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Friday, August 09, 2013
TOMMY CHONG to Star as “Gawd”
Los Angeles – 8 August 2013 – Wow and Flutter Media Group announced today that Tommy Chong, one-half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong will star in the feature comedy, “It’s Gawd!”
“Desperate to save the world, (and his job), the creator of Earth journeys to the planet to reconnect with mankind- via an internet variety show.” Billed as an irreverent comedy with a heart, the film offers an entirely fresh interpretation of the divine. “It’s a rebellious call to action that endeavors to inspire a troubled world through humor and music”, said Gerald Brunskill, the film’s writer and director. He credits, Neale Donald Walsch’s best-seller, Conversations with God as the inspiration for writing the script.
The movie also stars Rebecca Mader of ABC’s Lost fame who recently appeared with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3. The movie is written and will be directed by first-timer Gerald (Jerry) Brunskill and will be produced by Brunskill’s Wow and Flutter Media Group which he helms with Partner and Producer Ryan Rees. Rees will Produce along with Adam O’Connor. Ruchir Garg will Executive Produce and Jennifer Birn is casting and co-producing.
It’s Gawd! marks Chong’s first full-length feature since 1984’s, “Cheech and Chong’s the Corsican Brothers” and will be the first time that he appears in a starring role without his long-time partner, Cheech Marin.
“I guess you could say I had my spiritual awakening while I was in Prison. I liked (Jerry’s) take on God combined with the comedy” said Chong. “If you look at the world today as it is, you gotta think only a stoner could’ve put that together.”
Chong, who spent nine months in a federal penitentiary for selling bongs and marijuana pipes was last featured in “aka Tommy Chong”, a documentary film that chronicles his experience and is critical of the prosecution of Chong by the U.S. federal government.
“There was never anybody else for this role.” offers Brunskill. “Tommy Chong is the perfect blend of whimsy, wisdom, and counter-culture. I think people are going to fall in love with ￼￼him all over again when they see this movie.”
Brunskill, also an accomplished musician and film composer, came up with the idea while touring with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the wildly popular book series, Conversations with God. “I found the trials of integrating and observing a spiritually conscious lifestyle from a tour bus hysterical. Ultimately it served as the perfect inspiration with which to share these sorts of messages with an audience that wouldn’t normally be exposed to them.”
“This movie is going to surprise and resonate with a lot of people,” Chong ads. Cameras are set to roll in September of this year in Los Angeles.
About Tommy Chong
Thomas B. Kin Chong is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech and Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox’s That ‘70’s Show.
About Gerald Brunskill
Gerald Brunskill is a writer, director, and composer. He has scored hundred hours of episodic television and has also written and directed several television pilots. He is currently involved in multiple projects in both the scripted and non-scripted space. This will be his first full-length feature as director.
About Wow and Flutter Media Group
Wow and Flutter Media Group is a full-service production company that Brunskill and Rees launched in 2006. WFM has been involved in the production of over 30 films including, “The Wackness” starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck, “Tyson”, a documentary about Mike Tyson, and “World’s Greatest Dad” written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams.