"Courtney presented by Toyota of Stuart"
Premiere: Tartan Road Film Festival (April 08, 2006)
The documentary film COURTNEY is the heartwarming true story of Courtney Rice, a seventeen year old high school student from Florida who died suddenly from Reye's Syndrome.
COURTNEY features family photos and videos, as well as testimonies from parents and friends.
Health-care professionals discuss the signs and symptoms of Reye's Syndrome, and the importance of an early diagnosis. A medical doctor and pharmacist discuss aspirin as a trigger for Reye's.
Courtney had what her friends describe as 'the voice of an angel.' They believe telling her story could help save other young lives from the sudden and relentless killer known as Reye's Syndrome.
If but one young life is saved, Courtney will not have died in vain. Instead, her legacy will be one of great love.
To learn more about Reye's Syndrome, please click here.
Fuzzy Little People
This film offers an unflinching look at the plight of shelter animals in America, while offering insights into the hallmarks of responsible pet ownership.
The film also provides an overview of the many attractive animals presently in shelters awaiting a caring family and loving home.
Featuring Alicia Emerson, DVM, and Kate Thomas
Animal co-stars include Don Pablo Chihuahua, Bandit T. Siamese, Milo Bigcat, and Leo The Little Lion.
"Audience Choice Award": Daytona Beach Film Festival
Short Feature, You On Demand: Bright House Network, Orlando, FL
To visit the Halifax Humane Society website, please click here.
To visit the Israel Cat Lovers' Society website in Haifa, Israel, click here.
Eyewitness To History
When he was ten years old, Armin Lehmann joined the Hitler Youth. Six years later, he would find himself trapped in the Berlin bunker with Adolf Hitler.
Lehmann delivers a riveting eyewitness account of the collapse of The Third Reich from a unique historical vantage point.
Director Gary Lester weaves powerful images into the unscripted narration and transports the viewer into the dark world that was Nazi Germany.
Eyewitness To History screened at the Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea; The Non-violence International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada; and won the "Best Documentary" award at the Daytona Beach Film Festival.
To see the entire 25 minute film on IMDb, please click here.
The Cleansing is a short documentary film about a woman who discovers a new level of psychic awareness after a near-death experience.
Director Gary Lester explores the world of the paranormal, as a research team (Author Charlie Carlson and well-known medium Susan Thompson) investigates unusual occurrences in the woman's home.
The film concludes with a "house cleansing" which results in immediate relief and peace of mind.
Screened at the Daytona Beach Film Festival and "Night of the Paranormal" at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL.
To see the film on IMDb, click here.
Deliver Us From Evil
Deliver Us From Evil offers the gripping stories of two women caught up in the Holocaust.
Claire Soria describes how an elderly Christian couple in Belgium takes her into their home, gives her an assumed identity, and hides her from the Gestapo.
Asia Doliner also takes on an assumed identity, witnesses the Polish Ghetto uprising, and eventually is caught and shipped off to two concentration camps.
The film includes rare color footage smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
An audience of 10,000 attended the premiere at the Daytona Beach Jewish Heritage Festival in April, 2008.
The film has also screened at the Non-violence International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada and won the Audience Choice Award at the Daytona Beach Film Festival on the same weekend.
Demand for the film has been heavy since its release, and copies of the DVD are now in museums in Belgium, Germany, and Israel.
Deliver Us From Evil also aired on national television in Israel with Hebrew subtitles in May, 2008, and won a prestigious Crystal Reel Award from the Florida Motion Picture & Television Association in August, 2008.
To see a clip from the film on IMDb, click here.
Henry Blackhart is Dead
According to the neighbors, some pretty strange things are happening at the old Blackhart house.
When writer Andrew Merritt (Charlie Carlson), calls in real-life Spookhunter Owen Sliter, he sets off a chain reaction that knows no equal in the spirit world.
Among the living and the dead who become riled up during the group's foray are a strange hoodoo lady (Dot Diehl), an uptight medium (Julie Powell), and even the long-dead Henry Blackhart himself!
To see the entire film on IMDb, click here.
Bogart & Friends
Another series of heart-warming animal tales hit the Central Florida cable TV network during the summer of 2008 with Bogart & Friends.
The DVD features a re-release of our popular story about the plight of shelter animals, Fuzzy Little People.
Then, our cameras travel to the natural homes of some very personable turtles, ducks, and geese in the Happy Habitats segment.
The featured story is about an African grey parrot named Bogart.
This little guy is truly a miracle bird who survived every mishap known to the feathery world -- from a near drowning to a violent hawk attack in which his neck was broken.
The story has a happy ending, however, as Bogart returns to his loving ways, once again calling his owner "Mom."
To see the film on IMDb, click here.
Safe Haven: The Warsaw Zoo
In the opening days of World War II, the Nazis occupy Warsaw. In a display of extraordinary courage and commitment, Zookeeper Jan Zabinski decides to hide the city's most endangered residents in his home. Before war's end, the Warsaw Zoo will become a safe haven for 300 Jewish men, women, and children.
A film about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
To view a trailer on the film's IMDb web-page, click here.
A Night With Johnny Duncan
Live At The Athens Theatre
Hollywood legend Johnny Duncan takes a stroll down Memory Lane, live at the historic Athens Theatre in DeLand, Florida.
During his nostalgic half-hour tour of yesteryear, Johnny takes a humorous look at life among Tinseltown's rich and famous, including Audie Murphy, Lana Turner, and Alan Ladd.
Johnny Duncan is best remembered for his roles with The East Side Kids, and as Robin in the 1949 serial Batman & Robin.
On stage at The Athens, Johnny takes his last public bow, before heading back to his family -- and life on his ranch.
To view the trailer on IMDb, please click here.
The Weatherwax Legacy
A co-production of Blue Heron International Pictures and Weatherwax Trained Dogs
Bob Weatherwax shares stories about his family, which has included some of the world's most famous animal trainers, and given Hollywood such beloved characters as Asta, Toto, and Lassie.
To see still photos from the film, please visit IMDb.
Gary Lester's short thriller was originally created as a five minute film for a Producers Guild of America project.
The original five minute version screened at the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Film Festival in Palm Bay, Florida.
The expanded version premiered at the Treasure Coast international Film Festival, and also screened at the Daytona Beach Film festival.
The film stars John Martino (The Godfather) and Stephanie Mason-Teague (Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned)
OUR FOREVER FRIENDS
Meet the most lovable critters, the caring humans who own them, and the dedicated volunteers who care for them -- in one of the most unusual love stories ever filmed.
Stars Beverly Washburn (Old Yeller) and Charlie Carlson (Weird Florida).
A new short film from
Blue Heron & LCM Entertainment
Written, produced, and directed by Gary Lester.
"The cat is just the beginning!"
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HOLLYWOOD & BEYOND
The Johnny Martino Story
In the 1950's, Johnny rode the rock and roll wave with a hit song on Dick Clark's Bandstand.
In Hollywood, Johnny was soon cast as Paulie, Marlon Brando's bodyguard, in the iconic film, The Godfather.
His race to movie stardom proved to be even more spectacular than his instant fame as a singer.
Today, Johnny is racing toward a new goal. He has been to Hollywood. Now he is ready to go beyond.
Stars Johnny Martino, with original music by Richard Stepp and Johnny Baron.
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