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Published on June 7th, 2019 | by DJ Luos

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Everyone Can Be A Hero: The red carpet World Premiere of Wish Man in Los Angeles

The Hype Magazine was on the red carpet for The World Premiere of Wish Man, the film based on the life of Frank Shankwitz, Founder of Make-A-Wish Foundation. The World Premiere Took Place at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019, followed by a nationwide release in select theaters on Friday, June 7. The stars of the film, producers, and supporters gathered for the World premiere that included a red carpet, mingling, screening, and Q&A with the cast.

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Since its creation in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes for more than 450,000 children in 50 countries worldwide. On average, a wish is granted every 34 minutes!  It’s the world’s largest wish-granting organization. Wish Man tells the true story of a motorcycle cop who is still haunted by the traumatic separation from his father when he was a boy. After surviving a near-fatal accident and being framed for police brutality, his whole world falls apart. Unexpectedly, he finds hope in the shape of a terminally ill boy who reunites him with his father after 28 years. To honor the boy, he creates the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Frank Shankwitz and wife Kitty on the red carpet for WISH MAN premiere at The Egyptian Theater photo credit: Juan Gonzalez

Vision Films and Beyond Words are handing the Domestic Distribution of Wish Man. The film stars Andrew Steel (The Justice Lease) and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as Frank Shankwtiz in his younger and senior years. Other principal cast includes Christian Ganiere (Grey’s Anatomy)Danny Trejo (Machete, Desperado, Con Air) Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X, The Green Inferno), Robert Pine (CHiPs, Frozen, Independence Day) and more. Wish Man is helmed by English up-and-coming writer/director Theo Davies.

Christian Ganiere walks the red carpet for WISH MAN premiere at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood photo credit: Juan Gonzalez

Wish Man, a movie in the drama category based on the life of Frank Shankwitz – creator of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The film begins when Frank Shankwitz, at age ten, is traumatically separated from his father and follows him through his rocky and traumatic youth. At age 38, Frank a motorcycle cop who’s at rock bottom in his personal life, until a near fatal accident creates a rare opportunity for Frank to meet a 7-year-old boy with terminal leukemia who dreams of becoming a police officer. The film’s message is clear: one boy’s wish changed a man. One man’s wish changed the world.


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