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Who Is Paul Prischman And Why Is There A Benefit Screening Of BLADE RUNNER Happening At Warner Bros?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Simply put, Paul Prischman’s one of the good guys. Here’s a letter I got from his good friend Christopher Drake today, a gentle prod that reminded me that I needed to get an article together about an upcoming screening:

Hi Guys, At 12 noon Pacific time today (Wed the 28th), tickets will be available to the general public for the Paul's Brain Trust screening of BLADE RUNNER with Ridley Scott. If you could all post an alert on the main page of your respective sites at that time, it would be a great coordinated effort to send awareness and traffic to the site. Click there to see what Chris is talking about. Included is the approved graphic for the event, as well as a press release for you to adapt to your needs. On behalf of all of us at the Brain Trust, Sincere thanks, for all your efforts in promoting help for our man Paul. Your pal, Christopher Drake

I met Paul many years ago. He was one of the occasional members of AICN’s Jedi Council. He’s a hardcore film nerd, but he’s also a guy who worked on films as a storyboard artist (his HELLBOY stuff was gorgeous) and turning out some of the best DVD special editions in the history of home video. Think I’m exaggerating? Paul was part of that amazing ALIEN QUADRILOGY box. And he was also a major contributor to the BLADE RUNNER set that we all flipped out over this past Christmas. But his real contributions are the kind that are hard to quantify. Paul is the kind of guy who will literally do anything to help a friend. Anything. Paul worked tirelessly on everything he’s ever been associated with, and I’m amazed at how unflagging his enthusiasm and energy has always been. Paul’s also a dad and a husband, devoted to his family and enormously proud of them. I love his kids and his wife... they’re just as big-hearted and wonderful as he is. So when Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, it was a shock to a huge network of people, and now that Paul is struggling with both ongoing treatments and recovery, that network has kicked into action, and they’re doing what they can to give back some of that same enthusiasm and energy to him and his family. I’ll let you read the press release for yourself. If you’ve never seen a film at the Steven J. Ross on the Warner Lot, you should buy a ticket for this benefit screening. It’s an awesome theater, and this is going to be one hell of an event. It’s also just the first of many that Paul’s friends are going to be organizing to help him, and I’m sure we’ll have details on each of these events as they come together in the months ahead. For now, consider this my most passionate endorsement: if you have the means, and you’re remotely inclined, buy a ticket for this event. And if you can’t, at least visit Paul’s official site and see if there’s anything else you can do to help this exceptional guy during a moment of extreme need.

