Anna Camp and Rob Mayes have teamed up for an emotional project. In theaters for only two nights (December 12 & 13), 5,000 Blankets is inspired by the real-life events that led to the formation of Phillip’s Wish.
The film follows a determined woman, Cyndi Bunch (Camp), who goes in search of her husband Bobby (Mayes) after he has had a nervous breakdown and disappeared. Along with their son Phillip (Carson Minniear), the two are alarmed to see how many people are homeless, a realization that sparks “a movement of compassion” to help as many people as possible.
The Sony AFFIRM Originals film is produced by Douglas Shaffer of Caspian Productions and written by Matthew Antonelli and Larry Postel. Amin Matalqa is directing.
“I read the script first and absolutely fell in love with it, especially after I found out it was a true story,” says Mayes. “I did as much research as I could before filming, but to be honest there wasn’t much available online about Cyndi’s husband, who I portray in the film. Larry, Matthew Antonelli and Doug helped guide me.”
The actor and musician notes that he found out more and more about the Bunch family during filming — most notably when he met Cyndi.
“One particular night I had climbed into bed in my hotel room quite early, only to get a call on the hotel room phone from the front desk telling me that the ‘real Cyndi’ was in the lobby asking for me,” he remembers. “So I put on some clothes and came downstairs to find this beautiful woman who was giving me a hug like never before, looking at me and saying something I’ll never forget: ‘He was taller.'”
The pair then spent the evening chatting, and he played her an early recording of “Dark Nights,” the song he’d written days earlier for the film. (In fact, the film features three Mayes songs.)
“We both had tears in our eyes realizing we were fast becoming friends,” he says. “I’ve always been drawn to stories of redemption and hope. Cyndi and Phillip are two incredibly strong people with the biggest hearts. It’s people like her and stories like this that change lives and inspire us to keep going, helping each other be decent and being members of our communities.”
He adds, “Hope is a beautiful contagion and I hope we can help spread hope like wildfire.”
5000 Blankets debuts in over 700 theaters across the country on December 12th and 13th. Tickets distributed by Fathom Events are available here. Watch the trailer below:
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/5000-blankets-anna-camp-rob-mayes-true-story-1235440200/ “5000 Blankets”: Anna Camp and Rob Mayes tell inspiring true stories