Actress Sean Young spoke to Bill about her new movie "No Vacancy," An uplifting film for the whole family and based on a true story, follows a jaded reporter demoted to a rural news bureau who finds her cynicism slowly transformed as she befriends a recovering addict and writes about a church struggling to purchase a motel for homeless families
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ABOUT NO VACANCY
Starring Sean Young (DUNE, BLADE RUNNER), T.C. Stallings (COURAGEOUS, WAR ROOM) and Dean Cain (GOD'S NOT DEAD, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman),
"In a time of bitter division and acrimony in our country, our creative team thought it was an appropriate time to release a movie based on the true story of a community coming together in a literally miraculous way," said Art Ayris, CEO of Kingstone Studios, which produced the film. "The Orlando ABC affiliate had previously done eight feature stories plus M6 in France and Japan's Nippon television had all journeyed to Florida to do stories. We realized this was a story with appeal far beyond central Florida and needed to be told in a way that only a motion picture can communicate. Though the movie has a few fictional components and characters, it is closely based on the true story," Ayris added.
Distributed by Fathom Events, NO VACANCY is directed by Kyle Saylors. His documentary KIMJONIGILA was the first film ever screened at the U.S. Capitol private theater and led to a congressional hearing and the first sanctions against the North Korean prison camps.
NO VACANCY is written by Ayris, whose production credits include Best TV Movie Hollywood's Next Success contest; Best Feature Florida Film & Television; Best Feature Angel Awards, graphic adaptation, for SONY Affirm theatrical release The Remaining; and over 60 comic, animation and film credits. Ayris served as executive editor of the Kingstone Bible, which was a finalist for Christian Book of the Year in the Children's Category.
News reporter Brandi Michaels finds the 2007 economic and housing collapse in central Florida an apt metaphor for her turbulent life. If a looming divorce and her mother's Alzheimer's were not enough, her journalistic dreams are devastated when she is demoted from Orlando to a rural outpost. But when her editor sends Brandi to cover a story on a church struggling to purchase a motel for homeless families during the Great Recession, she finds her cynical news persona challenged as she encounters Cecil, a winsome former drug addict, and sees for herself the selfless and epic struggle of the church as it seeks to take care of the homeless in their community. Her coverage of the story eventually helps the church overcome the opposition to acquire the motel and also plays a role in Brandi's personal redemption as she witnesses first-hand the stories of all those involved. Her article becomes an award-winning piece, serving as a catalytic model to helping homeless families in other communities, and gives her the journalistic impact she had craved all along. Based on the true story of First Baptist Leesburg, Cecil Johnson and the Samaritan Inn.
First Baptist Leesburg's story has been featured in several documentaries including 2018's COME ALIVE. The Samaritan Inn is a real motel converted into use for homeless families that stays full every night of the year.
Find locations near you and buy tickets for NO VACANCY at: www.FathomEvents.com
SEAN YOUNG BIO
Internationally acclaimed star of Screen, Television and Stage Sean Young has starred in over three dozen feature films, including such box office hits as "BLADE RUNNER", "NO WAY OUT", "ACE VENTURA PET DETECTIVE", "COUSINS", "WALL STREET" and "DUNE". She has been fortunate to have worked with several of the most accomplished directors in the industry including Robert Altman, Harold Becker, Roger Donaldson, James Ivory, David Lynch, Gary Marshall, Ismail Merchant, Carl Reiner, Ivan Reitman, Ridley Scott, Tom Shadyak, Joel Shumacher, Oliver Stone and Gus Van Sant.
Young was born as Mary Young in Louisville, Kentucky November 20, 1959, the daughter of Lee Guthrie, a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist, and Donald Young, a television news producer and journalist. She attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and then transferred to and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan, with whom she has two children, Rio Kelly and Quinn Lee. The couple divorced in 2002.
Young began her film career in 1980 in the film "JANE AUSTEN IN MANHATTAN", followed by a small role in the 1981 film "STRIPES"
Her body of work has established her versatility and exhibited her chameleon capability in her leading roles: from an other-worldly replicant in "BLADE RUNNER" opposite Harrison Ford, to the lusty mistress in "NO WAY OUT" with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, to Michael Douglas trophy wife in "WALL STREET", to the gracious wronged-woman in "COUSINS" with Ted Danson, to the ass-kicking, military helicopter pilot trading barbs with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones in "FIREBIRDS", to playing twin sisters in "A KISS BEFORE DYING" with Matt Dillon.
Sean's comedic skills were highlighted in "FATAL INSTINCT", under the direction of Carl Reiner with Armand Assante, as well as "THE PROPRIETOR" which she starred with the incredible Jeanne Moreau. She played a woman seeking a husband in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "UNDER THE BILTMORE CLOCK" for American Playhouse, and the teenage movie star in "TENDER IS THE NIGHT", with Mary Steenburgen and Peter Strauss.
"..the most successful acting turn is by Young, who gives a full-bodied, fully-felt performance as Christine but never allows anything to spill over the edges. Her self-containment here is impressive!... Sean Young has found herself as an actress, rediscovering her is, again, one of the definite pleasures of this little movie." - Joe Baltake (Sacramento Bee 1/19/04)
"THE AMATI GIRLS" (Jan 19, 2001), ensemble cast includes, Cloris Leachman, Mercedes Ruehl, Dinah Manoff, Lee Grant. Paul Sorvino, and Mark Harmon for Triple Axel Productions/Tricor Entertainment (Sean was awarded the Scarlett Award for her performance Marco Island Film Festival, and Best Actress Award - The Sarasota film Festival) "SUGAR AND SPACE" (Jan 2nd 2001 - #5 on Box Office weekend) directed by Francine McDougall, produced by Oscar winner Wendy Finerman (FOREST GUMP) uncovers Sean as Mena Suvari's mother for New Line Pictures. "POOR WHITE TRASH", in which she stars as a white trash mother, Linda Bronco, who becomes a burglar to accumulate money for a college education for her teenage son (winner "Best Acres" Cleveland Film Festival is currently available on DVD).
No stranger to television, she has starred in such highly rated and significantly acclaimed Movie of the Week's as the award-winning legal drama,: "WITNESS TO THE EXECUTION", "BLUE ICE", with Michael Caine, and the mini-series "BLOOD AND ORCHIDS" with Kris Kristofferson. She also starred in CBS's "EVERYTHING TO GAIN",one of its highest-rated Movie of the Weeks.
She has an intensive dance background and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, which served her during her critically acclaimed performance in "STARDUST" with Toni Tenille and Hinton Battle, a musical review of songwriter Mitchell Parish. She performed with Gregory Hines at a special benefit for the American Tap Dance Orchestra where she sits on the Board at their New York City headquarters.
Sean completed two movies for the Lifetime Channel, "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS", released Christmas 2005, and "THE PROTEGE" thet were released in 2006. Next up was a starring role in My Network's series "THE ART OF BETRAYAL." The series featured a 65-episode story arc of hour-long episodes stripped Monday through Friday over the span of 13 weeks, while a re-cap episode highlighted the programs' previous week's story lines that aired every Saturday.
Then back to the big screen she appeared in "THE DROP" with John Savage, "THE GARDEN" and "LIVING THE DREAM" released 2006. Then in 2007, Young finished work on "THE MAN WHO CAME BACK", "HAUNTED ECHOES", "SEA CHANGE" and "DATING IN LA" ... then more recently finished "HARVEST MOON" and "PARASOMNIA" in 2008 and then finally "SIGNAL LOST" with Tony Denison released in 2009.