THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG
A psychiatrist risks all to expose a corrupt drug company.
Described as Erin Brockovich meets The Constant Gardener, THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG is based on a true story that involves greed, power, lies, tragedy, danger, and death. It is also an inspirational and spiritual story, with themes of overcoming personal loss and personal redemption. The entirety of Psalm 46 is in the screenplay, which is written by Doug Bremner and Cathy Reinking.
Renzon Pharmaceuticals aren’t about to let a psychiatrist get in the way of their billion dollar a year miracle cure for acne. So when Dr. Johnny Forteo dares to question the potentially lethal side effect of their drug, Synoderm, they pull out the stops, ultimately leaving him jobless, friendless, wifeless – but not, completely hopeless.
Drawn into the medication controversy as an unwilling participant, he learns that he must confront the lies and deception in his own life before he can confront the lies and deceptions of others. With nothing left to lose, he goes on a journey to revisit a tragedy from his own past. Along the way he is joined by Ginny Bellaconda, the bereaved mother at the center of ongoing litigation with Renzon. When he unearths more painful secrets and deceptions that parallel those he has discovered in the pharmaceutical company, his voyage of self-discovery gives him strength to resume his struggle, now joined by Ginny, leading to the ultimate tumultuous conclusion.
From Amazon reader reviews of the well-reviewed non-fiction version of The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg:
“An indictment of the pharmaceutical industry... illuminates the greed and unscrupulous nature of pharmaceutical companies and their market driven interests.”
“A compelling and spell-binding narrative which fuses the personal and social in a heroic quest.”
“I was so fascinated (and horrified) once I started reading, I finished the book in a single day.”
We are scheduled to film next month, have all of the actors under contract, and need $650,000 to get over the finish line and make this film. We hired Cathy Reinking, the casting director for “Arrested Development” and “Frasier”, to cast the film and co-write the script. The cast is attached, and includes Gary Weeks in the lead role of Dr Johnny Forteo, Tony award-winning Broadway star Elizabeth Stanley (musicals for Bridges of Madison County, On the Town, and Downton Abbey, Arye Gross (Minority Report), Lorraine Farris (Natural Born Killers), Cynthia Watros (the “criminal” Libby Smith on Lost), Holley Fain (Dr Laurie Canner on Grey’s Anatomy, Maureen on Gossip Girls), and Peri Gilpin (Roz on Frasier, Kim Keeler on Make It or Break It).
Top L to R: Gary Weeks (Dr Johnny Forteo), Elizabeth Stanley (Ginny the bereaved mother), Arye Gross (plaintiff's attorney Red Leghorn). Middle Row: Holley Fain (university lawyer Kirsten), Cynthia Watros (Renzon lawyer Crystal), Peri Gilpin (university dean Watkins). Lower Role: Lorraine Farris (Isabella Forteo), Sarah Jolly (Lucia Forteo), Darryl Dillard (PI Frank)
Our Executive Producers are Neil Shulman MD (writer/producer of Doc Hollywood starring Michael J Fox, author and promoter of healthcare consumer rights and medical volunteerism, and Founder of the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit), "the real" Patch Adams MD (subject of the film of the same name starring the late Robin Williams and Director of the Gesundheit Institute who has been clowning and healing through laughter for 40 years), Viola Vaccarino MD PhD, Chris Mills, and myself. Ten percent of profits from the film will go to non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting better mental healthcare and medical treatment, including the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, which supports research free of pharmaceutical industry influence and education in wholistic recovery from mental illnes, and Dr Patch Adams Free Hospital for a holistic community of healing that is currently under construction in West Virginia.
Risks and challenges
The major risk of making an independent film is that something could go wrong that would prevent the completion of the production. This would include something like a tragic accident during the filming, or the death, illness or injury of a key cast or crew member. There is also the risk of production cost overruns. That is dealt with by having an on-site production accountant who will monitor spending daily to make sure the project comes in on budget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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