Director Statement



I’ve heard it said that when a writer/director starts a project he (or she) has to own it totally to bring it to fruition. But, what I’ve learned is that most projects really own you. They have a life and a breath of their own and as a director you need to respect that. In this case, I felt that I not only owed the project the respect to grow into what it was, but I also owed the subject a duty.

A Chance in The World isn’t just a story that came to me out of the blue, a piece of fiction meant to tug at the heart strings or inspire – it came out of a book, which came out of the very real life experience of a person who endured a terrible situation as a child – to become, in my opinion, an exceptional man: Steve Pemberton.

After months of writing and more months of rewriting, I was confronted with the unique experience of having the subject matter of the script read the script in front of me. It was nerve wrecking. We sat at the producer’s house as Steve and his wife, Tonya, read it. I remember trying to catch a glance at their reactions as they read. Interpreting every blink, cough or sigh as approval or disapproval of the script. When they were finished, I did the inevitable and asked what they thought about it. They told me “it’s good – it really stays true to what happened”, which, is all I really wanted to hear as a writer.

As a director, I hope the movie gets the same reaction from audiences. I hope it says education can chan

Thanks for taking the time to watch the film and read this.


Mark Vadik