Chasing a Dream

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Chasing a Dream
Written by Bryce Zabel
Jackie Zabel
Directed by David Burton Morris
Starring Andrew Lawrence
Treat Williams
Theme music composer Stephen Graziano
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Kevin Bocarde
Brian Gordon
Larry Levinson
Susan McGuire
Cinematography Brian Shanley
Editor(s) Jennifer Jean Cacavas
Running time 120 minutes
Production company(s) Larry Levinson Productions
Distributor Hallmark Channel
Release
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release
  • April 25, 2009 (2009-04-25)

Chasing a Dream (working title Miles From Nowhere)[1] is a made-for-television movie. Filmed in the Ventura County area of California, the movie premiered on Hallmark Channel on April 25, 2009,[1] and stars Andrew Lawrence and Treat Williams.

Most of the school scenes were filmed at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California. The logos, mascot (Golden Cougars), uniforms, and signage were all the official items for the school.

Plot[edit]

Senior high school football star Cameron is traumatized when his best friend is killed in a car accident that he feels responsible for. When Cam learns that his best friend (a track star) was working on breaking the sub-four minute mile, he decides to honor his friend’s memory by accomplishing the goal for him. Cam is met with strong opposition from his football coach and father Gary, who feels he's throwing his sports opportunities away. The father-son disagreement begins to tear the family apart, but Cam continues to pursue his goal, hoping to put his friend’s memory to rest at last.

Cast[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

The track sequences and high school scenes were filmed on location at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.[2] Some of the running scenes where Cam jogs along the street were filmed on the street outside the Larry Levinson studios, also located in Simi Valley, California. The party scene was filmed in the parking lot of the studio.

Critical reception[edit]

A reviewer at BlogCritics had mixed feelings about the film.

Star Magazine gave it 3 stars, saying that "Lawrence and Williams capture the father-son tension" well, and that Lawrence's performance is "moving." The magazine concludes: "This straightforward drama packs a strong emotional punch."[4]

Most of the school scenes were filmed at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California. The logos, mascot (Golden Cougars), uniforms, and signage were all the official items for the school.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hallmark Channel Press Release: 2/19/2009 Archived April 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Chasing a Dream On Location". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "TV Review: Chasing A Dream". TV Review. 
  4. ^ "Reviews: Chasing a Dream". Star Magazine. 

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