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Vegas Director Blasts Off with Heartfelt Sci-Fi Dramedy "Urn My Way to the Stars"

Fresh off the heels of the award-winning "Trillberry Murders," genre auteur Robert Jerome Pagan takes a heartwarming detour with his latest project, "Urn My Way to the Stars." This 55-minute dramedy promises a unique blend of sci-fi comedy and poignant family drama.

The story centers on Michael, a workaholic father grappling with the recent loss of his husband. Estranged from his teenage daughter, Emma, Michael seeks to bridge the gap by embarking on a spontaneous road trip along Nevada's Extraterrestrial Highway – a legendary UFO hotspot his late husband was obsessed with. In a unique twist, their travel companion is not just any memento, but the ashes of their loved one, housed in an unconventional (and potentially hilarious) urn – a kitschy alien cookie jar.

Think "Little Miss Sunshine" meets "E.T." with a dash of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (played entirely for laughs). The desert odyssey promises wacky encounters with eccentric characters, mishaps involving the unconventional "urn," and a tender exploration of grief and family bonding. As Emma and Michael navigate the vast desert with their quirky companion, they discover the healing power of shared memories, laughter, and the enduring power of love.

Pagan, a genre auteur known for the acclaimed "Last Gasp" series and the critically-lauded "An American Posada," brings his signature storytelling magic to "Urn My Way to the Stars." Rising star Annabelle Darling takes the lead role as Emma, stepping into the spotlight for this heartwarming journey.

"I am so very honored to be playing the role of Emma!" says Darling. "This will be my very first project as the lead, and I'm so excited that it's for Urn My Way to the Stars. This project is such a huge source of joy and excitement for me. I'm sure this will be a fantastic learning opportunity. I really love Robert's energy and mindset, and I can't wait to bring this to life!"

The film, currently in pre-production, is slated for a 2025 festival run. With stunning desert landscapes as its backdrop and a crowdfunding campaign on the horizon, "Urn My Way to the Stars" is poised to become a darling on the independent film circuit.

This offbeat dramedy with a dash of sci-fi quirk is a must-watch for fans of heartwarming stories and unconventional journeys. Keep your eyes peeled for "Urn My Way to the Stars" – it promises a laughter-filled voyage that will leave you reaching for the tissues (and maybe a telescope).

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