James A. Brooks has been a filmmaker for over 15 years making music videos and quality low budget movies while honing his skills as a writer, producer and director so now he’s ready to direct his most ambitious project to date, the multi-million dollar love story Crying 4 You”.
Perhaps best known for the 2005 western “Buckaroo”, which boasted a 250k budget and featured Simon R Baker, Gary Busey, Lindsay Wagner, Adam West, the Las Vegas native is looking forward to working on this tale of bittersweet romance, which was jump started by the endorsement of producer Robert Raymond (Schindler’s List). Budgeted at 10 million, the film is currently finishing up its final round of financing and is in pre-production.
Based on the relationship between James’s friend David Skrock and singer Jackie O. tragedy struck when she was killed by a bus in Las Vegas before they could marry and just after she signed with RCA records. Brooks brought the script to Raymond through their mutual friend Tony Marchev and now with Robert on board a 2012 shoot with locations in Australia, Canada and Las Vegas is planned and casting is underway.
A Las Vegas native and the 13th of 14 children born to a minister and his wife James enjoyed a happy childhood. “It felt like the Brady Bunch. We had a lot of fun. There were times when you didn’t get what YOU wanted, but you made do with what you had.” he recalled. Although his siblings didn’t share his love for filmmaking, James discovered his passion early on when he won a contest in the second grade. “You could build anything that you wanted and had three months to put it together.” he said before explaining how he constructed a movie marquee out of one of his mother’s church hats. After cutting a square hole in the middle he put Christmas tree lights around it along with strips collected from the Las Vegas Sun and pasted them together before placing them on two dowels.
Brooks credits his family including Io ear old son James and especially wife Dee Dee, who is also the Vice President in his production company Brooksvision, with giving him the support system he’s needed in order to keep following his dream. “When I’ve been down she’s always been there to pick me up. Sometimes you want to give up,” he admitted, “Most people don’t have the energy or will to make it if they don’t succeed the first time around. I have paid my dues in a sense, but I’m still here. I’m going to continue to make films. I’m not going anywhere,” he concluded.
– Patty Fantasia