May 28, 2008: PAUL’S BRAIN TRUST LAUNCHES NEXUS 6 LEVEL FUNDRAISING EVENT New Series of Charity Events to Include Special Screenings, Online Auctions of Rare Movie Artifacts and Memorabilia BURBANK, CA – Paul Prischman, unquestionably “one of the good ones” – dedicated husband, father, and friend; DVD producer; gifted artist; comic book lover; musician; and worshipper at the altar of all things film – was recently diagnosed with grade IV brain cancer. Paul’s Brain Trust, an effort to fundraise for our friend Paul and his family during this difficult time, has put together our first major event: a screening of BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, attended by several cast and crew, and followed by a Q&A with director Ridley Scott, at the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. lot, Saturday, June 14th at 2:00 pm Attendees will receive a limited edition BLADE RUNNER collectible courtesy of Warner Home Video. Additionally, we will be auctioning off ten premium passes for a private walking tour of the BLADE RUNNER locations on the Warner Bros. backlot hosted by one of our special guests from the film, as well as an opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind piece of BLADE RUNNER history. BACKGROUND Raised in the 60’s and 70’s on Universal Monster movies, Edgar Rice Burroughs, comic books, Tolkien and STAR WARS, Paul and his wife Cristin moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 2000. Paul began working at the now-legendary Laser Disc/home theater specialty store “Dave’s Video.” While at Dave’s, Paul met respected DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, who, in the spring of 2003, hired Paul to assist in the finishing stages of the comprehensive ALIEN QUADRILOGY boxed set. Later that same year, Paul was hired by Guillermo del Toro to do storyboard work on HELLBOY: a dream project for Paul (whose devotion to HELLBOY is documented in Frank Darabont’s introduction to the HELLBOY: ODDER JOBS short story anthology). Paul went on to focus professionally on DVD production at the Lauzirika Motion Picture Company (his list of credits as producer include THE FLY II special edition as well as MONSTER HOUSE. He was the associate producer of such titles as AMERICAN GANGSTER, SPIDER-MAN 2, GLADIATOR: EXTENDED EDITION, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and the recent REVENGE: DIRECTOR’S CUT), culminating in his associate producing what many believe to be the holy grail of DVD boxed sets: 2007’s BLADE RUNNER Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Paul and Cristin currently live in Los Angeles and are the proud parents of two beautiful little girls, Michaela (4) and Abigail (2). In February of this year, an MRI revealed that Paul had a golf ball sized brain tumor in his brain stem. On March 18th, Paul underwent brain surgery. Although the tumor was successfully removed, the pathology revealed it to be Grade 4 brain cancer – Gliobastoma Multiforme (GBM) – a particularly aggressive cancer with a very low survival rate. Paul is currently rehabilitating from surgery while undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, and other costly treatments. The outpouring of support from countless individuals who know and love Paul has been amazing. PAUL’S BRAIN TRUST is a group of Paul’s friends who have come together to coordinate fundraising events to help Paul and his family. Our first planned event will be a screening of BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, where it belongs: on the big screen. Saturday, June 14th at 2:00 pm in the state-of-the-art Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. lot. That's right: the same Burbank backlot where BLADE RUNNER was produced more than a quarter century ago. Director Ridley Scott will be on hand for a rare Q&A, along with many of BLADE RUNNER's original collaborators. Attending cast and crew members will be announced soon but it will be an extraordinary event not to be missed. All who attend will receive a limited edition BLADE RUNNER collectible courtesy of Warner Home Video. We will also be auctioning off ten premium passes for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no serious BLADE RUNNER fan will be able to pass up: A private walking tour of the BLADE RUNNER locations on the Warner Bros. back lot hosted by one of our special guests from the film. Walk the very streets where this science fiction classic was filmed and hear fascinating inside stories from the set, firsthand. The identity of the BLADE RUNNER tour guide will be revealed soon, but rest assured, it will be a truly amazing experience. Premium pass holders will also receive a BLADE RUNNER gift bag, including a rare collectible item not available elsewhere, and our top bidder will win a one-of-a-kind piece of BLADE RUNNER history. More details to come! Visit to buy tickets, keep posted on our latest events, and contribute to Paul and his family. CONTACT Trisha Gum 310-994-8795
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  • May 29, 2008, 2 a.m. CST


    by Chumkid

    so insensitive

  • May 29, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I already have the tickets!!!

    by Tal111

    Can't wait!!!

  • May 29, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a very worthy event!...too much BR is NEVER enuff

    by quantize


  • May 29, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST


    by Tal111

    Hold out for the Deluxe Edition coming in two months!!

  • May 29, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by DocDaneeka

    i would so fucking be there if i wasn't going to be out of town for my mom's birthday. but i'll be making a contribution regardless. good luck and good health to mr. prischman and his family.

  • May 29, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Excellent event

    by kwisatzhaderach

    If I didn't live in the UK i'd be there in a second. Hope it is a huge success for Paul and his family.

  • May 29, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Why is this newsworthy?

    by vadakinX

    I mean no disrespect, the guy has cancer, that sucks. But so do a million other people who won't get heavily publicised fundraisers to help pay for their treatment. <p> I get that they want to help their friend, that's fine. But maybe they could hold two screenings, one for him and the other to raise money for cancer research in general.

  • May 29, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    I wish I wasn't broke.

    by beastie

    But my thoughts and prayers (as agnostically useless as they may be) are with his friends and family. The woman who would have been my mother-in-law died of the same thing and I have seen the pain that the evil of cancer can cause.</p><p>Also, after looking at his family photos and knowing that he helped put those DVD sets together I have a slight, straight nerd/man crush on the guy.

  • May 29, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Brain trust - kinda tasteless innit?

    by messi


  • May 29, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 29, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    vadakinX, Why are you a douchebag?

    by geekzapoppin

    Don't you have some starving kids to kick or kittens to drown?

