Pushing Fifty

A group of former high school theater friends get together to put up a terrible play amidst their many mid-life crises and resentments.

  • Daniel Calvisi
  • Daniel Calvisi
  • Daniel Calvisi
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    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Daniel Calvisi

Daniel P. Calvisi is a writer, director and internationally-renowned story consultant and author. He is the author of the best-selling "Story Maps" series of screenwriting books and lectures on story at writing conferences and via webinars. He is a former top reader for major studios and production companies like Miramax Films, Dimension Films, New Line Cinema and Fox. He script doctors projects for working producers and directors as well as writes his own spec features and TV pilots. He is currently shopping a 30-minute dramedy pilot titled "Pushing Fifty" about a group of theater friends in their 40s who reunite to put on a terrible play. He is based in Los Angeles and has a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television.

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Director Statement

Most serious actors move to New York or Los Angeles to pursue a career. Some just stay in San Jose, California. "Pushing Fifty" is a 30-minute Dramedy pilot about creatively-starved people in their 40s who never achieved their dreams but decide to band together to give it one more shot. This proof-of-concept trailer introduces you to four friends who put up an original play in the hopes of fulfilling a promise made to themselves decades before. Hilarious and heart-breaking, this series aims to connect with any adult out there who wonders if they could have achieved their dream had they just made a different choice along the way.