Dear Jack

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October 22 at 7:30pm – A portion of all proceeds will go to the Dear Jack Foundation

With his debut solo album on the horizon, 22-year old Something Corporate singer Andrew McMahon expected big things in 2005. Leukemia wasn’t one of them.

DEAR JACK chronicles McMahon on a roller-coaster year, through the highs of recording and releasing a solo album (under the name Jack’s Mannequin) and the lows of being diagnosed with leukemia and breaking up with the love of his life.

Using a DV-camera Maverick Records bought him to capture the making of his album, Andrew shot everything before and after the crucial day in May of 2005 when he both finished the project and was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary is a raw look at a battle with leukemia, from spinal taps to radiation to infusing your body with someone else’s stem cells (in the case, Andrew’s sister Kate, coincidentally on the exact date his album was released).

The film opens on the day Andrew is diagnosed and follows him through every scary, life-changing and intensely personal event that follows. It also flashes back to his childhood, the making of the Jack’s Mannequin album and his collaboration with Tommy Lee, one of the last concerts he played before becoming ill, and his relationships with his sister and her best friends.

DEAR JACK is a testament to family, friends and a love of making music.

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2009

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