About The Film

Augie lived life in the fast lane. He was in impeccable shape. He was tough, bullheaded, and devilishly handsome. Augie Nieto was known as the Steve Jobs of the fitness industry – the first person to popularize the LifeCycle in gyms across the country. At the age of 47, Augie and his wife Lynne – his high school sweetheart – seemed to have it all. But then their lives were turned upside down. Augie was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2005.

AUGIE is the story of a powerful man challenged by a devastating disease, which for the first time in his life, took every bit of control from him. ALS patients experience paralysis of all their voluntary muscles, and the disease usually proves fatal in 2-3 years. And yet, ALS is what saved Augie’s life. This is the inspirational journey of a man who learned how to transform himself to find true peace and happiness. Before ALS, Augie was arrogant and single-minded in his pursuit of financial gain. He was incredibly successful, but his personal life suffered. His marriage was on the rocks. When he was diagnosed, his life fell apart completely. But then Augie and Lynne picked up the pieces and formed a stronger bond than they’ve ever had.

Augie has learned to channel his will to live and his drive for success into doing everything he can to find a cure for ALS. All his friends and business colleagues rallied around him, and to date he and Lynne have helped raise over $110 million that directly funds scientific research for ALS.

Augie and Lynne have found the joy and laughter in life again. Their bravery encourages ALS patients and their families to never give up, and to dive deep into the riches that life can bring.“You’ve got to laugh every day,” says Augie, as he continues to fight for a cure.


About The Filmmakers

James Keach

Director, Producer

Eric Carlson


Michele Farinola

Executive Producer

Born in New York, James has been a part of the film industry as an actor, director, writer, and producer. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, he received classical training as an actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival and was a founding member of the Body Politic Theater in Chicago.

James has appeared in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed numerous television and feature films. His most recent success was the award-winning documentary ”GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME,” which showed the legendary singer’s unprecedented “Goodbye Tour” after he was diagnose with Alzheimer’s disease. “GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME” was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Grammy Awards.

Prior to that, Keach produced “WALK THE LINE,” for which the Producerʼs Guild of America nominated him Motion Picture Producer of the Year. “WALK THE LINE ” was also nominated for several Academy and Golden Globe awards, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and garnering Reese Witherspoon her Academy Award for Best Actress. In association with Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, James directed the feature film “THE STARS FELL ON HENRIETTA;” starring Robert Duvall. He received the Cable Ace Award for the cable feature “THE FORGOTTEN,” which he co-wrote and directed. He also received the Western Heritage Award for Best Director for the series “THE YOUNG RIDERS.”

James is currently wrapping up post production on another feature documentary, “TURNING POINT”, as well as producing “THE HORN MAKER”.

PCH Films currently has in development several feature films with James Keach acting as Producer, including “AS TOUGH AS THEY COME”, “SIERRA MADRE”, an “UNTITLED GLEN CAMPBELL” biopic, and “OUT OF STOCK” for Netflix.

Eric Carlson is the CEO and a co-founder of CK&D, based in Los Angeles, California. CK&D is a leading cause marketing and media group focused on brand, strategy, marketing solutions and content creation for some of the largest profit and nonprofit organizations in the world.

Carlson was also an Executive Producer of the NBC/Universal drama series HEARTBEAT, which premiered in the winter of 2016. Prior to this, he spent many years as a packager and division head at CAA.

Michele Farinola has been working in documentary features and television for over twenty years. She is currently the executive producer at PCH Films, overseeing production and operations. Prior to that, she served as Co-Head of Documentary Features at Spitfire Pictures, a unit of Exclusive Media, where she was an executive producer of the 2012 Academy Award winning documentary, UNDEFEATED released by The Weinstein Company and the 2012 Grammy Award winning documentary, FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH. In addition, Michele was the executive in charge of production of HBO’s 2012 Emmy winning documentary, GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, directed by Martin Scorsese; and THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA, released by Lionsgate and Showtime.

Michele started her entertainment career at Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, working for a studio chairman, eventually segueing into producing and directing dozens of high-profile, awarding winning cable documentary series and specials for AMC, A&E, USA Network, SciFi Channel, Starz and Animal Planet under the Fox Television Studios banner.

Alex Exline


Ian Coad


Elisa Bonora


Alex Exline graduated with a BFA in Film Production, with an emphasis in cinematography and directing, from Chapman University in 2010. Shortly after graduation he began working at PCH Films, Where he has been for more than 7 years, helping oversee the growth and development of the company and its projects.

While at PCH Films, he worked on GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME as Cinematographer, and also served as an editor. In addition to AUGIE, for which he served as Cinematographer, Post Supervisor and Online Editor, Alex’ credits include THE TURNING POINT as Cinematographer and Colorist, and many other projects that have taken him around the world.

Ian Coad was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After receiving an MFA in Cinematography at Chapman University, he spent several years in London honing his skills on narrative features, shorts, music videos and commercials. In 2013 he returned to Los Angeles and continues to work freelance as a feature films, documentary and commercial Director of Photography. When he is not shooting, you can find Ian away from his cell phone, on a surfboard or in the mountains.

