Keeping up with the Guiding Light Alumni

This blog will now aim to keep you up-to-date on what is going on with the former GL cast members as they explore new horizons. Many of the stars you loved are involved in new projects, some in the genre, some on stage, while others have ventured on to something completely different! This blog is written and maintained by Tracey and Mike. If you have information you wish to submit for publication please contact one of us and we will consider your request!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tina Sloan's Happy New Year to Begin Regular Engagement In NYC

HAPPY NEW YEAR is a bold, new feature film about a group of brave veterans who find friendship while fighting to redefine their lives as they struggle to overcome PTS/PTSD.

The film, which amazed audiences and critics at the South by Southwest and Hamptons Int'l Film Festivals, tells the story of a war-torn Marine, Staff Sgt. Cole Lewis, who returns home scarred with mental and physical wounds from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lewis begins to find humanity, compassion and friendship among a group of similarly injured soldiers in the psychiatric ward at a remote veterans hospital-- survivors of World War II, Vietnam, and recent conflicts in the Middle East. As the men become Lewis' new family, Lewis becomes a ray of hope in the ward and together the men begin to heal. But just as their luck starts to change, Lewis faces his fiercest battle yet.

A searing portrait of the human costs of war by breakout writer-director K. Lorrel Manning and starring Michael Cuomo as Lewis, Happy New Year began as a sold-out Off-Broadway play and short film, inspired by more than 80 hours of personal interviews and countless hours of research the filmmakers completed with veterans, their families, and V.A. caregivers.

The film begins its regular engagement in New York at the Quad Cinemas on Friday, December 7, 2012.

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by: K. Lorrel Manning

STARRING: Michael Cuomo, J.D. Williams, Monique Gabriela Curnen

CO-STARRING: Jose Yenque, David Fonteno, Wilmer Calderon, Will Rogers, Noah Mills, Tina Sloan, Alan Dale, Seth Barrish, John Leighton, Frank Harts

PRODUCERS: Michael Cuomo, K. Lorrel Manning, Karl Jacob, Victoria Hay, Tom Stein,

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Iain Smith, Whitney Arcaro, Terrence Gray

CO-Producer: Ian Moore

Director of Photography: Soopum Sohn
Editor: William Miller
Production Designer: Katherine Rusch
Costume Designer: Tiffany Jordan
Composer: Paul Brill
Music Supervisor: Joe Rudge
Casting: Adrienne Stern
Military Advisor/Associate Producer: Joseph Harrell
Associate Military Advisor: Mike Scotti
Line Producer: Tracey Utley
Makeup Artist: Stephanie Wise
Stills Photographer: Nina Berman

Production Company: One Light Left, LLC
— with Joe Cecchini and 28 others in New York, NY.

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