"A Mile in His Shoes" is the story of Mickey Tussler, a young man with Asperger's Syndrome--a type of autism--who is recruited by a passionate coach to pitch for his minor league team. The story centers on Arthur Murphy, who coaches a semi-pro baseball team out of a small country town in Ohio. The team he is coaching is starting another losing season, and Murphy is getting pressure from the owner for the team to improve or suffer the consequences. So Murphy is sent on a scouting trip to bring talent to the team. By chance, on his way to scout, his car breaks down and Murphy meets a young autistic country boy named Mickey Tussler. Murphy sees Mickey throwing some apples, and spies Mickey's arm as talent. So, Murphy persuades Mickey's overly protective father to let Mickey come to Clayton Ohio and have a tryout. Once in Clayton, Mickey proves his talent, and becomes well liked. However, Lefty, another pitcher on the team dislikes him; jealousy. In the end there is a final showdown between the two rivals and beforehand Murphy persuades Clarence to let his son play again.
Dean Cain garnered international attention portraying Superman on television's Louis and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and has since parlayed his craft into an accomplished film and producing career. Dean recently wrapped production on the action drama Five Days of War directed by Renny Harlin. He also completed production on the independent comedy, Five Dollars a Day alongside Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone and Amanda Peet. Dean recently was seen in the drama The Way Home where he received a Grace Award Nomination. This film is based on a true story about a small town community that bands together to find a missing child. In addition, Dean was seen in the Western The Gambler, The Girl, and The Gunslinger. Also, Dean was recently seen starring in Final Approach. Dean was also seen in the controversial September Dawn, a love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade group, written and directed by Dean's father Christopher Cain and co-starring John Voight.
His other recent film credits include Out of Time, opposite Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes, the independent film Lost, and Bailey's Millions, opposite Tim Curry. On the small screen, Dean was recently seen in guest starring roles on CSI: Miami and Smallville. He also recently starred in Making Mr. Right and A Story of Forgiveness. He also was seen in the high-profile biopic based on Scott Peterson's trial, The Perfect Husband, Clubhouse opposite Christopher Lloyd, Hope and Faith, and Law and Order: SVU. In addition, Dean had a recurring role on Las Vegas, starred in the movie 10.5: Apocalypse as well as the movies A Christmas Wedding. He has also starred on the big screen in films such as Rat Race opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Seth Green, and John Cleese and The Broken Hearts Club, a romantic comedy that premiered with rave reviews at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
Dean grew up in Malibu and made his feature film debut in 1984 in the critically acclaimed The Stone Boy, which also starred Robert Duvall and Glenn Close. An athlete at heart, he attended Princeton University where he was an All-American football player and set three NCAA records for interceptions, two of which still stand today. After graduating as Princeton's top athlete, he signed with the Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury quickly ended his professional career before it began. He turned back to acting and starred in the cop comedy Best Men with Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson, Flight of Fancy, Dog Boys, Rag and Bone, Christmas Rush, Futuresport co-starring Wesley Snipes and Vanessa Williams, as well as The Runaway, with Maya Angelou. Dean also spent a season playing Rick on the popular series Beverly Hills 90210.
Dean has added the title of producer to his resume. His production credits include several smaller films, and the hit syndicated series, Ripley's Believe It or Not, which he also hosted. The show premiered as the highest rated original series on cable. He has developed a number of series' with Sony Pictures, including the reality-based On Parole, and an instructional dance DVD starring choreographers Cris Judd and Eddie Garcia.
Before appearing in A Mile In His Shoes, Luke co-stared in Wild Hearts alongside his father Rick Schroder.
With the look of a Hollywood leading man and the build of a professional athlete, people who see him for the first time often ask "who is he?" If you were to pose that question to George Canyon himself, he'd immediately tell you that he's a dedicated husband and a proud father of two. Family being his first priority, Canyon, a man of Faith, abandoned his musical aspirations years ago to work as a bylaw officer in order to support his family. His wife, Jennifer, urged him to keep writing songs and performing however George felt that it was no longer practical, and put music on the back burner. In 2004, Jennifer persuaded him to audition for U.S.A Network's Nashville Star- an internationally televised performance competition similar to the American Idol format. Canyon showed up, wowed the worldwide audiences and nearly won the entire contest. The rest is history punctuated by industry accolades, achievements and sustained success.
