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50/50 HOLLYWOOD is an inspiring new documentary series that sets out to interview 50 artists who've been working for at least 50 years!
50/50 HOLLYWOOD is an inspiring new documentary series that sets out to interview 50 artists who've been working for at least 50 years!
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I figure anyone with 50 years of experience doing anything is worth listening to. My name is Gregory Gast and I'm a producer-editor. I've honed my skills as a documentarian during my years creating mini-biographies for the TV Academy Hall of Fame (Emmys), the Set Decorators Society of America, the US Air Force and others. My passion for Hollywood history and my interest in the story-behind-the-story led me to create 50/50 HOLLYWOOD. It's a documentary series that sets out to showcase the lives of 50 artists who've been working in Hollywood for over 50 years. Famous or not, these people have made significant contributions to their industry, and learned a lot about life. This project gives them a chance to talk about their creativity, their humanity, and their journeys.

*** For snippets of interviews we've already shot, please scroll down below the news items. ***

BREAKING NEWS:

Nicholas Snow Live just interviewed Gregory Gast on his radio talk show about 50/50 Hollywood! Hear it here - http://www.dropbox.com/s/481jbqd5sn71p19/5050RadioInterview-edit.mp3

The Kansas City Star ran a story on Kansas City native Ed Asner appearing in 50/50 Hollywood!

 Studio System News called 50/50 Hollywood the "Most Meaningful Project" on Kickstarter!

Each interview will be cut into a short-form documentary, using film clips and personal photos for illustration. My team and I have interviewed 13 artists so far:

Ed Asner - IMDb / Wikipedia
Joe Cranston - IMDb
Robert Forster - IMDb / Wikipedia
Mariette Hartley - IMDb / Wikipedia
Darryl Hickman - IMDb / Wikipedia
Bo Hopkins - IMDb / Wikipedia
Clint Howard - IMDb / Wikipedia
Rance Howard - IMDb / Wikipedia
Bernie Kopell - IMDb / Wikipedia
Lee Meriwether - IMDb / Wikipedia
Allan Miller - IMDb / Wikipedia
Peggy Stewart - IMDb / Wikipedia
Russ Tamblyn - IMDb / Wikipedia

and hope to be able to continue capturing interviews with at least 37 more intriguing Hollywood veterans!

OUR TEAM:

Gregory Gast, Creator / Quinn Monahan, Director / Emily Hardy, Producer
Gregory Gast, Creator / Quinn Monahan, Director / Emily Hardy, Producer

Gregory Gast (me): Creator, Producer, Editor

Quinn Monahan: Director, Producer, Editor
Quinn has been creating content for broadcast television for over a decade, from the Oscars, to the SAG Awards, to the Miss America Pageant, and more. Born and raised in Los Angeles into a showbiz family, and having worked in all areas of the business, storytelling is practically in his DNA.

Emily Hardy: Producer
Emily can do just about anything. An actor-writer by trade, she got into producing because she can't help rolling up her sleeves to get things done. Whether she's working directly with our interviewees, or creating and supporting behind the scenes, Emily has made herself indispensable.

PHOTOS FROM THE SET:

Ed Asner's Interview!

L to R: Emily Hardy, ED ASNER, Quinn Monahan, Gregory Gast
L to R: Emily Hardy, ED ASNER, Quinn Monahan, Gregory Gast

Lee Meriwether's Interview!

L to R: Gregory Gast, LEE MERIWETHER, Emily Hardy
L to R: Gregory Gast, LEE MERIWETHER, Emily Hardy

 Mariette Hartley's Interview!

L to R: Quinn Monahan, MARIETTE HARTLEY, Gregory Gast
L to R: Quinn Monahan, MARIETTE HARTLEY, Gregory Gast

Risks and challenges

This documentary series is challenging for a couple of reasons. First, we are losing more veterans of the business every year, so we need to act swiftly. Second, we are a small team right now, and the finances needed to create 50 short-form documentaries are formidable. However, the quality of the show we're creating will attract investors as soon as we have a couple episodes finished as demos. We are all highly skilled in this kind of work, and each has a heart for the subject matter. We are confident that with some production funds we can keep moving forward.

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    THE TOTE BAG: Our official 50/50 Hollywood canvas tote bag, so you can carry your groceries home in style! ... (with) ... THE MUG: Our official ceramic 50/50 Hollywood coffee mug of your favorite docu series! ... (with) ... THE T-SHIRT: Our official all-cotton 50/50 Hollywood t-shirt in your favorite size! ... (with) ... THE GLOSSY: A high-quality 8x10 glossy print of a still from your favorite interview! ... (with) ... THE STILLS: Three (3) high-quality 4x6 prints of stills from any of your favorite interviews! ... (with) ... THE POSTCARD: An old-school shout-out - a special 50/50 Hollywood postcard will be mailed to you with a personalized on-the-set story from the interview of your choosing! ... (with) ... THE EPISODE: You get to suggest an interviewee for an episode of 50/50 Hollywood! The actor must be professionally active in Hollywood for at least 50 years (and if you have an "in" with the person, we're more likely to be able to book 'em)! ... (with) ... THE PHOTO TAG: Your picture will be added to 50/50 Hollywood's Facebook photo album of special backers! ... (plus) ... THE STATUS: A more wordy declaration of gratitude on Facebook! ... (and) ... THE TWEET: A short-but-sweet shout-out on Twitter!