Elisa Bonora was nominated for a Cable ACE award for James Keach’s award-winning “GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME” and an Emmy Award for “NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY, LASZLO AND VILMOS” for which she served as co-producer/editor. She also co-produced and edited Celia Peck’s Emmy-nominated “BRAVE MISS WORLD”. Elisa won the “Best of 1991” Advertising Age Award, the “Advertising Women Achievement” award for Consumer Television in 1996 and 1998, and a Golden and Bronze Lion at the 1997 Cannes advertising festival.

Born in Milan, Italy she moved to LA working in advertising exclusively for the DGA multiple winner commercial directors, Joe Pytka. She later opened an editing company, Us2 editorial, collaborating with directors such as Tony Kaye, Marcus Nispel, David Cornell and Anthony Hoffman.

Her first breakthrough in long format came when Oliver Stone asked her to edit “COMANDANTE” and “SOUTH OF THE BORDER”. In addition to “AUGIE”, Elisa’s work includes the docs “BLACK FISH”, “ASHES AND SNOW”, “REQUIEM FOR A RUNNING BACK”, “RISING FROM ASHES”, “THE IVORY GAME”, and “THE TURNING POINT”. Current work includes “THE HORN MAKER” by Juliette Marquis, and “GHOST FLEET” by Shannon Service and Jeff Waldron; all scheduled for release in 2018.

Parker Laramie


Julian Raymond


Bennett Salvay


Parker Laramie is an independent documentary editor. Parker has co­edited documentaries including “THE TURNING POINT”, “STEAM POWER”, and “REQUIEM FOR A RUNNING BACK”. He was an additional editor on “BENDING THE ARC”. In addition to working with Elisa Bonora, James Keach, and Michele Farinola on “AUGIE”, he has worked with Pedro Kos, Kief Davidson, and Rebecca Carpenter. Other feature film projects include “UNFRIENDED”.

He is currently editing “GHOST FLEET” with Shannon Service and Jeff Waldron.

Julian Raymond is a multi-Grammy Award winning and Academy Award nominated record producer and songwriter. He arrived in Nashville from Los Angeles in 2014 to work with Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Label Group. His work as the executive producer and composer for the documentary, GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, resulted in an Academy Award nomination in 2015 for his song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” He won the Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Country Song for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” and was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Julian served as the musical director in a performance with The Band Perry and Blake Shelton for the tribute to

Glen Campbell on his Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Furthermore, he received an Academy of Country Music Award nomination for Video of the Year in 2015 for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Among his many accomplishments, Julian served as the musical director for the CMA Awards Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church segment in 2015 in addition to the Cheap Trick and Billy Rae Cyrus segment for the CMT Awards in 2016. At the CMA Festival show at Nissan Stadium in 2016, Julian served as the musical director for the Hank Williams Jr. segment, which featured Justin Moore, Eric Church and Chris Janson. For Seasons 14 and 15 of American Idol, Julian produced the songs for the weekly iTunes releases. Since arriving in


Nashville, Julian has produced projects for many notable artists including Jennifer Nettles, Cheap Trick, Justin Moore, Glen Campbell, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., and Trent Harmon.

Throughout his eclectic career – which has encompassed acclaimed orchestral scores for the hit Jeepers Creepers horror- film franchise; the uniquely lyrical theme and underscore for beloved TV series Friday Night Lights; and arrangements for artists as far-flung as Glen Campbell, Rob Zombie, Cheap Trick, Brian Setzer, among countless other projects – Salvay has always gone the extra mile to locate the emotional crux.

Finding that touch point may necessitate creating strategic mayhem with 60 string players, building a mosaic of guitar tones, or conducting a lounge version

of a Soundgarden song – but that’s the sort of challenge he craves.

After landing a production assistant job at Paramount Studios with Garry Marshall straight out of UCLA, Salvay began writing spec themes for pilots at the studio, and this eventually led to a longtime collaboration with Marshall Colleagues Tom Miller and Bob Boyett. Bennett and songwriting partner Jesse Frederick ended up writing themes and underscore for a string of hit comedy series including Perfect Strangers, Full House, Family Matters and Step By Step, creating music for over a dozen series and pilots under the Miller – Boyett banner.

Looking for new creative challenges, beginning in the mid-1990’s Salvay began to divide his time equally between scoring one hour television dramas, indie film, and working with recording artists. Television series included Early Edition, Providence, Boomtown, and the J.J. Abrams series What About Brian. He was hired by such diverse recording artists as Everclear, Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Brian Setzer, and Fastball, among others, to create orchestral or specialty arrangements. In 2001 Salvay won an honorable mention at the Movie Music U.K. Awards in the “Best Science Fiction, Horror, or Fantasy Score” category for the inventive orchestral score for JEEPERS CREEPERS.

Since completing work on Friday Night Lights in 2011, recent projects have included creating 25 orchestral arrangements and serving as conductor for Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” show, which included appearances at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles and a number of other performances nationwide. Salvay was also actively involved in the documentary entitled “GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME. This included an appearance as an arranger and performer at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Recent projects include the featured song “Imagine a World Gone Insane” on Mr. Robot, and co-producing iTunes releases for season 14 and 15 of American Idol.

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 March 16-22, 2018

Los Angeles

Laemmle Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd.

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