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Every moment of my professional life led to the making of this beautiful and horrifying love story. I have been talking about directing for 20 years, but finally found a story that I simply had to tell. Guy Blews, the author, told me: "if you don't make this movie soon, I'll blow my brains out". It was a bit dramatic, but, we got the movie made. Sometimes the urgency of consequences is what you need to make things happen. Without it, I may have taken another 20 years.
    This film challenges you to think about love, life and mortality. It makes you seriously question what you would do if the person you love the most wants to end their life. There are no easy answers and you will probably never know until that time comes.
      – Randall Batinkoff


Randall Batinkoff

Randall has worked with some of the best actors and directors in the movie industry over the last three decades. In the middle of his freshman year at Brown, he was cast as the lead opposite Molly Ringwald in Tri-star film's "For Keeps". 

After college he returned to Hollywood, where he portrayed Reg Goldman, the model-chasing son of the studio head who intimidates Tim Robbins in the classic Robert Altman film, "The Player". Next he played Rip Van Kelt, the morally torn head of the football team in "School Ties", opposite Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, and Chris O'Donnell and Buffy's dim-witted boyfriend Jeffrey in the cult comedy "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Batinkoff had winning roles in John Singleton's "Higher Learning"; in Nicole Holofcener's Sundance debut "Walking and Talking"; in "The Peacemaker", with Nicole Kidman and George Clooney; in "Mad City" with Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta; and as Helen Hunt's vomit-hating, forehead-licking date in the James Brooks' Oscar-winning "As Good As It Gets".

Batinkoff starred in the edgy Sundance competitor "The Curve", as Rand, a smooth, well-manicured killer opposite Keri Russell, and Matthew Lillard and the Slamdance-premiered "Let the Devil Wear Black", as a racist hit-man with Norman Reedus, and Mary-Louise Parker and Jacqueline Bisset.  Batinkoff received rave reviews from critics when he portrayed Hugh Hefner in the Peter Werner directed, USA studios film, "Hefner: Unauthorized."  Most impressive was Mr. Hefner's public praise for the performance, citing the actor as "excellent, a cross between myself and Jim Carrey."

Batinkoff  plays opposite Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen in "Bordertown", Gregory Nava's drama about the Juarez murders; and in "Broken", where he co-stars with Heather Graham and Jeremy Sisto.

Randall recently had a memorable role in Lionsgate cult smash "Kick Ass", based on the hit comic book of the same name, directed by Matthew Vaughn, and starring Nicholas Cage and Chloe Moretz. Randall produced the Kick Ass video game for the Sony Playstation Network.

"37: A Final Promise" marks his directorial debut, which he also co-wrote and produced.  


Guy Blews

Author/Producer - Guy is the Author of 'Marriage & How To Avoid It', the instigator of "Realistic Relationships", the Doctor of "Smack Therapy", and the genius behind "Less Thing$ More Love".

In his series of books, Guy Blews is on a mission to dismantle the fantasy and stop the mis-education with a tone that might best be described as brutal but positive, amusing yet educational, practical and applicable.

Guy Blews is a Certified Life Coach who preaches, teaches and lives by The Holy Trinity Of Success - physical, financial and emotional balance. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows throughout the world and is more than prepared for a congenial conversation or a friendly fight.

As a Fashion Designer, Commentator, Stylist and Advisor, Guy Blews has a knowledge of the fashion industry that includes design, manufacture, sales, marketing and image consulting.

During his formative years, Guy Blews was a singer songwriter who performed on many stages to many audiences with varying degrees of success... which explains a lot.

He recently authored the book "How Angles Die" about the tragic loss of his girlfriend which has been made into the film "37: A Final Promise", which he produced.

Guy Blews- Visionary or pariah? You decide.


Leila Djansi

Producer - Leila born on July 17, 1981 is an American and Ghanaian filmmaker who started her film career in the Ghana film industry. She grew up in India and Ghana. She began her film education at the National Film and Television School, but left Ghana for the United States to continue her Film and Television Degree at Savannah College of Art and Design on an artistic Honors Scholarship.

In the United States, she established Turning Point Pictures, an independent production company geared towards social issue films. Djansi's first film, "Grass Between My Lips", a story of female circumcision and early marriage, set in a northern Ghana village, was awarded a 2009 worldFest Platinum Award.

In 2010, her debut feature, "I Sing of a Well" was nominated for 11 African Movie Academy Awards. In 2011, Djansi was presented with the BAFTA/LA Pan African Film Festival Choice Award for the film.

Djansi's 2011 film, "Sinking Sands", received 10 African Movie Academy Award nominations, with Ama K Abebrese winning the Best Actress Award and Djansi earning the Best Original Screenplay Award. At the first Ghana Movie Awards in 2011, the film, nominated in 14 categories, received 4 awards including "Best Picture". 

Her 2012 film "Ties that Bind", starring Kimberly Elise, Randall Batinkoff, Ama K Abebrese, Omotola Ekeinde, John Dumelo, and Ebbe Bassey was the biggest winner at the 2011 Ghana Movie Awards, bagging 9 awards including the Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture.


Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Executive Producer - Stephanie is widely recognized for her contributions to the American fashion industry.

