A feature length film adapted from the book “Dear Jack: A Love Letter” attempts to bring Jack’s story to life as told through the perspective of his mother, Barbara Bates Conroy. It is a story about addiction, the storm of the disease and the inescapable destructiveness of its path.

by Twisted Valley Films

Annette Haywood-Carter To Direct Dear Jack

Annette HaywoodLongtime multi-hyphenate actor/writer/producers Cece King, Elyse Russell and Devon Ogden have attached Annette Haywood-Carter to direct DEAR JACK, based on the memoir Dear Jack: A Love Letter, by Barbara Bates Conroy and Jackson Scott Conroy. Haywood-Carter will direct from a script penned by King.

Actor, producer and writer Cece King is best known for THE BROKEN ONES (which she also wrote), Jessica Jones and Masters of Sex. Russell made her directorial debut with THE BROKEN ONES and is a prolific director/producer of shorts including HER and iLOVE. Devon Ogden’s credits include “Nashville” and “This is Us”.

Jeff Solema of Go East Media is producing alongside Twisted Valley Films. For its part, Twisted Valley Films is devoted to producing films of social relevance driven by complex female protagonists with a 50% female hiring quota per film.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to direct DEAR JACK. This film is both a powerful personal story and a sweeping indictment of the opioid crisis. As these tragedies are being played out across the country and in theaters, Barbara’s story offers hope. It speaks most eloquently to the mothers and families who are caught up in this nightmare, to their survival, which is no less at stake than the addict’s.”

~ Annette Haywood-Carter

DEAR JACK is set to go before the cameras in Massachusetts in Fall 2019.