Screen legend ‘Mary Pickford’ is brought to life in the new feature film in development, Biograph’s “Mary Pickford” – America’s Sweetheart”, a docu-drama about Hollywood’s first lady.
Samantha Lockwood portrays Pickford in this docu-drama about Hollywood’s first lady. Besides Samantha’s incredible resemblance to the screen legend, Samantha comes from showbiz royalty herself, with actor parents. Father Gary Lockwood, who also stars with this daughter in the film portraying theatre magnet David Belasco, is widely known as a Sci-Fi icon as Dr. Frank Poole in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", “Star Trek” and well as many other films, and mother, actress/producer and businesswoman, Denise DuBarry. Samatha has recently been seen as Johnny Knoxville's girlfriend in the feature film "Lords of Dogtown" and as Dakota in "CSI: New York" and produced and starred in the short film "That Guy" directed by Peter Winther and starring Peter Facinelli. Most recently Lockwood stars in her latest movie to date “Shoot The Hero” with Jason Mewes and Danny Trejo, which debuts October 1st on national Pay per View and On Demand and other outlets worldwide.
‘America’s Sweetheart’ is produced by Biograph Company, ironically the company that Pickford first began her film career, back in 1909. Biograph, founded in 1895, is the oldest movie company in America, and revolutionized the motion picture industry. Biograph also has the unique history of filming the Pope for the first time at the Vatican, filming the launch of the Titanic, and producing the first movie in Hollywood, as well as the first movie in Los Angeles.
The film deals with Pickford’s life, her personal and career struggles, and takes you back to a time when movies were born, from her discovery by mentor David Belasco, her days at Biograph Studios, marriage with movie hero Douglas Fairbanks, and formation of her company United Artists, with Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and famed director D. W. Griffith, to her life’s end at her estate ‘Pickfair”. It is a unique film in the sense that everything portrayed in the film is accurate as can be, and inside information from silent movie legends such as Blanche Sweet and Lillian Gish is included as well.
Biograph’s CEO Thomas R. Bond II is also the film’s producer and from a show business lineage as well, being son of the late actor Tommy Bond, who played "Butch" the bully in the original "Little Rascals", and “Jimmy Olsen” in the original “Superman”, and actress Polly Bond, who was also a former Miss California. Bond started out in radio at the age of 13 years old as the youngest broadcaster in the nation, and went onto television, and produced his first feature at 19 years old. Bond has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.
Bond states about the new film “We are very excited to have Samantha onboard as well as her father, screen icon Gary Lockwood, for this exciting historic film. We are proud of this will tell a true and accurate story of Miss Pickford, and to perpetuate the history of Hollywood and of early motion picture history”.