Los Angeles, CA, March 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Emmy Award winning filmmaker Shane Stanley is returning to his filmmaking roots after spending much of last year penning Bret Michael's autobiography, "Roses & Thorns" for Simon & Schuster which is due to hit shelves on February 1, 2011. The Poison front-man turned reality star, who is set to appear on this season's Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, collaborated with Stanley to write his memoirs, who he has been friends with since 1994.
In a warm-up to prepare for directing his first full-length feature, Stanley is helming My Trip to the Dark Side, his original script which follows the story of a man who's had a successful film career but since falling on hard times can only find employment working in the adult entertainment industry as a means to provide for his family.
In 2006, Stanley Executive Produced the number one box office hit, Gridiron Gang, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for Columbia Pictures and in 2004 made his directorial debut on A Sight for Sore Eyes, a short film in which Stanley wrote that starred Academy Award nominee, Gary Busey. Sight received dozens of directing and screenwriting honors including The Gold Special Jury Award at Worldfest Houston, Best Dramatic Short Film at The International Family Film Festival and was invited to screen at The Cannes Film Festival.
Stanley and his Visual Arts Entertainment shingle will produce My Trip to the Dark Side with Josh Baerwald, Kim Matuka and Eric Binns, who will executive produce. Filming will begin in May around Los Angeles.
Later this year, Stanley is set to begin production on Corners, a motion picture he will direct about the short life and dramatic death of a young man living with Down syndrome, which he co-wrote with W.T. Smith who is currently adapting By the Rivers of Babylon which was written by best-selling author Nelson DeMille (The General¹s Daughter and Up Country) for the big screen. Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. and Clayne Crawford are already attached to star in Corners.
In 1988, Stanley was the youngest recipient of an Emmy Award, winning his first at sixteen and his second at nineteen, after receiving four nominations for his camera work on The Desperate Passage Series, which was directed by his father, Lee Stanley and starred Sharon Gless, Louis Gossett, Jr. Marlo Thomas, Edward James Olmos and the late, Michael Landon.
Stanley is repped by Kim Matuka at Online Talent Group and Robert S. Wallerstein of Hirsch, Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof and Fishman.