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St. Bernards High School illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Wonderfilm Announces Its Latest Feature, All In, Has Begun Filming in Boston

Against all odds, the students, faculty, staff and parents of one of the smallest private educational facilitiesin America band together to save their school. How they did it was nothing short of a miracle.

Emmy Award winning producers, Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon’s Wonderfilm Media just completed the forth of eight weeks of principal photography on the highly anticipated documentary, All In: Miracle at St. Bernard’s. The feature-length documentary is based on the incredible true story of how St. Bernard’s, a small private Catholic high school in Fitchburg,

Massachusetts, found itself 100 years after its founding, facing a dramatic shut-down. The film follows the community as they pour their hearts and souls into saving their school from being permanently shuttered. A miracle ensues.    

A Real-Life David and Goliath Story

With enrollment dwindling, by 2018 St. Bernard’s was the smallest school in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a total of 99 students. The Catholic Diocese of Worcester made the difficult decision to close the school. Led by the school’s principal, Linda Anderson, students, parents, faculty, alumni and the townspeople of Fitchburg hatched an idea to raise enough money to take the school independent and keep it open. They worked tirelessly to raise the daunting amounts needed. Unfortunately, like the school, the town was struggling, and fundraising proved extremely difficult.   With quickly approaching deadlines, extreme pressure from the budget shortfalls, the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools informed all parties of the dire straits they were facing, and that short of a miracle, the school would cease to exist. Then the football team started winning.  

It All Came Down to Football
 

Almost every eligible student at the school joined the football team. With an enrollment so small, that meant the St. Bernard’s football team had 26 boys. Miraculously, despite going up against schools often ten times as big as St. Bernard’s, the team, led by Coach Tom Bingham, was winning, and winning, and winning. And with each win, the media started reporting on this David beating Goliaths. “St. Bernard’s was going up against teams from the top schools in New England, with thousands of students, multi-million-dollar endowments, and players who were much larger physically – and winning,” said All In producer Jeff Bowler. The St. Bernard’s team went on to win the state Super Bowl played in Gillette Stadium. The 26 boys on the team, fighting for every inch of the field that their hero, New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady, called home on Sundays, won the State Championship, generating enough national publicity to raise the money needed to save the school, including a huge donation from a still anonymous donor.   

Shortly thereafter, with funds in hand, the school officially became independent, with the full support of the Diocese. In the first year following the miraculous football season, admissions are soaring, and an entire town’s spirits have been raised in celebration of saving their historic high school. 
 

“As a St. Bernard’s alum and filmmaker, I was tapped by the school to help tell this truly remarkable story to the world,” said Bowler. “This feel-good, underdog tale is about so much more than football. The story is about a community that rallied together to create their own miracle. Faced with the closing of their beloved high school, students and faculty members stepped up to the plate to save their school, with unwavering perseverance.”    

All In: Miracle at St. Bernard’s is being produced by Wonderfilm’s Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon. The Emmy Award-winning duo have enjoyed success in feature documentaries, including the 2017 documentary, UNCHAINED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS, narrated by Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, which won the Emmy for Best Documentary, in the sports category, as well as the 2009 feature-doc, DIRTY OIL aka DOWNSTREAM, directed by Leslie Iwerks, which was short-listed for an Oscar.   

All In is being directed by Gregg Backer (Producer/Director HBO Sports, Real Sports). Other producers include Foglight Entertainment’s Gregg Backer and Evan Kanew with Nathan Bilotta serving as Executive Producer.  All In: Miracle at St. Bernard’s is currently shooting in Fitchburg, Boston and Los Angeles.  

Wonderfilm Media recently wrapped supernatural horror LULLABY directed by John Leonetti (Anabelle), with Alcon, in Toronto. Cast and crew adhered to all COVID-19 production guidelines and there were no cases of the virus on set. The film is set for a major release next October. Wonderfilm latest release, Dead Reckoning with K.J. Apa and India Eisley, just premiered November 13.   

Upcoming Wonderfilm Media projects include the biopic on Tampa Bay Rays breakout star, Randy Arozarena. The outfielder escaped Cuba on a makeshift boat in 2015, started a new life in Mexico before making his way to the U.S and has become the most talked-about MLB player in baseball. Wonderfilm is also developing the highly coveted Steve McQueen biopic as a limited series based on Marshall Terrill’s book, “A Tribute To The King of Cool”.   

About Wonderfilm Media

Wonderfilm is a leading entertainment company with offices in Hollywood, Boston and London. Wonderfilm focuses on the production of high-quality feature films and episodic television that offer international appeal through the Company’s commitment to elevated storytelling. Wonderfilm has seen twelve of its features released over the past twelve months, including the Nic Cage thriller Primal and the Guy Pearce vehicle Disturbing the Peace. Wonderfilm was founded by Jeff Bowler, Bret Saxon, and John Lewis.

