Friday, July 31, 2015

Luke Perry To Star & Produce UP Movie 'Welcome Home'

Luke Perry at the  2015 Summer TCA Tour on July 30.  Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown
Starring and executive produced by Luke Perry, the UP Premiere Movie Welcome Home tells the story of a writer who returns from vacation to find that a homeless mother and her two children have been squatting in his house, with nowhere to go. The script was written by Jonathan Zeichner, executive director of L.A.'s A Place Called Home (APCH, www.apch.org), a dynamic, non-profit youth center. Directed by James Head ("R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour," "The Dead Zone"), Welcome Home premieres exclusively on UP on Sunday, September 13 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Welcome Home was executive produced by Perry, Ira Pincus, John Morayniss and John Ritchie, and produced by Entertainment One Television. The film's ensemble cast includes Camille Sullivan (The Butterfly Effect, "Shattered"), Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh ("When Calls the Heart," "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce"), Kayden Magnuson ("The Whispers"), Erica Cerra ("The 100," "Eureka") and Susan Hogan (CAT. 8, The Christmas Secret).

After a hugely successful debut novel, Stewart Paylor (Luke Perry) is supposed to be delivering chapters of his new book. Unbeknownst to everyone around him, including Cynthia (Erica Cerra) his literary agent/girlfriend, Stewart has writer's block and has not written a word. His life goes even further astray when he returns home from a vacation to find a homeless mother at her breaking point, Cassandra (Camille Sullivan), and her two children, 12-year old Jake (Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh) and 9-year old Vera (Kayden Magnuson) have been squatting in his house, with nowhere to go.

Barbara Fisher, senior vice president, original programming, UP, said, "Welcome Home is one of those scripts that we knew we had to make as soon as we read it. It's a riveting and relatable story about how one crisis can change everything for a family. And how one person's help, no matter how begrudgingly given, can make a profound impact on their lives and ultimately his own."

Screenwriter Zeichner has worked for more than two decades to improve and expand the lives of underserved, homeless and mentally ill youth, families, veterans, incarcerated young men and victims of violence. At APCH, Zeichner heads up a dedicated staff providing programs and services in education, college and vocational support, music, dance, visual, performing and digital arts instruction, fitness, nutrition, gardening, counseling and a comprehensive array of additional programs to support inner-city youth 8-21 years old and their families. Prior to his leadership at APCH, Zeichner co-founded and helmed the nationally acclaimed Inside Out Community Arts, a nonprofit serving youth throughout Los Angeles via arts-based after school programming; was artistic director of the Imagination Workshop at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute; and wrote, directed and acted for film, television and the theater. In 2009, Zeichner received the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management's Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation.

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