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God Bless You, Howard Ashman

Jonathan Polenz
Jonathan Polenz, Jess Tory

A feature-length documentary on the life and work of HOWARD ASHMAN, the critically acclaimed and award winning writer, lyricist, and producer. Ashman wrote LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SMILE, and the lyrics for Disney's LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and parts of ALADDIN before dying of complications from AIDS at the age of forty. The film will be an intimate portrait of the man "who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul," as the dedication to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST puts it. His work continues to capture the imaginations of children and adults the world over, but few people know his life story. Using raw, verite style, imaginative visuals, incredible musical performances, and high profile interviews, the film will capture the humanity of the person behind the magical work, the true stories behind the fantastical scenes, and the courage of a man who kept writing music despite the ravages of A.I.D.S.

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