Michael SCHROEDER, Sarah SCHROEDER, Peter SAMUELSON
Cameron Kincaid, a rebellious 17 year old from a broken home is in trouble at school, with the law, and at odds with his mother and his constantly deriding harsh stepfather. Cameron's a fanatical film buff who longs to be an important cutting edge filmmaker, but so far it seems as if he is more likely to end up in prison than in Hollywood. Cameron gets the opportunity to pursue his dream when he enters a prestigious student competition, set up over Christmas vacation, which offers the winner a scholarship to their Hollywood motion picture school. Cameron enlists the assistance of a reluctant retired gaffer named Flash, who is the only surviving crew member from the legendary Citizen Kane and who lives in the motion picture retirement home. Flash, in turn, persuades his elderly retired filmmaker friends that by helping Cameron realize his dream, they to can relive their dreams of working on the set again. Among Flash's friends is Mickey Hopkins, a frail geriatric old man, a retired Hollywood screenwriter living in a squalid, rat-infested home for the aged, forgotten by everyone except his old friend, Flash. When he's approached to write the screenplay for Cameron's new movie, Mickey is excited yet terrified and fearful that he has lost his magic touch with story. Mickey regains his confidence when Cameron shows how he has not been forgotten on IMDB. Cameron's new surrogate family and unlikely senior citizen production team winds up filming an award worthy documentary about the plight of the nation's elderly. During the course of the filming, Cameron's dream of being the Man In The Chair comes true but more importantly, his life is happily transformed through his mentor Flash who in turn, by rediscovering his dignity and reigniting his creativity can finally accept his fate with peace and tranquility.