John Fuhrman and Gerrarda O’Beirne are a married couple who are not typical of the independent filmmakers one sees these days. John has been a practicing lawyer for over twenty years in the South Puget Sound region and Gerrarda has spent the past twenty years as a periodontist practicing in downtown Seattle. They live in downtown Seattle with their four-year-old son, Rory.
John Fuhrman is a former Washington Army National Guard officer who commanded the 122nd MPAD in Baghdad, Iraq from February 2003 through March 2005. Gerrarda graduated from the Universality of Washington School of Dentistry’s graduate program in Periodontics. Both have shared a lifelong love of independent film. As a hobby, John collected 16mm and 35mm motion picture cameras for year and owns the Mitchell BNCR camera that was used to film the popular 1980s television series Cheers.
After years of watching independent films, the two decided to plunge in with both feet and make their own indie film. The result is their recently completed film, A Bit of Bad Luck, which stars Cary Elwes and Teri Polo. The film, a dark comedy, was shot over a period of a month on location in Seattle as well as rural Lewis and Pierce Counties. After completing principle photography, the film was edited and then sent to The Sky Walker Ranch for audio followed by a trip to Hollywood D.I. in for color correction. A Bit of Bad Luck is gearing up for its festival run to take place over much of 2014. The first time filmmakers are excited to show their film to the world.
John Fuhrman wrote the film with help from his wife, over the course of a year. The two have busy schedules with their own careers and the demands of parenting required them to find time whenever they could to write the script and find experienced professionals to help in the planning and preproduction of the project. Their hard work paid off after screen veterans Cary Elwes and Teri Polo, after reading the script, enthusiastically signed on to star in the film. Principal photography on the project began in mid-September of 2012 and concluded on October 12, 2012. Post-Production on the film was completed in July of 2013.