'Miracles on College St.' Daddy & Daughter Tread on Deathbeds

'Miracles on College St.' Daddy & Daughter Tread on Deathbeds, is a short documentary film about a man with cancer (Hennessy). His 1 lb. newborn (Hannah). And their fight for life.

Hennessy's film was West Coast runner-up finalist at Western Region WAVE cable TV awards, 2022
‘Miracles,’ a promotional/trailer film for Chris’ upcoming memoir book, 'Touched by Hannah,’ also took a 'Film Heals' award at the 2022 Manhattan Film Festival, New York City.
Heals is awarded to filmmakers who use the power of film to promote peace, humanity and inspiration.
Miracles was also a top-five finalist documentary at Manhattan.

In June of 2009 Chris Hennessy was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. On August 3, 2009 he endured radical prostatectomy cancer surgery at Stanford Hospital.
Still battling surgery side-effects, including life-threatening DVT blood clots, Chris’ daughter Hannah was born September 1, 2009, in San Jose CA. Hannah's due date was December 7, 2009. She weighed 1 lb. 9 oz. with only a 50% chance of survival.
The doctors initially said they got all Chris’ cancer, the pathology report was clear. However, subsequent blood tests revealed the cancer was still there.
For months Hannah and Chris simultaneously fought for their lives. Chris, nauseous and ill from daily radiation treatments, was still there at Hannah’s incubator late into every night, long after the other parents had left.
Chris and his wife Betsy wondered if they'd ever be able to bring Hannah home. Even if they did, the doctors said the odds were very much against Hannah having a normal, healthy life.

"Our entire church congregation and hundreds of others continually showered us with prayer. Without their love and support, we absolutely would have quit battling."
"It was daunting, exhausting. But God told me that if we had Hannah holding his hand, he'd always be there to hold her hand back."

  • Chris Hennessy
    Director
    'Best new TV series 2019, Sacramento channel 18
  • Chris Hennessy
    Writer
  • Chris Hennessy
    Producer
  • Hannah Hennessy
    Key Cast
    Actress 23 episodes Yolo Yoyo's. Several live Theatrical production
  • Betsy Hennessy
    Key Cast
  • Chris Hennessy
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The WAVE Awards
    San Jose, CA
    United States
    April 1, 2022
    The WAVE Awards
    Finalist
  • Manhatten Film Festival
    United States
    June 9, 2022
    The WAVE Awards
    Selected
Director Biography - Chris Hennessy

Chris Hennessy has been living and working in Northern CA as an independent filmmaker, TV Producer, author, and motivational speaker since 1990. He moved his family to Woodland in early 2018.

Hennessy has been busy producing his award-winning cable TV Show, Yolo YoYo’s, writing his upcoming memoir book, ‘Touched by Hannah,’ and working on various film projects which he writes, produces and directs.

“I created Yolo YoYo’s to spend time with my daughter Hannah (now 13), and provide an enriching experience for her and friends. The vibe that reverberates throughout the car when we head out to film is priceless.”

"I was able to retire from corporate and social filmmaking and pursue my dreams. Looking back, working my butt off on those 1500+ professional gigs made me the producer/director I am today."

Yolo YoYo’s season #1 was awarded, ‘Best New TV Series 2019,’ Sacramento Channel 17 & 18. The 12 episodes reached an audience of more than 125,000 on Faceboook.

Yolo YoYo’s season 2 finale episode, ‘The Stage; Following our Wildest Dreams!’ won, 'Best Narrative Episode 2022 West Coast,’ at the 2022 ACM Western Region WAVE Cable TV Awards Ceremony.

“Walking the red carpet with Hannah, winning and accepting that award was priceless.”

Yolo YoYo’s premier episode season 2 (Feb 2021), 'Miracles on College St.' Daddy & Daughter Tread on Deathbeds - a short documentary film - was West Coast runner-up finalist at Western Region WAVE.

‘Miracles,’ a promotional/trailer film for Chris’ 'Touched by Hannah,’ also took a 'Film Heals' award at the 2022 Manhattan Film Festival, New York City. Heals is awarded to filmmakers who use the power of film to promote peace, humanity and inspiration.

Miracles was also a top-five finalist documentary at Manhattan.

