Zachary Alexander Rice supports new film “Sparks”

“This film is awesome!” says child actor, Zachary Alexander Rice. “If you are a huge comic book and graphic novel fan, like me, you gotta’ check this movie out!”

This was the quote from Zach at a recent red carpet appearance to support Autism Speaks.

Zachary Alexander Rice and his Mother at the Autism Speaks Event

Zachary Alexander Rice and his Mother, McKenzie Van Dorne- Rice at the Autism Speaks Event


Clearly, comics have had an increasing presence at the theatre in the last few years, and 2013-14 looks to continue that trend. Hollywood is trying hard to court what they view as a loyal, established, customer base and it seems to be working. First quarter sales on comic books were up;  27% in periodical sales, 21% in graphic novel sales, and 47% in sales from merchandise. That means the industry had a total growth of 29% compared to last year. While other industries are falling, the comic market is cooler than ever and movies are adding fuel to that fire.

SPARKS is based on the independently released graphic novel series and has been adapted for the big screen by the series creator, Christopher Folino.

The feature film version brings together two of Hollywood’s rising stars Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) who are supported by award winning actors Clancy Brown (Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) and William Katt (Carrie, The Greatest American Hero)

It is a superhero noir thriller about a masked vigilante Ian Sparks who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation’s most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks’ life and reputation in ruins.

Some recent reviews:
“Sparks delivers high action, twists, excitement and brilliant, well thought out directing.” Washington Times, Sherrie Perkovich

“[Sparks has] amazingly pulled together a cast of both familiar character actors and up and comers and pulled off unbelievable CG effects.” Comic Book Resources, Jason Tabrys   “Sparks has become my new 2013 favorite. Folino and the others did an outstanding job with this super hero thriller that I believe to be filmmaking’s rare gem.”, P.J. Costa

“The film had everything going for it: an amazing cast, awesome special effects, great story with nice twist and turns, tragedy and redemption.”, Phillip Castor

“With Sparks, the film’s writer and co-director Chris Folino has [a] potential hit..”, Vaneta Rogers

“What happens when you take Watchmen, mix it with Sin City, and then throw in a little Casablanca for good measure?  Hopefully something sparks. And in this particular case—you do indeed get Sparks.” Fanboy Planet, Joe Vanourney

Winner of Omaha Film Festival ‘OFF the EDGE’ Award.\

Sparks the movie



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