*Team pic with trophy × All In tape by George Lugo

**School foliage by Caitlin Reidy

Best Irish Movies Ever

Ireland is known for a lot of things, including its crystal, beer, anyone who wins the Irish lottery as well as wool-knit sweaters. But one of the things that this nation has bestowed to the world of Hollywood is its plethora of actors, poets, and playwrights. That’s right; we’re talking about Irish movies. 

With that in mind, we have put together a list of some of our favorite Irish films that people can binge-watch in 2020. You can expect anything from classic favorites such as Into The West to the more contemporary hits like The Wind That Shakes The Barley. 

  1. Waking Ned (1998)

Waking Ned or Waking Ned Devine, as it’s known in North America, will forever go down as one of the best Irish and comedy movies in cinema history. It’s so funny, you’ll barely have enough minutes to catch your breath while laughing between the scenes. 

The movie takes place in rural Ireland and depicts the story of two elderly best friends, namely Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly). Later on in the story, it was found out that someone in their tiny village wins the Irish lottery and they sought to discover the winner’s identity.  

  1. Barry Lyndon (1975)

This masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick depicts the story of a scoundrel from the 18th century (Ryan O’Neal) who travels all over Europe and eventually woos a noblewoman (Marissa Berenson). However, the events later bring about a series of “Misfortunes and Disasters” as the intertitle indicates. Nasa-based cinematography and majestic music make this is one of Kubrick’s finest entries imaginable.

  1. P.S. I Love You (2007)

This Hilary Swank-led flick isn’t going to sway over the critics due to its sentimental-laden narrative. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying some of the Emerald Isle’s most beautiful locations. A heartbroken young widow forced to start a new life without her husband, who had lost his life due to an unprecedented illness, is something that is relatable and can help lighten the mood that Irish Cinema can often remain brooding in.

  1. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

When he’s not shooting other gangs in Peaky Blinders, or antagonizing Batman as Scarecrow in The Dark Knight trilogy, renowned Irish actor Cillian Murphy is out fighting for the Irish Independence in The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Murphy stars as Damian O’Donovan, who, alongside his brother Teddy O’Donovan (Padriac Delaney) join the Irish Republic Army to fight for the Emerald Isle’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1920. 

Like other war dramas, this film has its share of bloody and bleak moments. So don’t expect yourself to go in with a smile on your face by the time you’re done with it. Nevertheless, don’t let that get in the way of you enjoying one of the best Irish-produced films of all time.

  1. Brooklyn (2015)

It takes a great movie to tell a compelling story and bring about a robust emotional response, and that’s exactly what Brooklyn (2015) aims to provide its viewers.

The movie is based on Colm Tobin’s novel of the same name and stars multi-Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan. It’s a wonderful story of a young Irish girl who ventures off to New York in the United States, torn between two of her lovers and two states. 

Filmed in Coney Island, New York, Dublin, and Wexford, and being nominated for three Academy Awards, including Ronan for Best Actress, Brooklyn is, without a doubt, one of the best period drama flicks to have emanated from Ireland. 

  1. The Hole in the Ground (2019)

Ireland had its highest-grossing movie in the form of a horror number known as The Hole in the Ground courtesy of writer/director Lee Cronin. It revolves around a woman who may believe that her son has been replaced with an imposter. 

  1. Intermission (2003)

If you haven’t seen Intermission yet, you are really missing out. It starred some of Ireland’s best actors, including Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, and Kelly MacDonald. 

When it was released, Intermission was the overall package deal: it has thrills, romance, and a barrel of laughs that we still reminisce even after 17 years. 

  1. The Commitments (1991)

This movie is about an independent rock band from a poor rural area of North Dublin who desires to introduce soul music to Ireland. A bit of an oddball of a goal, but it no doubt makes for an enjoyable movie. This Alan Parker-helmed is known for its humor and vulgarity, which also serves as a decent introduction to Irish folk-rock artist Glen Hansard. Those who know of Hansard could be because he shared the spotlight with Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova in Once or his real-life Swell Season duo group. 

  1. Hunger (2008)

Hunger was renowned British director Steve McQueen’s first dip into directing where he and Irish playwright Enda Walsh wrote the story for the movie. Hunger, which stars popular Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender, is a profoundly engaging movie that will both entice and challenge its viewers. 

