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LADDIE: the untold story of the movie mogul who green lit Star Wars. And Blade Runner. And Alien. And Police Academy. And... Read more

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LADDIE: the untold story of the movie mogul who green lit Star Wars. And Blade Runner. And Alien. And Police Academy. And...

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Until now, Alan Ladd Jr. has remained virtually invisible—ironic, as he is the man with the Midas touch, perpetually finding and transforming untapped talent into household names. LADDIE will change all that, finally shining a spotlight on this invisible man, familiarizing the world with the behind-the-scenes mogul responsible for their favorite films and the existence of their favorite stars. Revealed by some of the most celebrated and iconic names today, LADDIE tells the story of the wild, breakout success of the man behind the icons—a story with the potential to draw the widest possible global audience.

Drawing inspiration from documentaries including MY ARCHITECT and the KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, our story will be told through a combination of exciting visuals and anecdotal interviews conducted by our director, Laddie’s daughter, Amanda. Completed interviews include George Lucas, Ron Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck, Mel Brooks, Richard Donner and many more.

Interwoven with our visually arresting images and interviews will be a rare (and in some cases, exclusive) look at many of the most influential films, actors, and filmmakers of the last 50 years. Hours of interviews with Laddie himself will provide footage and voiceover underscoring our narrative.

Through these rare personal stories, audiences will meet one of Hollywood’s biggest power brokers and join Amanda on a journey of discovery about her father—learning how this private, soft-spoken man became the mighty mogul known to all of Hollywood as “Laddie.”

Your Kickstarter contribution will help us scale major financial hurdles: 

  • Funding to film four more interviews in and out of California.
  • Music and film clip rights and clearances. 
  • Finishing costs including color correction, audio mix, final editing, etc. 
  • Film festival costs, promotion, advertising, and marketing. Without alloting for this, we won’t be able to share LADDIE with the rest of the world.

We love you because you visited our Kickstarter page.

We love you because you’re still reading.

We are making this movie because Laddie is a movie mogul unlike any other. We believe his stories—the stories behind his films, the artists, and the journey of Laddie himself—must be told.

We love you because with your generous support, Laddie will no longer be the most influential movie mogul you’ve never heard of.  

AMANDA LADD-JONES  - DIRECTOR/PRODUCER  Screenwriter Amanda Ladd Jones is Alan Ladd, Jr.’s youngest daughter from his first marriage. She was born in London November 14, 1972, six weeks before Laddie moved the entire family back to LA to begin his famously successful stint at 20th Century Fox. Amanda’s film education began at a very young age, seated on the floor of her father’s screening room while he ran movies for the industry’s most accomplished filmmakers. Between spending time on that screening room floor and visiting her dad at the office and on set, Amanda gained an insight into filmmaking to rival even the best film schools. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, Amanda moved to New York City where she attended college and worked freelance in film and television production, carving out time between jobs to write. Eventually, Amanda’s writing career led her back to Los Angeles where she graduated from UCLA’s accredited screenwriting program. Her most recent script, LAID OUT was optioned by 3311 Productions. She lives in Silver Lake with her husband and daughter.

RICH BUHRMAN - PRODUCER Emmy Award Winner, Peabody Award Winner, and ten-time Emmy-Nominated Producer Rich Buhrman began his production career in New York City after graduating college, working on TV programs including The Montel Williams Show, It’s Showtime at The Apollo, and Disney’s Bear in the Big Blue House. Chasing his Hollywood dreams, Rich packed his life in his car in 1998 and headed West. He found great success in Los Angeles, hired on projects for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MTV, VH1, FUSE, BRAVO, OXYGEN, and IFC. In 2004, Rich joined TV production company Magical Elves, most famous for mega-hits Project Runway and Top Chef. Named Executive Vice President of Production and CFO for Magical Elves, Rich also served as Co-Executive Producer on Project Greenlight, Project Runway, Top Chef, Treasure Hunters and several others. In January of 2010, Rich founded Beach Cruiser, a full-service production company focused on developing and producing documentary, variety, and reality projects for film and television. Rich, originally from Connecticut, now lives in Redondo Beach, the home of Beach Cruiser Productions.

NATASHA KLIBANSKY - PRODUCER Natasha Klibansky’s career in film and television has spanned a broad spectrum of genres over more than a decade, allowing her to work closely with some of today’s biggest names in entertainment. Formerly Vice President of Development at Alan Ladd Jr.’s Ladd Company, Natasha began her career assisting Michael J. Fox at his Lottery Hill Entertainment and TV’s SPIN CITY in New York City, continuing as he launched his Parkinson’s foundation and began his memoir, LUCKY MAN. A position with Reese Witherspoon brought Natasha to Los Angeles in 2002, before she joined Oscar-Winning Producer Douglas Wick at his Sony-based Red Wagon Entertainment. There, Natasha was immersed in Wick’s diverse 40+project development slate and all phases of production of five films in under three years: PETER PAN, TAD HAMILTON, BEWITCHED, JARHEAD, and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. Before joining Ladd, Natasha worked with HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG writer/director Vadim Perelman as he wrote his film adaptation of THE GIVER. Natasha graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a B.S. in Journalism.

CHIP MAURO - EDITOR/CO-PRODUCER Chip Mauro, a native of Chicago IL, first discovered his unique talent for storytelling at age 10 while documenting what would become his decade-long career as the drummer of nationally touring rock band, Left Undone. After earning his degree in Television Film and Radio at the University of Wisconsin in 2003, Chip founded TVMJ Productions, a full-service production company specializing in editorial post production with additional services in branding, website design, animation and motion graphics as well as commercial and music video production. His clients include WNBC NY, The Howard Buffett Foundation, CBS 2 Chicago, Free Range Studios, The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, NextGen Aeronautics, Saber es Poder, and Sunrise Brands. Chip’s most recent documentary work includes Emmy-nominated CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: THE LEGACY OF PAT BROWN, and the Discovery Channel’s THE WOMAN WHO WASN’T THERE. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his actress girlfriend and their French bulldog, Franklin Blue.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for LADDIE is, and has always been, financial. From our illustrious interviewees to our amazing team, there is no lack of enthusiasm for--or commitment to--our project. Unfortunately, without proper funding, we have been forced to work on the project in small segments with long periods of inactivity in between. Your contribution to our successful Kickstarter campaign will enable us to dedicate the necessary time and resources to complete LADDIE on a strict, deadline-driven schedule.

The greatest risk facing LADDIE is that stories like his never get told. Help us make sure that doesn't happen. You won't regret it!

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    STAR WARS ORIGINAL TRILOGY DVD Box Sets Episodes 4-6 AUTOGRAPHED BY LADD AND LUCAS! Bonus box set Star Wars Episodes 1-3. This is the perfect gift for the Star Wars collector in your life! These box sets were donated by George Lucas and they are EXCLUSIVE to this campaign. There are only going to be two sets offered as a reward. Each set comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the director, Amanda Ladd-Jones. In addition you will receive one 27" by 40" STAR WARS poster autographed by Laddie, one Thank You Screen Credit in your name, one piece of vintage-style Ladd Company apparel, one signed DVD of LADDIE, one digital download of the complete film, one promo card and a Thank You Email from the team. See Photos.

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