NIGHTLIGHTS Lands on Lifetime Tonight
April 6, 2015 by Mike McNamara
Great news for yet another Chicago-made feature as NIGHTLIGHTS lands on the Lifetime Movie Network tonight at 7 pm Central. NIGHTLIGHTS is a story about friendship, love, and the powerful stories of families living with autism.
"It all happened really quickly, actually," said producer Keaton Wooden. "The connection to Lifetime was made through our distributor Indican. They pushed it through, we think Lifetime is the perfect fit for this film and we couldn't be more thrilled."
Cast includes west coast talent Shawna Waldron with Chicago theatre stalwart Stephen Louis Grush and a supporting cast of Chicago talent that includes Stage Left Theatre ensemble member Kate Black, Leslie Easterbrook and Jeff Garretson. NIGHTLIGHTS is directed and co-written by David Midell, co-written by Nick Izzo and Adam Dick and produced by Midell, Dick and Chicago producer Keaton Wooden.
In NIGHTLIGHTS, Erin Logan (Waldron) lives with and provides for her twin brother Jacob (Grush), who is severely affected by autism. After she stumbles into chances for love and friendship, she is forced to confront what it means to have a good life, and whether she can care for her brother and for herself at the same time.
Wooden added, "The goal for NIGHTLIGHTS has always been to make a powerful story and second of all to create awareness of the "non-Hollywood version" of autism and the families that deal with it on a daily basis. Showing the film to a national audience is what we wanted from the beginning. This is a homerun for us, both professionally and artistically. We are reaching the audience we want to reach, we're saying what we want to say and we're doing it on our terms."
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.