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‘Journeys’ of the heart


MILFORD, PA — The daughter of a beloved and respected attorney recently returned to Milford to scout potential locations for a movie that will be filmed in the town beginning in fall 2012. The film honors the memory of the father she calls, “the most amazing man I’ve ever known.”

Sidney L. Krawitz was born in Hawley and later lived in Milford, where he practiced law and won the devotion of many who still express fond remembrances of the man. Returning to Milford during the Black Bear Film Festival, Gallagher was deeply moved at the warm and positive responses from many community members at the mention of her father’s name.

“I’m privileged to tell this story,” said Gallagher. “My father gave so much to so many people.”

Krawitz lived to be 90 and died 10 years ago, but left lasting impressions on those who turned to him for help. “He was compassionate, generous, smart, intuitive and had a fabulous sense of humor,” said Gallagher. “If he met someone and sensed that they needed a break, he gave it to them.”

A similar scenario led to the experience around which Gallagher wrote the screenplay for the film. “Journeys” is based on a true story about love, friendship, betrayal, power and money. The bones of the story are based on actual events.

In 1949, a penniless widow turns to a brilliant young attorney for assistance, but in his determination to help her, he discovers a multi-million dollar estate that forces them both to redefine the meaning of love, trust, family, betrayal and forgiveness.

The film will be shot in and around Milford and possible filming locations under consideration include Grey Towers National Historic Site, the Hotel Fauchere, Pine Forest Camp in Greeley and various homes and other structures in Milford. “This will be a film that is part of this exquisite town,” said Gallagher.

“To return to the beautiful place where I grew up and make this film to honor the memory of my amazing father is truly a full circle moment for me,” Gallagher said. “Everything I need to shoot this film authentically is still in Milford and the surrounding area, thanks to the wisdom and hard work of the town and county leadership to preserve the architecture, historical buildings and history. And there’s the river, the constant river, which is a central character in the tonality of the film.”

Gallagher will draw on her extensive musical background to collaborate on the creation of the music for the film and said the river plays a role in this as well. “It’s part of the musical journey I’m on, the crafting of this score. The river will be part of it.”

Gallagher will be looking for antique autos from the period of 1897 to 1949 for the film. She and the team with which she is working are also seeking funding of 2.5 million to complete the project. The community is invited to contribute or to participate in other ways. “I want the town to know that we can’t do it without them,” she said.

Gallagher is serving as screenwriter, executive producer and director of the film. She is a seasoned writer and author, producer, musician, business executive, ASCAP composer, lyricist, and SAG/AFTRA actor, is a 2009 Screenwriting Fellow of the American Film Institute and the winner of a 2008 Filmanthrophy Short Film Scholarship and 2009 Sloan Scholarship Award.

Gallagher is president of the film and television production company Moonlight Man Productions, Inc. She also produced the weekly syndicated print column “The Inner Bottom Line” and authored the book “The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life” in 2004. Now based in Santa Monica, CA, Gallagher can be reached at production@moonlightman.com or 323/836.5604.

One of the film’s local team members is Troy Bystrom, chairman of the Pocono Film Commission based in Pike County. “The Pocono Film Commission is assisting the production in finding locations and local services for the shoot in the fall of 2012,” said Bystrom. “The 2.5 million dollar film will provide local economic development and crew jobs on the production as well as promoting the area in a positive light.” Local realtor Davis R. Chant will also assist in funding efforts related to the film. For information contact Bystrom at 646/236-3400 or troy@poconofilm.org.

“This film is my heartbeat,” said Gallagher. “It’s a great honor to do this in memory of my father. We want this to be a satisfying and joyful experience for everyone involved.”