After graduating in 1993 from USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program, Scott Lew worked in various industry positions, including a five year stint as Director of Development for Beacon Pictures. While there, he worked on many films, including Spy Game, Air Force One, and Bring it On.

Scott went on to produce and direct documentaries, including Fan Club, for VH-1, and Welcome Sinners! The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, which won top awards at the 2001 Silver Lake Film Festival and the 2002 Cinekink Festival in New York.

Scott currently has three series pilots at ABC: Floral Drive, with Jinks/Cohen producing; Camp Sunnyside, with Matt Gross producing; and Shermer Point, with J.J. Abrams and Tom Sherman producing.

Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas is Scott’s feature film debut.

Most filmmakers have inspiring stories to tell of all the many obstacles they have had to overcome. In the case of Scott Lew, those obstacles were far beyond what anyone could have ever imagined when he set out to direct his first film, Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas. The story of Scott’s journey as a filmmaker is as inspiring a triumph as the film itself.

Scott began his quest to make Bickford nine years ago. As the financing to produce the film was finally coming together, he was delivered the worst news imaginable: he had ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), a debilitating, progressive, and incurable illness. This shocking diagnosis only made Scott more determined to direct the movie.

Like the film he wrote and directed, Scott’s story is one of an indomitable spirit triumphing over tragedy.

The quality of Scott’s screenplay for Bickford and his remarkable spirit and imagination attracted a formidable cast and producing team to get the film made as soon as possible (before the disease progressed too far).

Inspired by Scott and the message of the film, the film’s producers took no fees and are donating their entire share of revenues to ALS charities. The production company behind the film, Vulcan Productions, matched that generosity so that a quite sizable share of all revenues generated by the film will go directly to ALS charities.

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