Lisa De Pasquale

When I first talk to someone in the entertainment world I have one thought – “How can this person introduce me to my favorite actor, Bruce Campbell?”

It’s a great testament to Zack Arnold, the editor for the series Burn Notice (starring Bruce Campbell), that my first thought about him was “How can I help his movie, GO FAR?”

Arnold has edited feature films, TV shows, documentaries and theatrical trailers. He’s worked on theatrical marketing campaigns for The Passion of the Christ, Monster, The Machinist, among many others. In addition to the last four seasons of Burn Notice, he’s edited episodes of Glee and HBO First Look.

Arnold’s latest project is his directorial debut, GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story. The documentary tells the story of Christopher Rush, a paraplegic with muscular dystrophy. When he was born the doctor told his parents, “Your son will be nothing more than a dishrag, and he will be dead by the age of two.”

He went on to live a full, amazing and inspirational life until he passed away at 30. He was a national spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was the first quadriplegic licensed scuba diver, and developed a motivational program called GO FAR. GO FAR is an acronym for his 5 step program using his life as an example for overcoming adversity.

His brother, John Nolte, editor of Breitbart’s Big Government, told me, “Yes, he is my brother and I love him, but his resume and talent as an editor speaks for itself. And with GO FAR he has proven himself to be much more: a remarkable producer, director, and storyteller.”

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What's your favorite movie line and who would you like to say it to?

"Do or do not. There is no try." I would love to say this to Christopher Rush and tell him that because of him I truly understand what it means. But since he's no longer alive, I can't.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

My favorite teacher was Mr. Whelan, my English/French teacher in high school. He helped me understand that although I was very different than my classmates, that those differences were a gift and that I should be proud of who I am.

3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?

My dream would be to travel around the world screening GO FAR for people with disabilities and watch how it impacts them.


Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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