‘Touched by Hannah’ Is a true story about a man with cancer (Hennesssy). His 1 lb. newborn Hannah. And their fight for life. Their story has already been featured on NBC TV, KGO-810 San Francisco, and is slated for release late 2023.

Hennessy’s music video, Yuba Twenty-Twenty, was awarded 'Best Film' at the 2021 Yuba City arts & culture Film Festival.

“By July 2020 the pandemic, riots, politics, hate and disgust on social media all had me feeling pretty down in the dumps.”

"I fell in love with the 45 minute drive through infinity farms and orchards, surrounded by their scenery of brilliant mid-summer greenery, to a small independent coffee shop in Yuba City."

"Feeling that I was away from the tumultuous times - sipping great coffee and writing my book brought me much joy and comfort."

"Yuba Twenty-Twenty was conceived and created in honor of those medicinal get-aways."

Hennessy’s ‘Comedy Club Anniversary Roast’ was a top-five finalist, 'Best Film," at the 2022 Houston Comedy Film Festival.

“Performing totally ad lib comedy - making folks laugh, whether on or off set - it’s not only I want to do. I have to do it!”

Hundreds of the client films Chris produced professionally (Google, Folsom State Prison, eBay, Stanford, Office Max and The American Cancer Society, etc.) include his distinctive comedy schtick.

“After much grinding, taking my time and creating those recent passion projects, I'm thoroughly enjoying this thrilling, successful aftermath. It feels like I’ve got four songs in the top 10."

“Instead of sitting around worrying, I’m busy achieving my potential and having a blast.” (Chris is currently battling prostate cancer in the lungs.)

Hennessy donates his time to usher for plays at the Historic Woodland Opera House, a 6 block walk from his house.

He also serves on the board of directors at California Writers Club, Sacramento.

In the near future Chris hopes to finish writing 'Touched By Hannah,' and get it published.

"I'm going to begin writing a Yolo YoYo’s feature film for the likes of Netflix/Amazon, etc. If I can get proper funding, I have full confidence I can pull-off producing/directing something that will command their attention."

Chris says he's looking forward to spending time with Hannah this summer (2022). He'll be hosting pool parties for her and friends. Hannah will be performing on stage at the Historic Woodland Opera House.

Hennessy is also working on an ad lib comedy film and a music video starring Hannah and a Yolo YoYo's friend. "Working on such projects - with no client to deal with - no time pressures - allows me freedom to take my time and make the best film.”

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Director Statement

In 2013, I began reflecting back on 2009 - My daughter Hannah’s micro-premature birth and my cancer diagnosis and surgery. (see brief synopsis) I thought there might be a good story there. Boy was I right!

I decided to produce a feature film about our life-threatening journeys. However, I struggled when writing the screenplay. In thinking it out, I decided the first thing I wanted to accomplish was to write out the entire story. This is where the idea for my upcoming memoir book, Touched by Hannah, was conceived.

I’ve written 657 pages, and have currently edited my manuscript down to 325 pages. There's still much work to do. My book should be completed approx. late 2023.

Between writing the book, seeing the excerpt (fb.me/touchedbyhannah) get rave reviews on Facebook, presenting motivational speeches to thousands, reading the excerpt from Touched by Hannah at open mics, and creating this film (Miracles on College Street) I’ve witnessed first hand how my story has captivated audiences.

Seeing those jaw-dropping looks and hearing their heart-wrenching comments after speaking - watching and hearing the crowd erupt with applause when I introduce Hannah after reading the excerpt at open mics - reading the testimonials and reviews on social media about how the story resonates and inspires… It’s made the hundreds of hours of passionate work worth it, and has provided me with an abundance of medicinal therapy.

I decided to produce a short trailer (Miracles on College Street) to promote 'Touched By Hannah.' The film, completed in early 2021, was also featured as the Premiere Episode, season #2 of my Northern CA TV show, Yolo YoYo’s. (aired Feb 7 2021)

The episode was a finalist at the recent 2022 ACM Western Region Conference and WAVE Cable TV Awards Ceremony. Miracles is also a finalist at the upcoming Manhattan Film Festival. (June 2022)

I present to you, 'Miracles on College Street.’ Enjoy!