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(Los Angeles, CA) - HeroicWorld Productions proudly announces the release of the new superhero entertainment documentary Heroic Ambition. Executive produced by Scott Cranford and released by HeroicWorld Productions, Heroic Ambition is slated for release to DVD on July 27, 2010.
The film was written and directed by Scott Cranford, founder of HeroicAmbition.com and former official "Superman" of Metropolis, Illinois. Using character types found in the world of Superman, Cranford has created a film that gives an entertaining and revealing look behind one of the biggest superhero entertainment events in the country.
An actor from Los Angeles, Cranford was selected to play the Man of Steel in a nationwide casting search held by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce for their annual Superman Celebration.
"For eight years, I flew from Los Angeles to Metropolis to portray the Man of Steel for the annual Superman Celebration," Cranford remembers. "Since the first year I portrayed Superman, I wanted to make a documentary [about it]. However, I didn't feel it was appropriate to be making a movie while doing my job. Asking a kid to redo a high five just didn't seem cool."
Cranford gathered film footage of his Superman-related activities while wearing the requisite blue uniform and red cape for Metropolis. Before the end of his tenure as the Man of Steel, Cranford's thoughts turned back to his original inspiration.
"A month before my last year playing Superman, I felt it was the right time to pursue the documentary," says Cranford.
The director put out an online call for footage from the Superman Celebration to add to his documentary project. Cranford was soon contacted by Kevin James, a Boston film student and Superman fan. James and fellow film students and Superman enthusiasts Craig Schaffer and Matt Sinclair drove out from Boston, Massachusetts to Metropolis, Illinois and shot most of what would become Heroic Ambition.
The documentary uncovers the ambition of the city of Metropolis, Illinois and the people surrounding the Annual Superman Celebration. The city of Metropolis holds the title of being the official city of Superman and has been celebrating the Man of Steel annually for 32 years.
"This documentary is my Superman film," says the writer/director. "From the onset, my goal was not necessarily to make a great documentary but to make a great Superman movie and I feel I have achieved this."
Thousands visit the real city of Metropolis annually to celebrate the world's first Superhero -- Superman, The Man of Steel. Witness the ideals of several archetypes within Superman's Universe. Meet the residents of Metropolis and the visitors to one of the biggest superhero entertainment events in the country.
Share the excitement, the controversy and the ambition as expert insights offer different sides to what goes on behind the scenes of the celebration for the world's most legendary comic book hero.
ABOUT SCOTT CRANFORD: Executive Producer Scott Cranford is the founder of HeroicAmbition.com, a universe of twenty-five new superheroes, created and drawn by Cranford, who served as the official Superman of Metropolis, Illinois from 2000-2007. A lifelong admirer of the Superhero genre, Cranford pursued a career in the Superhero Entertainment field in Hollywood, California. Long hours spent on the sets of many action and superhero movies allowed Cranford valuable time for creating the original superheroes and comic-book adventures that would become the basis for HeroicAmbition.com. For more information, visit www.HeroicAmbition.com
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Artwork by Steve Stanley
Photo by Aaron Shoenke
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