Any Day Now
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 : 7:00am to 10:00am
University Park Campus
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
Inspired by a true story and touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant now than ever, ANY DAY NOW tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family.
About Any Day Now
Inspired by a true story and touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant now than ever, ANY DAY NOW tells a story of love, acceptance, and creating your own family. In West Hollywood in the late 1970s, when Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with Down syndrome who's been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy (Alan Cumming) and Paul (Garret Dillahunt), he finds in them the family he's never had. However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.
Provided courtesy of Music Box Films. Not rated. Running time: 97 minutes.
To learn more and to view the trailer, visit: http://www.anydaynowmovie.com
About the Guest
TRAVIS FINE (WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR)
In the midst of a successful acting, writing and directing career that began at the age of seven, Travis Fine abruptly left the entertainment business in 2001. Deeply affected by the events of September 11th and seeking a more fulfilling pursuit of his artistic endeavors, he enrolled in flight school and forged a new path as a screenwriting airline pilot.
While Travis was in the flight deck of a commercial airliner on autopilot at 36,000 feet, he developed the story of a hardened flight attendant and an unaccompanied minor who connect amidst the chaos of September 11 into his screenplay "The Space Between". Starring Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo, "The Space Between" had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on the USA Network on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
I'm a huge fan of the gritty, character-driven dramas of the 1970s. And I love stories about unlikely heroes finding love in unlikely places. But, when I first read a script that was written over thirty years ago inspired by a real life flamboyant gay man and the mentally handicapped kid he looked after, I honestly did not know why I was so passionate about bringing the story to the screen. I'm a straight guy with a wife, three healthy kids and a house in the suburbs. And while I have always had a soft spot in my heart for those less fortunate and supported equal rights for all, I have never been overtly political or sought to champion a specific political cause with my filmmaking. And then one day it happened...that "aha" moment when I discovered my very deep rooted and personal connection to the story. I was literally on the floor, sobbing over the parental alienation practiced by my ex-wife that has permanently damaged what was once a close and loving relationship with my oldest daughter. Through the tears that streamed down my face, I asked, "What right does she have to take my child away from me?" In that moment, I understood that Rudy's pain was not unique. It was not a gay pain or a straight pain. It was not a white pain or a black pain. It was not a rich pain or a poor pain. It was the universal pain felt by anyone who has ever had a child they love taken from them against their will. And, in my moment of seemingly unbearable pain that day, I understood why I had to make Any Day Now.
-- Travis Fine