When A Movie Doesn’t Get The Love That It Deserves by John Paul Rice

Film Courage: Do you believe in the cliché that it’s no longer your film once it’s out there? Now [your movie] belongs to the audience?

John Paul Rice, Producer: I don’t know? I’ve never really thought of it that way. I mean you can, I guess? To me it’s kind of like a shared experience.

Denzel Washington talked about this years ago, making a film is like baking a cake or a pie or something. He said you’re going to bake it and put all these ingredients in. You’re going to bake it and serve it to people. And some people are going to go wow this is the best cake I’ve ever tasted. And other people are going to go, it wasn’t that good. But all you can do is bake the cake.

Film Courage: That’s a great analogy. I just re-watched MILLION DOLLAR BABY…(Watch the video on Youtube here).

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About John Paul Rice:

John Paul Rice was born the youngest of four, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At the age of 7, in addition to baseball, he took up theater until his senior year of high school. Mr. Rice attended Georgia State University to pursue a degree in Business. While at college, Mr. Rice was given the opportunity to work on Jerry Bruckheimer’s Remember the Titans as a Titan football player. He enjoyed the experience and turned his focus toward film, working in production on a handful of low budget independent films before moving to Los Angeles a year later. 

In 2001, John landed a position at the Los Angeles division of the German distribution company Senator International (which later became Mandate Pictures) led by industry veteran Joseph Drake (The Hunger Games, Don’t Breathe, Juno, The Grudge). Under Joe’s mentoring, John developed an interest in producing independent feature films. 

In 2008, Mr. Rice formed No Restrictions Entertainment with filmmaker Edgar Michael Bravo. The duo has produced five films together. The critically acclaimed indie feature One Hour Fantasy Girl, written and directed by Mr. Bravo. The following year they produced the psychological drama The Magic Stone and shortly thereafter produced the dramatic and surreal thriller Mother’s Red Dress. One year later Bravo and Rice created a compelling supernatural thriller in Mark’s Secret to Eternal Life. Their latest film A Young Man’s Future is a heartbreaking yet inspiring story about love in the face of mental illness. All five films deal with challenging social issues while telling an entertaining and original narrative story. The team just released their 6th project in 9 years with A Child’s Voice, a supernatural thriller that takes on child trafficking. 

Some of Mr. Rice’s favorite films are Training Day, Chinatown, Midnight Cowboy, Being There and The King’s Speech.


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