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Frank Capra Award to be presented at film festival

FALLBROOK – “Man in the Chair,” a moving film written and directed by Michael Schroeder has been honored with the first annual Frank Capra Award for the “Most Uplifting Film” chosen for the Fallbrook Film Festival. Frank Capra III, grandson of the legendary director Frank Capra, will present the award.

The 107-minute film will be screened on Friday, April 9, at the Ultra-Star Cinema in Bonsall River Village from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Immediately following the screening, Mr. Capra will present the award to Michael Schroeder, the director and also script writer of the film.

Following the award presentation will be the opening night reception at the festival headquarters. Tickets are required for both the screening and the reception; however VIP pass holders may attend any of the festival events.

Rex Reed had this to say about “Man in the Chair,” “Everyone involved should be saluted. At a time when most films wallow in mankind’s basest instincts, “Man in the Chair” is a rare, once-in-a-blue-moon kind of movie that celebrates the best qualities in people and makes you applaud the human race.”

Man in the Chair offers comedy, drama and several underlying messages about friendship and respect for life. Schroeder’s script is brilliant and the conversation fresh and poignant. The writer/director does his best to draw the viewer into the decaying world of the ignored and lonely elderly.

“Man in the Chair” is rated PG-13 for language, but is a film most anyone will enjoy. It is a film that illustrates the fact that sometimes friendships are more important than personal success. It is a film that reaches into the soul of those who have lost hope in ever achieving again, to bring hope that if you can dream of achieving, there is a way to achieve that dream.

Schroeder to present workshop

Schroeder, an award-winning writer as well as director, has made over 46 feature films and has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1982. Recognized as a director who could deliver a quality film on time, he will present a workshop entitled, “Hollywood: Adapt or Die,” in the Suite 210 Screening Room from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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