The story of the movie revolves around ira volunteer and MP Bobby Sands (Fassbender). He had led the Northern Ireland Maze Prison’s second IRA hunger strike to regain some of the political statuses for Republican prisoners.

Interestingly, Fassbender’s own mother happens to be the great grand-niece of the historical Irish politician and revolutionary Michael Collins. 

Before going into this, we should warn you that the movie isn’t for the faint-hearted as it is violent, disturbing, and shocking. However, Fassbender gave a lifetime performance, which in turn shot his name into stardom at that point onward.

The Bullitt Mustang and the Stock Market

The Fascinating Facts About the Bullitt Mustang’s Link to the Stock Market

By Robert Folsom

In October 1968, the action film Bullitt came to theaters. The movie starred Steve McQueen, who defined the idea of “cool” for a generation. Other famous faces in the film included Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Duvall. Yet, there was one other star of the movie: the Ford Mustang GT Fastback. Bullitt helped make the Mustang as cool among muscle cars as Steve McQueen was cool among Hollywood stars.Rob

The ’68 Mustang from Bullitt plays the star to this day. It became the main attraction at the 2018 Detroit auto show, unveiled as the authentic mustang from the movie by the family who had secretly owned the vehicle for 40 years.

The car is so memorably cool and such a unique brand, that Ford Motor Company has brought a commemorative Bullitt Mustang model to market once, twice, and now a third time. Remarkably, all these appearances came at very specific junctures in the stock market.

Bullitt debuted in theaters in October 1968, the very month that the Dow Jones Industrial Average registered an important peak. The stock market index stayed mostly below that price peak during the 1970s and early 1980s. Yet in 1982, the trend turned, and a years-long bull market unfolded all the way into 2000. In 2000, at a major top in the Dow, Ford announced the launch of the 2001 Bullitt Mustang.

What followed was a bear market and the lowest lows of the early 2000s. But the trend turned again, and the market once again registered new all-time highs that carried into 2007. That year, Ford announced the launch of the 2008 Bullitt Mustang.

After that launch came a brutal bear market and the Great Recession. Then the trend turned higher, once more reaching new all-time highs in 2018. And, you guessed it, in 2018 Ford announced the launch of the 2019 Bullitt Mustang. So:

  • The 1968 movie Bullitt and Mustang GT coincided with a major peak and the onset of a bear market,
  • The first commemorative Bullitt Mustang model coincided with the 2000 peak and the onset of a bear market,
  • The second Bullitt Mustang model coincided with the 2007 peak and the onset of a bear market, and
  • Most recently, the third Bullitt Mustang model coincided with … to be determined.

Why the connection? The book Socionomic Studies of Society and Culture makes the case that trends in the auto and stock markets reflect the larger trends in social psychology. Positive social mood makes society feel optimistic: investors send stock prices higher and consumers buy bigger, faster cars with more horsepower. Negative social mood makes society feel pessimistic: investors send stock prices lower and consumers buy smaller, slower cars with less horsepower. Automakers simply supply the demand of the public’s mood.

The Bullitt Mustang is just one example. You may recall the fast, high-performance “muscle cars” and sporty convertibles of the 1960s bull market; the power-challenged Pinto, Gremlin and Vega of the 1970s bear market; the supersized SUVs that filled driveways during the 1990s market mania; the return of the more compact PT Cruiser and Volkswagen Beetle as the market began to roll over thereafter; and the miniature Smart cars that made a splash during the 2008-2009 auto industry crisis that coincided with a bear market. Check out chapter 29 in the book for a full historical survey of mood, markets and car styling.

The auto industry’s recent embrace of speed, size and power suggests that today’s mood trend is maturing. When that trend turns, buckle up. Rocky conditions will be ahead.

About Robert Folsom

Robert Folsom is senior markets researcher for Elliott Wave International. He has covered politics, popular culture, economics and the financial markets for more than 25 years.

About Elliott Wave International

Elliott Wave International is the largest independent technical analysis firm in the world. Its award-winning publications provide useful insights and engaging commentary on all major financial asset classes and indexes around the globe. EWI’s unique perspective on market behavior and cultural trends sets it apart from other financial publications.

Diving Deeper Into the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Siegfried Rauch and Steve McQueen play unyielding rivals in the film Le Mans (1971), but only a few people know about the close friendship they shared. Exclusive and never before published documents come to light, including letters from Steve Siggi and private photos from the families’ albums. Rauch also shares photos and facts from behind the scenes of the 1971 film where Steve McQueen created a cinematic monument to the race, drivers, mechanics and the racing cars in the most realistic conditions.

For the FIRST TIME, Siegfried Rach shows us a different, private side to the “king of cool.”

This Book will be Available October 1st.





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