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'The Samuel Project' reveals how one man's story becomes art


February 22, 2019

With the growing popularity of "The Samuel Project," a heartwarming story that re-connects three generations of family, the film is returning to Florida theaters for an encore release March 1, 2019 at many more venues. To encourage families to attend the film together, two grandkids under the age of 14 can attend for free when accompanied by a grandparent.

Theaters in the Orlando/Daytona area include: Regal Pointe Orlando 20, Regal Oviedo Mall 22, and Regal Pavillion 14 in Port Orange.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Marc Fusco and starring multiple Emmy and Tony award winning actor, Hal Linden ("Barney Miller," Broadway's "The Rothchilds") as a grandfather who will speak nothing of his past, and popular Disney star Ryan Ochoa (Robert Zemeckis' "A Christmas Carol," Disney's "Pair of Kings") as his grandson, with co-star Michael B. Silver ("Seabiscuit"), as a hard working single dad-"The Samuel Project" reveals a universal story of how discovering the past through art can bring a family back together.    

Orphaned at eight years old when he lost his entire family at the hands of Nazi captors, Samuel Bergman (Linden), has refused to speak about his childhood his entire life. His saving grace was a young German woman named Uma, who found him and took him in after he was shot for trespassing on her family's farm near Hanover, Germany.  

The story unfolds when his grandson Eli (Ochoa), who dreams of becoming a professional artist, pleads for Samuel to share his story for a high school art project. Hesitant at first, Samuel finally gives in when Eli offers to work at his dry-cleaning business for free in exchange for his grandfather's story, and for the first time, the family gets to know and understand each other.

For theaters and tickets: https://thesamuelprojectmovie.com/home/

The Samuel Project is rated PG-13. 1 hour 32 minutes.


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