  • May 29, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Why does everyone like this film so much?

    by Sithdan

    I bought the bare-bones DVD at Wal-Mart for about 6 bucks. I didn't need anything more, nor did I want to spend any more money on it. I mean, it's an okay film but definitely not the flawless classic as everyone says it is. I actually enjoyed the novel more than I did the movie.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    What the heck are you talking about Yobo?

    by Jawa 007

    It's just a benefit you wanker. At any rate it sounds awesome and worthwhile.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo

    by Sithdan

    I lived in the U.K. for four months while studying a semester abroad back in 1999. It was the most fun I've ever had in my life. I really miss it there. I agree, I would prefer to live there than in the U.S. This place is a hell hole.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    move to England.<p>but i'll warn you, the like Blade Runner even more over there.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    The reason I donated

    by Nico Toscani

    I can't make it to the BR screening but I did donate to the fund. I did so because I hope that people would help me if I was in that situation. Remember, the biggest problem in this universe is that people don't help each other.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    If I didn't live in South Africa...

    by brokentusk

    I'd be there in a heart beat. This sounds like such a great event, especially when it's in aid of a good cause. To the morons who feel the need to whine about this - it's obvious that other people also deserve charity for treatment, but Paul's friends and family organised this event especially for him. It doesn't mean you have to boycott it just because other people are sick in the world. AICN were asked to put up a story about it because a. there isn't a space limit on this site where only a certain amount of news stories can be posted, and b. this charity event RELATES TO FILM GEEKS. God forbid you keep your opinions to yourselves for once.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Tasteless? Insensitive? Unfair?

    by pennilessphd

    Do you know why Paul's friends have worked tirelessly for months to put this event together? Not because he's a celebrity. Not because he's famous or well-connected. Because he's a regular guy - a movie geek - who worked tirelessly since the day he moved out to L.A. to foster meaningful relationships with all kinds of people. He's genuinely a wonderful PERSON, who happens to love movies - just the way most of you do. And while I agree, there are certainly other people in the world dying of brain cancer who aren't being funded as well as they ought to be, why not start here? Here's an opportunity to give to the brain cancer cause. Help ONE person whose work you admire. Help him because you hate cancer or because you loved BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, or because you hope that if something this awful ever happened to you all the movie geeks you've "talk backed" with would help you out. Brain cancer is never a fair diagnosis. And global capitalism has put society in an unfair situation. Let's even the playing ground a little bit. We're not asking for donations for a millionaire - we're asking for donations for a guy who, until 3 months ago, was the sole supporter for his wife and two little girls, who now aren't sure if they'll be able to pay the rent next month. And if you can't give, or don't want to - don't hate. Paul wouldn't want that.

  • May 29, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo...

    by bluelou_boyle

    If you rely on the NHS for a treatment like this then there is a good chance you will be waiting MONTHS for treatment. So yes, 'UK people might not need benefits' but they should get private health insurance.

  • May 29, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by spiderinside

    This guy's as good as dead. Grade IV GM in the brainstem is literally the worst prognosis of any kind of central nervous system malignancy. Sounds like he's a stand-up individual. It always happens to the good ones, huh? I'd love to go and support this cause (as well as geek out at BR and Ridley Scott) but I'm extremely poor. Good luck, man.

  • May 29, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I feel bad

    by BitterMan23

    When I bought my ticket it was 40 bucks. Now its 50, which I assume was the intended price. I shorted the dude 10 bucks because someone made a typo.

  • May 29, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Oh man, I could burst into tears...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I would love to attend this but I am 8000km away... :-((((((

  • May 29, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Here's a hint:

    by TequilaMocking

    Be insensitive in the other AICN threads. You can probably imagine that friends and family of Paul may run across this.

  • May 29, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Captain Mal

    ...some of you people are sacks of shit. <P> Wish I could make the screening, but I will be donating regardless--not because Paul's the only sick guy in the world, or because he's been involved in a lot of cool things, but because it's something I can do for a decent person in a very dire situation. <P> And, Yobo, it's nice that you "value the life of each person," and extremely impressive that you value it so much, you took the time to jut your chin into a goodwill talkback to randomly spew hate toward an entire nation's worth of said people. Kudos, man. You're one helluva guy.

  • May 29, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Dave's Laser Blazer!

    by Kevin Kittridge

    That place ruled! I was really bummed when it closed down. <br> Positive vibes your way, Paul!

  • May 29, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Dave's Video

    by The Inspector

    Paul was the last guy to clock out at Dave's the night it closed! He was the shift manager working when Dave called and told him that that night was the last.

  • May 29, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    All of it, minus PayPal

    by The Inspector

    Beyond the percentage PayPal takes, ALL of the proceeds are going to Paul and his family.

