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Chronicles of Gnarnia: The Rex Chadwick Story

A sports mockumentary about the controversial life of notorious U.S. Ski Team superstar, Rex Chadwick. Through a series of interviews with Rex, family, friends, lovers, and other professional athletes, the story of a sports legend that "could have been" takes shape. From extreme highs, to devastating lows, how can the human spirit rise from the depths of tragedy?

  • Brian Colin Foley
    Director
  • Brian Colin Foley
    Writer
  • Brian Colin Foley
    Producer
  • Emily Simmons
    Producer
  • Sarah Brown Carter
    Producer
  • Brian Colin Foley
    Key Cast
    "Rex Chadwick"
    Orange Is the New Black, Snowpiercer, The Mysteries of Laura, Show Me a Hero
  • Sarah Brown Carter
    Key Cast
    "Sarah Coffley"
    My Crazy Ex, Underdog, Unusual Suspects
  • Danny Flaherty
    Key Cast
    "Dusty Phoenix"
    The Americans, Wolf of Wall Street, Skins, The Leftovers
  • Freja Zeuthen
    Key Cast
    "Freja Blomberg"
    Billions, Kingdom by the Sea
  • Brynn Alexander
    Key Cast
    "Nancy Flanigan"
    Lucifer, Paranormal Dick
  • Peter Hallin
    Key Cast
    "Peter Skalsgard"
    Snowpiercer, Crossing Lines
  • Sebastian Viveros
    Key Cast
    "Sebastian Capiveros"
    Spider-Man: Far from Home
  • Bob McLean
    Key Cast
    "Charlie Chadwick"
    The Bold and The Beautiful, Santa Barbara
  • Alex Sarrigeorgiou
    Key Cast
    "Alex Alexopolous"
    Grip, Con Spirito
  • Richard Rubin
    Key Cast
    "Declan Winter"
    Lethal Weapon
  • Lena Escandon
    Key Cast
    "Brynn Wiliams"
    Sex and the Future
  • Natalie Thander
    Key Cast
    "Natalie Soderstream"
    Snow Angel
  • Ralph Saro
    Key Cast
    "Documentary Director"
    I Speak You Understand Me
  • Meeri De Oliveira
    Key Cast
    "Maria Da Cruz"
    Rotten Grapes, Tracking
  • Matt Miller
    Key Cast
    "Maxwell White"
  • Torre Watson
    Key Cast
    "Rex's Bodyguard"
  • Livia Borjaille
    Director of Photography
    Cor De Pele
  • Bryan Murphy
    Director of Photography
    Jay Leno's Garage
  • Dan Rozenberg
    Director of Photography
    Jona & Valen
  • Jakob Lofberg
    Director of Photography
    Gunshot Straight
  • Matt Robson
    Director of Photography
  • Nicolas Lopez
    First Assistant Camera
    Ojos Que No Ven
  • Livia Sa
    First Assistant Camera
  • Jackie Mitchell
    Sound Department
  • Bryan Murphy
    Sound Department
  • Meeri De Oliveira
    Additional Sound
  • Peter Hallin
    Additional Sound
  • Brian Colin Foley
    Editor
  • John Zimmerman
    Editor
    Thithi
  • Alex Sarrigeorgiou
    First Assistant Director
  • Alina Shraybman
    Stock Footage Consultant
  • Titus Andronicus
    Original Music
    Tracks Featured: "Dimed Out", "Just Like Ringing a Bell"
  • The Muckers
    Original Music
    Tracks Featured: "Memories", "It's Better Without You", "Roll the Dice"
  • The Dales
    Original Music
    Tracks Featured: "Blindfolded", "Pillars of Sand"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Mockumentary, Adventure, Extreme Sports, Inspiration
  • Runtime:
    33 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7, 24 fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Brian Colin Foley

Brian Colin Foley is an actor/director who got his start in Bong Joon-ho's cult sci-fi film, "Snowpiercer". Since then he's appeared in, "Orange Is the New Black", "The Mysteries of Laura", "Show Me a Hero", Law & Order: Organized Crime, and more. He is a New Jersey native and resides in East Rutherford, NJ.

"Chronicles of Gnarnia: The Rex Chadwick Story" is his directorial debut.

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Director Statement

I chose to write and direct this film due to the circumstances surrounding my life a year ago. Years of auditioning for roles in New York City that I wasn't right for had started to become painfully commonplace and downright spirit crushing. I needed inspiration. Every actor, most of whom I am close with in this film, needed inspiration. As actors we felt stuck.

Suddenly, I had an idea for a story that would bring us all together, rallying around one common goal: To laugh and have fun again. To revert back to that crazy rush of excitement we felt when we first started out in this business. We lit the spark and got to work. For all of us the mockumentary style in this film captured our true individual uniqueness in a comedic medium. We could finally play a character that was an alter-ego of ourselves with no limits.

Given the recent Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn, Michael Jordan, and other high profile athlete documentaries being released, I thought it was the perfect time to venture into the mind of a sports superstar. The intent was to shine a spotlight on how American culture over glorifies its sports heroes and the deep-seated stereotypes and mental health concerns that result from it.

What resulted was a production that wrapped two days before the COVID-19 lockdown as I huffed and puffed at 12,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Being a skier since three years old and accomplishing the feat of wrapping the film, high above the world, injected that inspiration right back into me. I felt that rush again like when I first started auditioning all of those years ago. My spirit was restored.

Now more than ever we need comeback stories. We need laughter. We need to find a way to connect to each other again. Most of all we need social commentary on what truly matters in life and what we take for granted. This film will hopefully take you on that ride back to find your own personal inspiration deep within you. It's there. It's screaming to get out. Let it happen.

This movie is dedicated to and in loving memory of Matthew Joseph Miller. The best of us all. Gone too soon but lives on eternally in this film and forever in our hearts.

All the best,
Brian