For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014
Before His Death, Bay Area
Filmmaker Rushes to Tell the Story of His Life!
CRUCIAL CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNIS LAUNCHED
TO FINANCE TRUE LIFE STORY: “TOUCHED BY HANNAH”
San Jose, CA – Diagnosedand treated at age 52 for a
deadly form of prostate cancer, one of the Bay Area’s
most popular filmmakers, Chris Hennessy, not only nearly
died but had to confront the first of many
life-threatening crises. In the same year (2009) Chris
hadcancer surgery (8/3/09 @ Stanford Hospital)almost
died a couple days later,and hisdaughter Hannah was born
(9/1/09) three months premature (due date was
12/7/09)weighing merely one pound and nine ounces.
Hannah was in the hospital for three months at the same
time Chris began a three-month regimen of naueseating
five-days-a-week radiation treatments.
Now occupied with the job of saving the life of his
daughter as well as his own, practically overnight Chris
and his wife Betsy became parents extraordinaire. How he
and Hannah survived their life-threatening ordeals has
become for Chris Hennessy a pivotal story that he’s
determined to tell via a feature length docudrama movie.
With meticulous planning, scriptwriting, promotional
video pieces produced, location scouting and other
preproduction assets in the can, Chris has now taken the
second major step in making his cinematic dream a
reality. Commencing on May 4, 2014, Chris launched a
crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to secure donations
and funding to finance the filming of Touched by Hannah.
With close to 25 years experience as a full time
filmmaker, Chris and his company Custom Video Connection
recent client list includes Office Max, eBay, Deloitte,
Zumba and the Four Seasons Hotel. They have produced
more than 1500 professional films and seen more than
four million Internet video views. Chris is now
confident and ready for the main course, Touched by
Hannah, his first feature length film.
Besides writing the film treatment and complete
screenplay his production company has a business plan
and commercial website and popular social networks in
place, and are gathering thousands of Touched by Hannah
followers and fans.
“In a nutshell, Touched by Hannah is an original
story based upon true events that occurred in 2009. The
plotline reveals my family's journey through several
life-threatening experiences followed by several
miracles!" Chris has written on the film’s official
“The same organic sense of humor and
never-give-up-inspirational attitude, along with his
Christian Faith and values, has contributed greatly to
our publicity and marketing campaign,” said Chris’
assistant producer, Patrick P. Stafford.
"Chris's ability to stay focused, his faith,
confidence, positive attitude and one-of-a-kind sense of
humor making everyone around him laugh and relax, even
in life’s most challenging times, is the real glue to
this story and makes Touched by Hannah such a delight,”
said assistant producer, Patrick P. Stafford.
Chris was recently interviewed for a feature story on
an NBC TV News segment called “Bay Area Proud.” The
piece, by longtime NBC reporter Garvin Thomas, aired on
April 22, 2104, and was featured on a special recap of
Bay Area Proud on May 9, 2014.http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Jose-Filmmaker-Rushes-To-Tell-The-Story-Of-His-Life-256293681.html
Chris was also interviewed by reporter Peter Finch of
San Francisco’s most popular talk radio station, KGO,
for a piece on his segment (aired May 5, 2014), “The
In addition, Matthew Lesko, a bestselling author who
appears regularly on network television shows did a ten
minute segment on Chris and Touched by Hannah. Mr.
Leasko is popularly known as "That Question Mark Guy"
for the Ridder-like suits he wears. Leskoaired the story
on his “Lesko Free Radio” video podcast on Sunday, May
4th, and it is being continuously viewed on their
website at this time.
Chris’ marketing and publicity manager is scheduling
other spots during the course of the Indiegogo campaign,
which ends June 5, 2014.
To become a part of *Touched by Hannah by
contributing to the Indiegogo campaign, you should
Chris and his production crew and company are
offering a long list of amazing giveaways (perks) and
benefits to every person who contributes to the film
funding campaign. The campaign is slated to run through
June 5, 2014.
To learn more about Touched by Hannah, the
feature-length docudrama film slated for production
later this year, and be kept up to date on currnet
events regarding the film’s upcoming production, please
visit the official Touched by Hannah website athttp://www.touchedbyhannah.com/index.htm.
You can also visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6h2FmaMcKc to view
the film promo video/trailer and get a taste of what the
feature docudrama film will be like. Plus, you can
listen to the original song (“Hannah’s Song”) and watch
the entertaining video created especially for Touched by
in the works to release the song as a single and market
and distribute the song in conjunction with and separate
from the Touched by Hannah feature.
To join the conversation about Touched by Hannah and
particpate in promotionals and special offers, please
visitthe film’s Facebook fan page at
Film producer/director Chris Hennessy is available
for questions, media interviews and reviews, with his
full contact info provided herein below.
CEO/Founder and Producer & Director
CUSTOM VIDEO CONNECTION
San Jose, California 95124
Phone: (408) 267-3012
Touched by Hannah,
a Feature Docudrama Film
*Prior to May 1, Indiegogo Preview Page: