Eleven was the first collaboration between They Shall Live director Nick Forte and producer Lucien Lafreniere (SGT. USMC, RET.). It was produced in a timespan of 3 weeks for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut, a not-for-profit organization promoting lifelong learning to adults 50 years and older. The film premiered at a special veterans day memorial event at the University of Connecticut. Forte and Lafreniere are accompanied by Walt Disney NYC Community Relations Specialist Ryan MacNamara, who joins them to produce They Shall Live.
Nick Forte is an award-winning director and cinematographer from Connecticut. A graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, Forte made his foray into filmmaking directing short subjects and music videos, including a remake of Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle. His work has been featured on major music review sites including the Myspace Music homepage. In 2011, he directed and shot a 25-minute documentary short titled Eleven, chronicling the impact of service on the lives of eleven military veterans ranging from World War II to the present day. The film was produced in association with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the University of Connecticut. Eleven marks the initial collaboration between Forte and Lucien Lafreniere, who is also serving as producer on They Shall Live. His work and reel are viewable at http://www.nickforte.com
Lucien Lafreniere is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has been engaged in combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon completion of his service, Lucien has served veterans through various non-profit organizations dedicated to providing housing, education, healthcare, and support for returning service members. Most notably, Lucien served as Connecticut’s state director and outreach coordinator for the national non-profit Student Veterans of America and is currently serving on this organization’s national leadership council. Lucien is committed to serving veterans and their families in addition to sharing their stories on a national stage.
Ryan P. MacNamara brings multi-faceted industry experience to the production team of They Shall Live. A graduate in accounting with a minor in theatre arts, Ryan spent the past five years working for the Walt Disney Company, specializing in corporate outreach. In this capacity, Ryan vetted and funded key arts-focused 501c3 organizations in New York City and Southern California. He has worked extensively to develop relationships with The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Paley Center for Media, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and dozens of non-profit theatres. Ryan will be responsible for coordinating They Shall Live’s fundraising efforts, as well managing the film’s financial activities and reporting.