Game Changer Gala

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Director’s Statement

Game-Changer presents a unique opportunity to tell a true story, in a way that will inspire and give optimism to others who are struggling themselves. I feel that the effects can be far-reaching and touch people that are simply looking for a way forward. Toran Maronic and his family went through some incredible struggles, together and individually, to become unlikely heroes for all of us.

But like the best heroes, these are real people. They are flawed, they are accessible, and they are humble. Game-Changer is a story that, at its heart, features real people facing a situation that they would never have asked for. Through unwavering support of each other during the toughest of times, and faith in an outcome that defied all odds, this is the story of a family that leads by example.

My love of directing is rather simple – at least to me. I love telling great stories, with great people, featuring great characters. This project checks all of those boxes for me. I’m excited to tell this story in a way that is engaging and meaningful for the broadest possible audience. I have been working in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, and during that time I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some incredible projects, including six films with budgets over $200M with The Walt Disney Studios. I’m excited to bring my vision, creativity and experience to this project because I believe that this is a story that needs to be told…and told well.

I am very thankful to Gunnar Garrett for trusting me with his wonderful script, and to the Maronic family for trusting me to bring their story to life so that others can be inspired and moved by their journey.

Game on!

Bill Sarine