55 Holly Star

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Release Date: to be announced

Status: Pre-production

Director: Michael A. Nickles

Screenwriter: Michael A. Nickles

Genre: Comedy, Drama
About the film:
Sean McFadden is not what you’d call a risk-taker. An aspiring executive, his credo is "Money Matters Most", and his idea of living on the edge is letting his desk get low on paperclips in the middle of the week. He’s got a good job, an ambitious girlfriend and a comfortable Chicago apartment that he shares with his roommate, Speck. On top of that, his boss has given him tickets to a Bulls game. Life is good. That is until Sean tries to win 500,000 dollars in the half-time free throw contest. In front of his coworkers, the whole stadium and a nationwide t.v. audience, Sean fails to sink a single basket. The next day he is fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend. Humiliated, unemployed and single, Sean seeks solace in a nearby bar. At the end of the night, the cab he hails home is car-jacked by a thug and driven straight into an oncoming train. Sean’s life flashes before his eyes and suddenly he remembers a night – twenty four years ago – when his grandfather buried a sack full of cash somewhere in Chicago. Sean survives the accident relatively unharmed but with an unwavering conviction to uncover that "lost memory" and find the money his grandfather buried. To that end, he recruits his roommate Speck to assist him. The only clue they’ve got is in Grandpa McFadden’s cryptic dying words: "55 Holly Star". After a string of dead ends, Sean resorts to putting himself purposefully in harm’s way, seeking another Near Death Experience and, he hopes, another clue. Meanwhile, to make ends meet, Sean takes a job selling Christmas trees with his childhood friend, Gina Gioletti. There is a spark between Gina and Sean that might ignite into a romance if Sean’s lack of confidence doesn’t continually stand in the way. When Gina discovers that Sean is trying to "cheat death" in order to find money, she is alarmed and disgusted. By the time Sean pieces together the mystery of that fateful night and is finally able to answer the question "What is 55 Holly Star?", a more important thought has formed in his brain: Perhaps money doesn’t matter as much as he thinks. In fact, in some situations, maybe it doesn’t even matter at all.


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