One native filmmaker refused to let a serious personal setback keep her from her dream.
Hazleton native and Drexel University graduate Abigail Bruley made a name for herself in comedy after studying with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and People’s Improv Theater in New York City. She went on to produce the Philly-themed web series Down the Show, which earned her significant recognition and even attracted such people as Janeane Garofalo and Kevin McDonald to guest star. When a serious car accident in 2013 left her with a traumatic brain injury, she refused to let that permanently derail her dreams. In fact, it became the inspiration for a short film.
“When an ex-alcoholic desperately attempts to convince a weary priest of his spiritual dedication, an uninvited guest from his drunken past threatens his holy facade.”
Main Blessings is a dark comedy about disappointment, transitions, faith, kinship. It serves as a proof-of-concept for the upcoming feature, Main Remains, a movie examining the many perspectives of death, written shortly after it’s writer had experienced trauma and shook hands with death himself. Spoiler alert: He’s not so tough.
The completed Main Blessings will have a special Family and Friends screening for all Philadelphia residents on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. The film will be screened at Warehouse on Watts at 923 N. Watts Street and feature comedy by Doogie Horner as well as performances by Emily and Micah McGraw, and house melodist Settled Arrows (who will perform an all-Tom-Petty set). From there, it will begin its festival run in the winter of 2017-2018.
By pledging $45 or more, you can get a limited edition silk screen of the film’s poster, as well as admission to the Main Blessings premiere and a link to view Main Remains before it is released publicly. Pledging $300 or more will get you all of the above as well as opportunities to join the filmmakers in their future ventures.
For more information on Main Blessings and Main Remains, including the other prizes you could potentially win, check out their GoFundMe page.