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City working with production company to develop TV series

Conway family from show to appear in Festival of Lights parade

Dec. 5, 2014 – from cityofpsl.com

To encourage film and television industry growth in Port St. Lucie, the city is assisting media production company Lifestone in the shooting of a television series called, “Til Death Do Us Part: Life with the Conways.”

It is a reality-based documentary that follows a large and colorful Treasure Coast family whose business is helping other families at the most difficult times of their lives — when they lose a loved one.

“Many of us have an instinctive interest in what goes on behind the scenes at a funeral home, and the show gives us that and much more,” said Jim Ragsdale of Lifestone. “This is a story of a family who happens to be on the front lines of innovation in the funeral business.”

The Conway family has been in the funeral business since the 19th century. As the fifth generation gets involved, their experiences with clients and family members have resulted in a blend of innovative services to help families recover from a loss. However, the show features plenty of drama generated by a big family filled with teens, twenty-somethings and their various relationships and milestones.

Residents will get a chance to see the Conway family in person at Saturday’s Annual Festival of Lights parade, where they will have a float depicting the theme of the show.

The production is bringing welcome economic activity in the form of jobs, and the city is assisting by recommending locations and events for shoots that may help highlight some of the Port St. Lucie’s unique qualities to a potentially national audience.

No financial assistance is involved. but the city’s Communications Department often assists film and video companies, who hire local actors, videographers and other professionals while in town shooting.

Lifestone has hired a veteran creative director with strong ties to the city. Joe Garofalo, whose credits over a 40-year career include projects as diverse as “Ghostbusters” and “Redemption,” is a city resident who produced, “That’s Livin': The Zora Neale Hurston Story” for the Saint Lucie Cultural Affairs Council. He also directed the historical docudrama about Port St. Lucie, “City Of Dreams.”

Shooting is complete for much of the first part of season 1, and a trailer of the program is posted on the Lifestone website. The show is expected to air in late 2015.

For more information about the production, contact:
Jim Ragsdale at Lifestone
(888) 247-4468