In June 2012, Wolkoff announced the launch of SWW Creative, a new agency that will provide innovative collaborations within the spheres of fashion, beauty, sports, entertainment, and technology. Clients include IMG Fashion Worldwide, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Hermes, and Ralph Lauren. SWW Creative will forge personal and professional relationships across global power industries; advising brands, companies and individuals as they seek to build advantageous ventures and superlative initiatives.

Prior to SWW Creative, in November 2009, Wolkoff became the founding Fashion Director of Lincoln Center and oversaw the relocation of New York City's biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park. In addition, she supervised every aspect of Lincoln Center-based Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week events and coordinated an ambitious year-round initiative of fashion-related programming at Lincoln Center including, playing host to the CFDA Awards, international conferences, designer lecture series, fashion technology symposiums, and Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey. Wolkoff is the President and Executive Producer of the Style Awards, in partnership with Penske Media Corporation, broadcasted on CNN.

In 2011, she was honored by the Gordon Parks Foundation at their annual awards dinner celebrating creativity, along with Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee and Sir Ken Robinson.

"37: A Final Promise" marks her first feature film production.


Jesse Stratton

Co-Writer - Jesse Stratton was born in Western New York and began collaborating as a writer with 37 director of photography Wes Cardino while still a freshman in college. Jesse attended the catholic university of America as a theater major and thereafter moved to Chicago where he began focusing seriously on screenwriting as a profession under the tutelage of Chicago screenwriter and play write, Paul Peditto. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA, where he works as a screenwriter and script consultant. "37" represents his first produced feature length screenplay.


Wes Cardino

Cinematographer - Wes earned a BFA from Purchase College Conservatory of Film and an MFA in Cinematography from the prestigious American Film Institute. Wes's camera work on the narrative short "The Escape" garnered him the Honorable Mention for the William A. Fraker Heritage Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography at the 25th Annual ASC Awards. The film went on to win Best Dramatic Short at the 15thAnnual LA ShortsFest as well as qualify for the Academy Awards. Shortly after AFI Wes shot his first feature in Ghana, Africa. "Ties That Bind," directed by Leila Djansi and staring Kimberly Elise, and Randall Batinkoff, which won several awards at the Ghana Movie Awards including Best Cinematography. Wes has gone on to DP several other feature films including "A Relative Stranger" and "Hot Air".


Chris W. Hill

Editor - Raised on New York's upper west side by a painter-mother and actor-father, Chris W. Hill was immersed in the visual arts from an early age. Chris went to high school at Professional Children's School, and then to college at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Chris moved to Los Angeles in 2003. Since then, he has edited a wide range of movies including "Brothers In Arms", a western for Sony Pictures. And more recently "GirlTrash: All Night Long" a rock musical from the creators of "The L Word." He's also edited the most recent six seasons of CBS' "Big Brother".


Cathleen Flynn

Composer - Cathleen Flynn has worked in Film/TV music for nearly 20 years. She has freelanced as a music/vocal editor, vocal producer, singer, copyist, transcriber and arranger on literally hundreds of projects.  Included in her list of credits are such films as "Inceptions", "The Dark Knight Rises", "Pirates Of The Caribbean", "Tarzan", and "Brother Bear."  

She began composing in 2011. Since then she has written cues and songs for countless TV series, scored and sang on several documentaries, feature films, shorts and trailers.


Dandi Dewey

Costume Designer - Having been raised in an eclectic household with two actor parents, Dandi discovered the art of pairing stripes with checks at the tender age of two. She went on to discover that her singing voice was a much better way of delivering her barbies passionate performances and insisted on designing their scant clothing ta' boot. Sadly, only she was entertained by her renditions of "Heidi" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" so she went on to discover her love of music through her new muse… the violin. While she stuck out like a sore outrageously clothed violin yielding thumb amongst the conservatively postured orchestras, she never did succumb to their ever-grimacing glares. She let her freak flag fly.

After becoming an accomplished chef of many years she decided to go back to the beat of her own drum and dive into the world of fashion. Turns out, her outlandish eye for styling details, non-paradigmical pattern coupling and word maker up-ing was well received in the land of Hollywood. She has since worked on dozens of commercials, music videos, feature films and promos and lives in Echo Park with her dog Charlie Cornflake.


Jennifer Levy

Casting Director - Jennifer Levy has been a casting director for 12 years.  She started in independent film and has also worked in television as a casting executive at The WB and in the films and mini-series casting department at HBO. During her career, Jennifer has cast films that have been featured at The Sundance Film Festival, as well as other festivals across the country.  Some of her credits include: Two Days, Ten Years Later, Right at Your Door and Playback. She is currently casting the independent films Open Doors and All The Birds Fly South. Jennifer has a great love and respect for actors and was featured on the cover of Backstage this year as one of the Casting Directors to know. 


Jeremy White

Production Designer - Jeremy White is an LA based production designer with a background in music videos, shorts, commercials and feature films. A third generation industry professional, his ever expanding network includes SFX artists, builders, welders, scenic painters, graphic designers, web developers, etc... He is also constantly expanding and upgrading his kit, which includes special effects tools and makeup, a small armory of prop guns, and a myriad of tools for builds/fabrications. No matter what the nature of the project, he can make it happen.

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