Anna Camp and Rob Mayes team up for an emotional project. ‘5,000 Blankets’, which will only be shown in theaters for two nights (December 12 and 13), is inspired by the real-life events that led to the Phillip’s Wish foundation.
The film follows a determined woman, Cyndi Bunch (Camp), who searches for her husband, Bobby (Mayes) after he has a mental breakdown and goes missing. Along with her son, Phillip (Carson Minniear), the couple are alarmed to see how many people have been left unhoused, a realization that sparks “a movement of compassion” to help as many people as possible.
The Sony AFFIRM Originals movie is produced by Douglas Shaffer of Caspian Productions and written by Matthew Antonelli and Larry Postel. Amin Matalqa directs.
“I initially read the script and absolutely fell in love with it, especially after learning it was a true story,” says Mayes. “I did as much research as I could before filming, but honestly there wasn’t much available online about Cyndi’s husband who I portray in the film. Larry, Matthew Antonelli and Doug helped me.”
The actor and musician notes that he learned more and more about the Bunch family as he filmed, especially when he met Cyndi.
“On one particular night, I had climbed into bed in my hotel room pretty early, only to get a call on the front desk hotel room phone, letting me know that the ‘real Cyndi’ was asking for me in the lobby,” , he recalls. “So I put on some clothes and came downstairs to find this beautiful woman giving me the biggest hug ever, looking at me and saying something I’ll never forget: ‘He was taller.'”
The pair then spent the evening talking, and he played her an early take of “Dark Nights,” the song he’d written for the film days before. (In fact, the movie features three songs by Mayes.)
“We both had tears in our eyes when we realized we were becoming fast friends,” he says. “I have always been drawn to stories of redemption and hope. Cyndi and Phillip are two incredibly strong people with big hearts. It’s people like them and stories like these that change lives and inspire us to keep going, helping each other, being decent, contributing members of our communities.”
He adds: “Hope is a wonderful contagion and I hope we can help spread hope like wildfire.”
“5000 Blankets” debuts in more than 700 theaters nationwide on December 12 and 13. Tickets, distributed by Fathom Events, are available here. Watch the trailer below: