Placebo Effect is a high school rock band that has never played so much as a note outside of the garage where they rehearse. When their prima donna frontman quits, the group sets their naive sights on a replacement they hope will take them to stardom. Turning to the Internet, the band finds a lead singer with talent, swagger, and a lifetime of rock ’n roll baggage in an aging star hoping for one last chance to set right all the things he let slip during his rise to the top decades earlier.
A coming of age story for all ages, The Estranged Rose calls love and music to centerstage in a way that will leave audiences begging for the house lights to stay down and the show to rock on.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Fred Smith is an author, filmmaker and product of the Florida Public Education System. His first book Invisible Innocence: my story as a homeless youth is a nonfictional account of Maria Fabian, a former homeless youth who spent two months of her senior year living alone in an abandoned apartment with no electricity or running water. His films The Kids in the Shadows and The Invisible Youth of America have been instrumental in combatting the issue of homeless youth in his hometown of Tampa, Florida and beyond. Learn more about Fred and his stories at www.theonlyfredsmith.com.