His integrity and dedication to his family lives as a theme through the songs he writes and the stories he tells with his music and the way he lives his life. It is also the same force that drives him to inspire youth through his role as a national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). On February 21, 2008 he was recognized for all his philanthropic work in support of the Canadian troops and was appointed Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Air Force at 14 Wing Greenwood in Nova Scotia. His 2010 hit single "I Believe in Angels" has been adopted as a theme song by the JDRF in the United States and Canyon appeared on Good Morning America to encourage youngsters with his story.
As Canyon's charitable work continues, his achievements grow with it. In the past two years, he has been recognized as the most played Canadian artist at Canadian country radio. He's also one of the most recognizable and requested stars on CMT (Country Music Television). His videos garner hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and he has won multiple Juno, East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards including "Humanitarian of the Year Award" for his philanthropic endeavors.
Also an actor Canyon has appeared on some highly rated Canadian television series' such as Heartland and Trailer Park Boys and has starred in many television programs and specials. When George Canyon is performing live onstage, he is most at home. He has the entire audience in the palm of his hand and you just can't help but want to be a part of his unique family. He is respected and well-loved and one of the most successful entertainers in the country today.
William Dear (Director)
William Dear attended Central Michigan University, where he majored in art with a minor in theater. He began making films when he was 12 years old. Armed with a borrowed 8mm camera, he and his friend, Robert Dyke, made "home movies" throughout their teens. He co-directed a short film entitled Mr. Grey, co-written with co-director, Robert Dyke. It won a Special Jury Award Gold Medal at the first Atlantic Film Festival. Dear continued to work in film in Detroit in various capacities on shooting crews in the area. He wrote, directed and photographed commercials, documentaries, and industrials, as well as independent projects. William later directed Rio, which became a short film tribute to the musical comedies of the thirties. It was the Grand Prize winner at the Houston International Film Festival. This film was a forerunner of the rock videos. He moved to Carmel, California in 1978. Next, he directed Cruisin, a short film satirizing street life in Hollywood. After the move west, Dear also directed and co-wrote comedy short films for ABC's Friday's and NBC's Saturday Night Live. In 1981, He directed and co-wrote Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts, an acclaimed rock video which received a number of prestigious awards including a Grammy Award, the first ever, for Video of the Year. Best Director and Best Made for Home Video Award, by Video Review Magazine and the Silver Venue Award at the Houston International Film Festival. Timerider, the Adventure of Lyle Swann, was his first feature film. It starred Fred Ward, Peter Coyote and Belinda Bauer. The film won Grand Prize at the 1984 Santa Fe Film Festival. Throughout this period, He directed and shot commercials for which he received two Director's Guild of America nominations, in 1983 and 1985.
Shortly after Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories television anthology premiered, cinematographer Allen Daviau recommended Dear to direct Spielberg's story Mummy Daddy. Dear directed the successful comedy episode which later became part of the "Amazing Stories" movie, a trilogy of episodes directed by Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis and William Dear. Dear was then asked by Spielberg if he had a project of his own. Dear showed him Harry and the Hendersons a few days later, and the project was under way. Harry went on to win an Oscar for Rick Baker's creation of Harry the friendly Bigfoot.
Dear then directed Angels in the Outfield, with Danny Glover, Joseph Gordon Levit and Christopher Lloyd for Walt Disney Pictures and is considered American classic. He then directed Wild America, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas. William directed Santa Who? starring Leslie Nielson for The Wonderful World of Disney and ABC. He received his third Directors Guild of America nomination for his direction of Santa Who? Dear directed School of Life staring Hollywood heavyweight Ryan Reynolds. Dear also directed The Foursome, a comedy starring Kevin Dillon. He then directed The Sandlot: Heading Home for Twentieth Century Fox.
Dear directed an all-star cast in The Perfect Game. A motion picture based on the true story of a 1957 Little League Baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico who swept their way to Little league World Series history, establishing records still not broken and meeting three American presidents. He directed Free Style, starring Corbin Bleu (High School Musical 1,2,3). When not writing or painting at his Santa Barbara ranch, Dear shares his time between Los Angeles and Canada and where ever the "locations" take him, pursuing his love of filmmaking.⇑ Back To Top