Inspired by true events, Chase is a poignant story of friendship and hardship, told through the eyes of a young woman named Maul. The film follows Maul and her best friend Chase in two storylines at different times. In one, they are carefree, happy-go-lucky, and healthy. In the other, Chase is battling a brain tumor. The two collide at the end, forcing Maul to navigate their friendship in an unexpected way.
The True Story
"Chase" is based on writer/director Rachel Kopilow’s lifelong friendship with Brendan Ogg. While home for winter break of his sophomore year at college, Brendan was diagnosed with a Stage IV brain tumor--a shocking result of debilitating headaches that began a few days earlier. During the year he spent in treatment, Brendan used his talents as a writer and poet (influenced by his favorites--John Keats, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald) to artfully express his recovery and relapse. In the final weeks of his life, Brendan edited his book, "Summer Becomes Absurd" (Finishing Line Press, June 2010). Brendan died peacefully at his home in Silver Spring, MD, on February 24, 2010.
The film's two characters, Chase and Maul, represent a collage of Brendan's many friends who stayed by his side throughout his illness. Throughout his 14-month decline, Brendan maintained his wit and creativity, a spirit that "Chase" tries to capture. In the film—as in Brendan’s life—there is hardship, but also laughter; tragedy, but also comedy.
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Chase was shot during two weekends in April 2011. With the help of a crew of nearly 50 students, we shot on location in and around Chicago, IL.
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