production background through her work at SDI Media in an executive business development role. In 2010 she can also be seen in the film version of the hilarious sketch show, Channel Surfing (LA Comedy Festival 2009).
The premiere celebration of The Way He Makes Them Feel includes: a display of Michael Jackson inspired Art, including a 12′X12′ Michael Jackson portrait made completely out of pop cans; the presentation of selections from a global video contest, eliciting reactions to Michael Jackson’s life and passing from around the world (http://www.hisfans.com/His_Fans/Global_Video_Contest.html); and Michael Jackson-inspired performances, chosen from auditions held at the Woman’s Club of Hollywood on August 15.
The Way He Makes Them Feel premieres Sunday, August 29, 2010 at the Regent Showcase Theatre, 614 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90036. Showtimes are Noon, 3pm and 6pm. Free birthday bash including cake, and Michael Jackson-inspired performances and art throughout the day. Tickets are $10.00 in advance, and $12.00 at the door. They and can be purchased in advance at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/123314.
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