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April 4, 2013

Movie recalls local mom's nightmarish prison stay

City native makes film about her mother's plight


When the movie was shown last November, Chase-Wright’s mother was with her.

”When it aired on the Lifetime channel, we watched it together and it was very emotional for her,” Chase-Wright said. “There are moments in the movie where we couldn’t help but turn away or cry together.”

She said her mother wants to write a book about the experience, only from a different perspective — one that didn’t make it into the movie.

”I think she’d like to write more of a Christian-based book as she’d kept a Bible with her in prison,” Chase-Wright said. “Every day she’d close her eyes, open a page and point down and wherever her finger landed would be her message of the day and it helped get her through the day. It made her feel that she wasn’t alone.

”At one point, she had an epiphany after being tossed into a dungeon for five days without food or water, thus the title of the movie,” Chase-Wright said. “She prays to God and asks him to take her. But when she comes out, she’s a different woman. I don’t know how she hung on.”

Producing “Left to Die” was a learning experience for Chase-Wright. She said she has other movie projects being developed with her business partner Lizzie Friedman.

”We recently optioned a book and are about to pitch it to the networks as a TV series,” Chase-Wright said, adding she is also working on a non-scripted competition reality show for television.

”We are always reading and researching new material,” she said, “something that we are passionate about and something we feel we have a good chance to sell. Other than that ... I’m a mom to a beautiful little boy and a wife to an amazing man.’’

You can go to YouTube for a sample scene of the ending to “Left to Die” by searching for “Left to Die Sandra Chase.”

The movie, which stars Barbara Hershey and Rachael Leigh Cook, is available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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