Milkweed (The Movie)


Milkweed (The Movie) – Jerry Spinelli’s breathtaking novel about a gypsy boy of many names will soon become a major motion picture. In the years leading up to WWII in Poland, “Stopthief,” takes up with a band of Jewish orphans and wants to be like them. But they know their fate and eye him with suspicion. When tiny, agile “Stopthief” begins to steal food to keep them alive, their feelings for him soften, and the welcoming arms of a Jewish family embrace him in warmth he has never experienced. As life inside the ghetto worsens, Stopthief becomes Misha, but the little boy refuses to shed his childlike optimism until a horrific denouement when all seems lost. zThis is an unforgettable story of love and our universal search for identity.

Who’s Who
Director: Sam Fischer
Screenplay: Chris Bartle
Creative and Executive Producer: Gail Rosenblum
Based On: Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

AUTHOR OF MILKWEED THE NOVEL Jerry Spinelli is a Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor winner. His “Stargirl” series is currently under option by Ivan Reitman’s company, Montecito; his sequel, “Love, Stargirl,” spent time on the New York Times bestseller list to rave reviews. When published in 2003, Milkweed won the prestigious Golden Kite Award.

SCREENWRITER OF MILKWEED Chris Bartle is an award-winning commercials director who has shot more than 200 spots for some of the world’s biggest advertisers, including: Unicef, Diet Coke, Johnson & Johnson, Audi, Proctor & Gamble, and McDonald’s (visit: His directing style is both naturalistic and cinematic, with an exceptional ability to draw out natural performances from even the youngest actors. Having acquired the movie option to Milkweed, he has spent the last two years researching, developing and writing the screenplay.




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