Director Ash Avildsen, the son of Academy Award winning director John Avildsen (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID) shares his incredible and inspiring story about how he recently met his father and reunited with him shortly before John‘s passing this year.
Ash is now carrying the torch passed to him by his famous dad by directing the new film AMERICAN SATAN (in theaters now and VOD this February) starring HBO‘s “Game of Thrones” star John Bradley, Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), BooBoo Stewart (Twilight), Olivia Culpo (The Other Woman), Mark Boone Jr (Sons of Anarchy) and more.
Until just last year, Ash had only seen his famous father twice in the past 20 years.
The first was when he was 12 years-old outside of the family court in New York where Ash was there with his mother meeting John over a dispute about child support.
The next time wasn’t until 2014 when John was doing a Q&A for his films.
A nervous Ash stood up during the Q&A and asked a question from the audience about THE POWER OF ONE, (which is his favorite movie by his dad).
Ash said, “Your movies have inspired me and played a big part in my success. A lot of them are about underdogs and the triumph you can have.“
So he asked him as a fan about THE POWER OF ONE and if there was a reason he thought it didn’t get the credit it deserves.
John had no idea he was speaking to his son.
Fast forward to 2015, where Ash met his father for the first time and they became very close, Ash even held his hand in the hospital when he passed away this year.
This is the story that I would love to share with you, and how it has all inspired Ash to become a director, in addition to starting his hugely successful record label Sumerian Records.
Please see the AMERICAN SATAN trailer here:
Helmed by director & writer Ash Avildsen AMERICAN SATAN tells the story of a young rock band, half from England half from the US, who move to the Sunset Strip to chase their music dreams.
Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive when an enigmatic stranger (Malcolm McDowell) preys on the emotional turmoil of lead singer Johnny Faust (Andy Biersack) who has just learned of his mother’s (Denise Richards) grave illness.
Manipulating this time of weakness for the band, he offers them a deal that will set them on a path of fame, fortune, and ultimately dark destruction.
Caught in the middle of a pact with the devil himself, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen.