The story is as touching as it is entertaining, and besides meeting its London filmmaker, you may also win a Fender guitar signed by Tenacious D's drummer. Mostly, seeing Mission to Lars Sunday afternoon will move you and help raise money for a local support group for Fragile X Syndrome, an autism-like condition.
Chad's dad is Chuck Wackerman. He was the music director at Los Alamitos High School for over 20 years. He now teaches jazz at McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos. The special screening tomorrow is put on by the Fragile X Association of Southern CA - I am on their board and am one of the organizers of the event. By the way, my name is Naomi Star - I have never gone by Wackerman.
The movie will screen in Hollywood and features Lars Ulrich. But much of the organizing and support links back to Belmont Shore, Naples and Long Beach.
Mary Seward told me you expressed some interest in running an article about our Mission to Lars event in Hollywood tomorrow. There is a Long Beach connection through Chad and me, plus Keesal, Young and Logan are our main sponsors - they are catering a reception for us prior to the screening. Chad's brother Brooks, who lives in Naples, has donated a guitar signed by Tenacious D (he is their drummer) for a silent auction we are having there as well and will be drawing the raffle prize winners for us at the end. We have also flown the filmmaker over from London and brought the world's foremost expert on Fragile X down from the MIND Institute at UC Davis for a Q & A after the screening, so it should be a fabulous, one-off event.
It would really help our fundraising and awareness efforts if you could run something about this - tickets will be available at the door. People can access the flier via our website: www.fraxsocal.org