David McKenna, Who Produced the Kat Dennings Film 'Renee,' Dies at 33

3:26 PM PST 12/20/2012 by Mike Barnes
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UPDATED: He’s killed when his car strikes a truck on an interstate near Orlando.

David McKenna, who produced the independent drama Renee, starring Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls, died Dec. 14 in an early morning automobile accident in Orlando. He was 33.

In the film, which opened the 2012 Florida Film Festival in Orlando in March, Dennings plays musical artist Renee Yohe and details her struggle to overcome self-injury and addiction with the help of her friends.

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Homeland’s Rupert Friend portrays McKenna in the film, directed by Nathan Frankowski, while Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) plays Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the nonprofit group To Write Love on Her Arms.

Distribution talks for the film are under way for an expected release next year.

In 2006, McKenna launched Bonded Entertainment, a music label based in Orlando that represents Yohe and other local artists.

A Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel that McKenna was killed when his sport-utility vehicle smashed into the rear of a box truck just before 3 a.m. His car was traveling faster than 100 mph in the center lane while the truck was doing 65, the FHP said.

Survivors include his parents Jim and Susan, his brother James and sister-in-law Amy, his “soulmate” Andrea, his nephew Jimmy and his father-in-law Russell.

A service was held Wednesday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lake Mary, Fla. The family asks that contributions in his name be made to the Great Spirits Benefit Fund.

Watch Friend talk about playing McKenna in Renee below:

 

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