A Brush with Fame
Avery Thompson is a funny, heartfelt, and eccentric filmmaker and radio producer who has done almost every job under the sun. Like many 20-year-olds, he had big plans of what he was going to do with his life—he was determined to be the next Orson Welles. Unable to find someone to fund his creative endeavors and a portfolio of nothing more than a few zany student films, Avery took a summer job with a landscaping company in the Hamptons, determined he would meet the right people to eventually help him land his dream job in film. Surely Jerry Seinfeld would need a new walkway! Or Robert DeNiro would need his roses cut! As the weeks went on, toiling away under the hot sun, Avery received the worst project he could think of—painting a fence in between overgrown holly bushes. But then, a hilarious and chance run-in with Steven Spielberg helped set Avery on the path to what he was destined to do.
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