My Reel Life

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1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

David Horgan

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My Reel Life is a poignant recollection of the life of David Horgan, a small town boy who rose to a coveted post as producer of Will Smith music videos. Horgan recalls his early days of little league baseball to his migration to film school and an early days with his partner Scott Kalvert.



Short Summary

David Horgan was raised in West Springfield, Ma. He rose from middle school sports loser to become a top producer of music videos for Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and New Kids on the Block. Later he started a program for inner-city kids and arranged student meetings with Tom Hanks and others.

David Horgan played a crucial role in the election of Congressman Richard Neal and used his compensation to build up his program for inner-city youth.


Boston, Nyc, LA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: David Horgan

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Decisive,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Educated,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Scott Kalvert

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Blunt,Outspoken,Leader

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Development Pitch

In the spirit of films like "FREEDOM WRITERS" "THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS" AND "RUDY" David Horgan's book "My Reel Life" chronicles a small town boy's story of courage and drive that led this middle class nobody to Hollywood. In this story, Horgan and his partner Scott Kalvert (Parents Just Don't Understand, Basketball Diaries) rise from being college friends to producing national music video and film work with Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and many other celebrities helping them launch their careers. The book also contains the secret behind the popular "Parents Just Don't Understand" that nobody knows. Horgan uses his background and connections to work with inner-city youth in the present day.

About The Author

DAVID HORGAN is an award-winning filmmaker, director, author and an accomplished musician. David has produced music videos for Will Smith (including the opening to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Mark Wahlberg, LL Cool J, New Kids on The Block and many others. He has directed several independent films featuring Emmy winner Peter Scolari, worked with Quincy Jones and authored When Your Parent Moves In-published by Simon and Schuster. Mr Horgan developed media program curriculum for Springfield and Holyoke schools to reach at-risk youth as well as the Emerging Filmmaker program with the Montclair Film Festival.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Inner-city youth

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Horgan Bros

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available