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    THE BIO: Your personal biography and photo will be listed on our upcoming official 50/50 Hollywood website as a special high-level donor! ... (with) ... THE TOTE BAG: Our official 50/50 Hollywood canvas tote bag, so you can carry your groceries home in style! ... (with) ... THE MUG: Our official ceramic 50/50 Hollywood coffee mug of your favorite docu series! ... (with) ... THE T-SHIRT: Our official all-cotton 50/50 Hollywood t-shirt in your favorite size! ... (with) ... THE GLOSSY: A high-quality 8x10 glossy print of a still from your favorite interview! ... (with) ... THE STILLS: Three (3) high-quality 4x6 prints of stills from any of your favorite interviews! ... (with) ... THE POSTCARD: An old-school shout-out - a special 50/50 Hollywood postcard will be mailed to you with a personalized on-the-set story from the interview of your choosing! ... (with) ... THE EPISODE: You get to suggest an interviewee for an episode of 50/50 Hollywood! The actor must be professionally active in Hollywood for at least 50 years (and if you have an "in" with the person, we're more likely to be able to book 'em)! ... (with) ... THE PHOTO TAG: Your picture will be added to 50/50 Hollywood's Facebook photo album of special backers! ... (plus) ... THE STATUS: A more wordy declaration of gratitude on Facebook! ... (and) ... THE TWEET: A short-but-sweet shout-out on Twitter!

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    THE AUTOGRAPHS: Three (3) autographed 8x10 headshots with personalized messages from any of your favorite 50/50 Hollywood interviewees! ... (with) ... THE BIO: Your personal biography and photo will be listed on our upcoming official 50/50 Hollywood website as a special high-level donor! ... (with) ... THE TOTE BAG: Our official 50/50 Hollywood canvas tote bag, so you can carry your groceries home in style! ... (with) ... THE MUG: Our official ceramic 50/50 Hollywood coffee mug of your favorite docu series! ... (with) ... THE T-SHIRT: Our official all-cotton 50/50 Hollywood t-shirt in your favorite size! ... (with) ... THE GLOSSY: A high-quality 8x10 glossy print of a still from your favorite interview! ... (with) ... THE STILLS: Three (3) high-quality 4x6 prints of stills from any of your favorite interviews! ... (with) ... THE POSTCARD: An old-school shout-out - a special 50/50 Hollywood postcard will be mailed to you with a personalized on-the-set story from the interview of your choosing! ... (with) ... THE EPISODE: You get to suggest an interviewee for an episode of 50/50 Hollywood! The actor must be professionally active in Hollywood for at least 50 years (and if you have an "in" with the person, we're more likely to be able to book 'em)! ... (with) ... THE PHOTO TAG: Your picture will be added to 50/50 Hollywood's Facebook photo album of special backers! ... (plus) ... THE STATUS: A more wordy declaration of gratitude on Facebook! ... (and) ... THE TWEET: A short-but-sweet shout-out on Twitter!

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    THE LUNCH: A lunch in Los Angeles for you and a friend with the producers of the show and a "Special Mystery Guest" from one of the episodes of 50/50 Hollywood! (Transportation to Los Angeles is not included.) ... (along with) ... THE AUTOGRAPHS: Three (3) autographed 8x10 headshots with personalized messages from any of your favorite 50/50 Hollywood interviewees! ... (with) ... THE BIO: Your personal biography and photo will be listed on our upcoming official 50/50 Hollywood website as a special high-level donor! ... (with) ... THE TOTE BAG: Our official 50/50 Hollywood canvas tote bag, so you can carry your groceries home in style! ... (with) ... THE MUG: Our official ceramic 50/50 Hollywood coffee mug of your favorite docu series! ... (with) ... THE T-SHIRT: Our official all-cotton 50/50 Hollywood t-shirt in your favorite size! ... (with) ... THE GLOSSY: A high-quality 8x10 glossy print of a still from your favorite interview! ... (with) ... THE STILLS: Three (3) high-quality 4x6 prints of stills from any of your favorite interviews! ... (with) ... THE POSTCARD: An old-school shout-out - a special 50/50 Hollywood postcard will be mailed to you with a personalized on-the-set story from the interview of your choosing! ... (with) ... THE EPISODE: You get to suggest an interviewee for an episode of 50/50 Hollywood! The actor must be professionally active in Hollywood for at least 50 years (and if you have an "in" with the person, we're more likely to be able to book 'em)! ... (with) ... THE PHOTO TAG: Your picture will be added to 50/50 Hollywood's Facebook photo album of special backers! ... (plus) ... THE STATUS: A more wordy declaration of gratitude on Facebook! ... (and) ... THE TWEET: A short-but-sweet shout-out on Twitter!

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