  • May 29, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    I have tried repeatedly to like Blade Runner

    by thebearovingian

    I really have. But I just can't get into it. I even bought the 5-disc HD-DVD and watched all the different versions (I prefer no voice-over). Then I sold it for a great price to someone who'll actually give it a good home where it will be loved and cherished.

  • May 29, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Don't usually agree with Danny

    by Blade_Runner

    but his assessment of Yobo is dead on.

  • May 29, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    For those who just don't get it.

    by Blade_Runner

    You have my sympathy. Blade Runner is a true Sci-Fi classic. Each to his own, however, and I'm glad you at least gave it a try.

  • May 29, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Sheesh... why not just live off the government like the other ca

    by W3bzpinn3r

    Why waste our time and money? If you want to just give money away, why not go contribute to and protect free speech, which affects everyone, not just one nerd who can put a movie on a disc. At least Ted Kennedy has had an impact on the national level.

  • May 29, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    No F Surprise gotham_dickwad doesnt get it...

    by quantize

    if you're not impressed by BR you just fucking hate movies, its that simple.

  • May 29, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Cult hits that won't go away....

    by quantize

    maybe because they're actually good and you have no fucking clue.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    My best to Mr. Prischman and his family

    by Pappachubby

    I can relate to this story whole heartedly. I am a professional artist myself/ movie geek and I also witnessed my aunt suffer with cancerous brain tumors for 15 years. I breaks my heart. I wish this man all the best. I was happy to make a donation and I wish I could see that Blade Runner event but, that's great that they've put something like that together for those who can make it. I hope it's a great success and can cover the medical bills. What a tough thing to go through. My heart goes out to him and his family.

  • May 29, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Listen to Mysterious Yobo...

    by Tal111

    move to Britain where all your medical AND DENTAL bills will be taken care of. That's why the Brits are known for great teeth. Anyway back to more important things...I hope everyone will give even just a couple of bucks. I'm sure every little bit would help.

  • May 30, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    And the greatest part about the UK

    by greentealite

    Is the crime! You know, how you hear about murders and assaults in london every other day? And even all over england, gang-related attacks. Especially with youths attacking anything that looks different. Yeah, wonderful culture, they are perfect!

  • May 30, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    I'm going

    by Droogie Alex

    although I went to the recent digital projected run here in L.A. It looked amazing. 10 times better that the Director's cut 15 years ago. It looked like it was shot yesterday. not one blemish anywhere. A 4K, high rez restoration

  • May 30, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    On behalf of the UK

    by vertigo93

    I'd like to apologise for the fact that Mysterious Yobo is at best kind of a dick, and at worst a fucktard with no sense of perspective, decorum, sympathy or human decency. The implication that because the US doesn't have universal healthcare (although that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, y'know?) that this chap shouldn't benefit from the largesse of people who care is an example of dickishness unrepresentitive of the rest of the country.

  • May 30, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST


    by sonnet

    is right of course, but don't let yobo's crap infect everyone with anti English bullshit.. we're all into the same stuff here right? Bladerunner and curing a nasty illness??

  • May 30, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Exactly sonnet

    by Boba Fat

    Some guy who's work we've probably all enjoyed in one way or another is seriously ill and anyone who feels like they want to help can. But the talkback had become a "my country is better than yours" playground argument.<P> The screening looks like a great event and for a good cause. You'd have to be one bitter human being to have a problem with that.

  • May 30, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I wish this film would just go away

    by BendersShinyAss

    I've never enjoyed a single viewing. and im going to watch it again, just to see if the final cut acually does anything for me <p> tell you what they need to re-cut ... INDIANNA JONES AND THE KINDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL... I mean it, pull it from the cinemas and reshoot in mexico with some real mexican scenery and re-edit the damn thing so it's speedy gonzalas. And market it for the mistake it was and put out a trailer that is all about aliens. <p> I'd go see this bladerunner screening if i could :(

  • May 30, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Being BLIND will def stop you liking BR

    by quantize

    really, whatever niggly shit people have wedged in their rectums..who cares..but you are blind as the proverbial if you watched this film ever and DIDNT GET IT. It's a freak of a film...the design is so outstanding it's been reverberating thru popular culture for decades..and easily one of Rutger Hauer's best roles ever.

