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Friday, June 14, 2024

Vancouver filmmaker teams up with Academy Award winner on new feature

Patrick Stark teams up with Allie Light to co-direct Any Wednesday

Making headlines in 2015 in his quest to overcome a phobia of singing in front of crowds, Patrick Stark aimed high. Rather than opting for karaoke or a local bar, he set his sights on singing alongside one of the world’s biggest rock bands, U2.  Capturing his journey on film, the result is the soon-to-be-released documentary, One Life No Regrets.

With his documentary film now almost complete, Stark is changing gears and will produce and co-direct Any Wednesday, alongside Academy Award-winning director, Allie Light.

Light is best known for her 1991 documentary In the Shadow of the Stars, which garnered her and her late husband, Irving Saraf, an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Any Wednesday tells the story of 79-year-old Agnes, in the early stages of dementia, and C’Mo, a 25-year-old African American war veteran, homeless and suffering from PTSD. When Agnes fails to return from choir practice, her husband and son fear the worst. But she and C’Mo meet and embark on a journey together, Agnes struggling to remember, C’Mo struggling to forget. 

“The film brings together the most unlikely travel companions, who connect through their common difficulties and form a bond that vanquishes their differences”, says Light. “Think Driving Miss Daisy, but with her at the wheel.”

The film is based on the real-life story of David Lundstedt’s mother, Light’s son-in-law. He and Light’s daughter, Julia Hilder, are also the film’s co-producers.

“A chance to work side-by-side with a master filmmaker and help realize an original storyline doesn’t come along every day,” says Stark. “These are complex characters in an extremely unusual situation.”

Any Wednesday will star Mary Black (Man of Steel) and Shane Dean (Rogue, Fear the Walking Dead). Shooting is scheduled around the Lower Mainland this month.

The film’s release date has yet to be announced.

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