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Years after a missed opportunity with his hero, Adam Sandler, a determined filmmaker goes on a quest to recapture what could have been.

FINDING SANDLER

Everybody has a moment in their life where they wish they could hit the rewind button.

We are pleased to present an exclusive clip from FINDING SANDLER! 

Throughout our lives we all face many obstacles. It's how we deal with these obstacles that makes us who we are today. Hard times are like a hurricane - they twist, turn & knock us around...but in the end we come out stronger and better than before. This metaphor is what Finding Sandler is all about. 

Please enjoy our 2nd Exclusive Clip from FINDING SANDLER!

"I get by with a little help from my friends" is an understatement. My friends are my lifeline. They keep me sane and grounded. I've been told that people come in and out of your life for specific reasons - to help you grow and teach you more about what your life journey is about. Well, the universe has been on my side as I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing team of comrades.

FINDING HELP features the men who dedicated their time and energy throughout the filming of Finding Sandler. Without them, this quest would not have begun. I owe them lifelong gratitude and my availability anytime they want to have a drink! 

FINDING SANDLER STORY

The Opportunity

In the fall of 1998, David Seth Cohen, fresh out of college, set out to pursue his dream of working in the film industry.  With little luck and after months of searching, he felt forced to accept a low paying gig as a lighting assistant for a local Wedding Photographer.  Unhappy with the pay and feeling pressure from his parents to get a "real job", David finally got the break he deserved.  He was awarded the role of Production Assistant in the costume department for a feature film in New York City titled Guy Gets Kid…or as we all came to know it, Big Daddy.

David was thrilled. Not only was this a step in the right direction but it also happened to be starring his idol - Adam Sandler!  Throughout production there were very few moments where David had any real interaction with Adam...until one fine day, when fate came knocking.

David was asked to drop off Adam’s suit for the premiere of The Waterboy to the front desk of Adam's apartment building and then to give his colleague a ride home. What David thought was another typical gopher task soon became a life-changing moment:

The Surprise?

The doorman sent David up to Adam’s apartment to deliver the suit directly to him and it was Adam who answered the door.

The Shock?

Adam invited David to come in, hang out and have a drink with him.

The Problem?

His fellow production assistant was waiting in the car for her ride home.

The Decision?

Do the right thing - pass on the drink and take her home.  

There would be other chances, right?  

Wrong.

The Regret

Now almost 10 years later, David is 30 and living in his grandmother’s basement.  His filmmaking dreams have been set aside while he toils away as a producer for a local Catholic Television Station, which is a little unorthodox considering David's Jewish.  Feeling lost, restless and unhappy, David couldn't help but wonder what would have happened had he just stayed for that drink.

The Dream

One night, during a vivid dream, David found himself traveling to California to try and find Adam.  Although no one he ran into would help him, somehow, David found him.  They immediately clicked and began walking and talking until suddenly David awoke with a jolt.  Driven by his dream, David knew he would never stop wondering "what if?" unless he did something about it.

The Quest

Armed with a video camera, some money from his family and a few friends acting as crew, David risked everything to recapture that very moment he had regretted for so long - an opportunity to hang out and share a drink with his idol, laughing, sharing stories, discussing dreams, becoming life long friends and who knows?

While traveling across the country with his crew, they weaved through a maze of makeshift contacts and never took no for an answer. David’s charisma and persuasiveness earned him support from many celebrities - Billy Joel, Emeril Lagasse, Mick Foley, Carmen Electra, Dee Snider, Paul Schaffer and Radioman - who all felt David's passion and kept his spirits up.

Enduring unexpected twists and turns along the way, this documentary film represents an at times chaotic, yet always charming quest by one man determined to work his way into the inner circle of one of the most successful entertainers of our time.  

Will David find Adam Sandler? Will they have that drink?  Will it live up to his expectations?  While the final outcome is a mystery, it’s during this inspirational adventure that David realizes on his mission to Finding Sandler...he finds himself.

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David Seth Cohen had his dream about finding Adam Sandler in the summer of 2006 and began filming his quest with the help of his friends and colleagues in October of that same year. Although David’s friends and colleagues were willing to jump on board without any pay for their time and effort, they still needed funding for the necessities of filmmaking – travel, food, equipment, etc. With that in mind, David invested his personal savings to start shooting the film and through the generous contributions from his Grandmother and Uncle Mitchell the crew was able to travel and shoot across the U.S., spanning from Sandler's hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire to Hollywood, California. These funds also enabled the Finding Sandler team to create a rough cut of the film, but never one that was ready for the big screen. With your help, that’s about to change!

Finding Sandler is a true story of determination, passion, and persistence that deserves to be seen on a global scale. Your support will fuel our film through the post-production process so we can overcome our challenges and deliver an inspiring and amazing film which can be distributed worldwide. These challenges include editing nearly 100 hours of footage into a solid 90-minute documentary feature film, picture grading (color correction), audio mixing/mastering, creating graphics and conforming. Each process will lead to the finished product – a product we can’t wait to share with the world! Only with your generosity and help, will all this be possible. Thank you so much for your support! And remember - keep following your dreams!

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    A great value for you and a huge help for us! For a $250 pledge you will receive a Finding Sandler Movie Poster signed by David Seth Cohen, a Digital Photo-book filled with Behind-The-Scenes Pictures from the film, a Limited Edition Finding Sandler T-Shirt, an Autographed Collectors' DVD, a Special Thanks on the Finding Sandler website, a Heartfelt Video Thank You delivered digitally from David Seth Cohen, and best of all, that Sexy Signed/Pawed photo of David, Terra, and Lola. WOW!!!

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    For a $1000 pledge you can choose 1 of 2 incredible options... Option 1: The tastiest of rewards, David Seth Cohen will come to your home and cook a private dinner for up to 6 people. Whether or not he wears a shirt is up to you. Must be within 50 miles of NYC. You provide the ingredients, David will provide the culinary expertise. Option 2: You will get an Associate Producer credit on the film. Along with either of these options, you will also receive a Finding Sandler Movie Poster signed by David Seth Cohen, a Limited Edition Finding Sandler T-Shirt, an Autographed Collectors' DVD, a Special Thanks on the Finding Sandler website, a Heartfelt Video Thank You delivered digitally from David Seth Cohen, a Digital Photo-book filled with Behind-The-Scenes Pictures from the film, and that Sexy Signed/Pawed photo of David, Terra, and Lola.

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