  • May 30, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by BendersShinyAss

    When blade runner was released, it was poorly recieved. people complained it was slow, wasn't the action pact sci-fi adventure film it was advertised as and it came out along side 'trek 2' 'ET' and was starring harison ford, of 'star wars' and 'Raiders'.... <p> i can't say i have a problem with it's slow pace and complex story, because i actually enjoyed Dune - which is very similar to bladerunner in it's style. I just don't find bladerunner compelling in any way.

  • May 30, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Oh my god

    by Bass Bastardson

    I know Paul, but I haven't spoken to him in several years. He is a great guy. He used to work at the now defunct Dave's Video and Laser in Studio City many years ago and erased many a late-fee for me. He could not be a nicer guy. We bonded a bit because we are both storyboard artists. although he went on to produce DVDs while I am still flailing around in semi-obscurity. I will certainly go to this event if I can afford it. I am really in shock. I can't believe I learned about this on AICN. My prayers are with Paul and his family.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Also, fuck all you calous, heartless, ugly, mean fuckers

    by Bass Bastardson

    Seriously, to all of you assholes being negative and mean spirited on this talkback, (or even those of you just taking the time to slag off on Blade Runner some more) please reconsider the way that you are addressing things. I know you don't know him personally, but Paul is a real guy, a movie geek and an all around good guy who is just like you - except nicer - and there is every chance that his family and other people close to him will be taking a look at this thread. He may be a stranger who's 1000s of miles away to you, but to some people here, he is a real and valuable human life. How hard are your hearts that you could say mean things about a benefit to help a good man and his family who are facing a horrible, devistating hardship. If you don't want to help, if you think it is pointless, if you don't care, or if you think it is unfair that this man's friends are trying to do something to help him, then please, please have the decency to just back the fuck out to the front page, go comment on some other article and keep your thoughts on this matter to yourself.

  • May 30, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Digital Bits just announced the Blade Runner tour guide...

    by Karl Hungus

    ...and it's Ridley Scott himself, taking you on a personal tour of the WB lot. I can imagine a lot of struggling actors and desperate screenwriters bidding for one of those 10 tickets!

  • May 30, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    SOLD OUT!!

    by The Inspector

    The show is sold out!! We are maintaining a wait list in the event that additional tickets become available -- please email us at this address to be included on the list:

  • May 30, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    its too bad he wont live...

    by lilgorgor

    but then again who does? (sorry i hope that wasn't too tasteless. good luck paul.)

  • May 31, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by quantize

    If you dont find the climax of Blade Runner compelling with Hauer on the rooftop, then i dunno, you're missing an important brain an empathy module or something.

  • June 2, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Funny Old World

    by palimpsest

    Some poor guy is staring a probably-terminal illness in the face and his friends and colleagues get together to do a little something to help. And Mori posts it up because maybe some of us are interested and might like to go along; to show to support, to enjoy the movie, whatever. And that's about it. Frankly, if the guy was a hardcore POLICE ACADEMY 5 fan and they showed the movie and got Steve Guttenberg along to help, I'd applaud the gesture and wish everyone well. Life's too short to do otherwise, remember?

  • June 4, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    why "digital projection" ?????

    by livingwater

    why not a new print ?.... or restored colours?...... ... or something!!!!.. .... digital projection is yuk (for lack of a technical term)

  • June 6, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Um, it IS a restored print, genius.

    by Karl Hungus

    It's the same FINAL CUT that was shown theatrically last year and it looks STUNNING. Plus, it's being shown in 2K at the flagship theater on the Warner Bros. lot. Doesn't get any better than that!

  • June 7, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Auction for tours w/Ridley end tomorrow

    by The Inspector

    Our eBay auctions for the TEN PREMIUM PASSES to the BLADE RUNNER SCREENING on June 14th, sponsored by PAUL'S BRAIN TRUST end tomorrow!! These passes will include access to the screening, along with a special WALKING TOUR OF THE BLADE RUNNER LOCATIONS ON THE WARNER BACKLOT, hosted by RIDLEY SCOTT. Each Premium Pass winner will also receive A BLADE RUNNER GIFT BAG, including Warner's BLADE RUNNER: FIVE-DISC ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION on BLU-RAY DISC as well as an exclusive BLADE RUNNER UMBRELLA, featuring a light-up handle, just like the ones used in the film! Our top bidder will also win A ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECE OF BLADE RUNNER HISTORY (to be announced soon)! These auctions will run until Sunday, June 8th. <p>