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It’s a film… and a confession


Shooting the Prodigal posterAfter six years in development and production, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL is complete. I hope it is the first of many from Belltower Pictures, the non-profit film company we launched in 2012 with the mission to “entertain, inspire and tell great stories that reveal spiritual truth.”

Right now we’re sharply focused on distribution and marketing plans for the film. There will be announcements about premiere & release dates, strategic partners and other news in the coming weeks.

I will use this blog to share some of the stories from the journey. And I also want to engage you in conversation around the themes in the film, the most prominent of which are acceptance and inclusion.

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The Green Light

iStock_000031130670Large-720x380After five years in development, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL got the Green Light in December.

Lord willing, principal photography will begin in June. We’ve begun casting, scouting locations, hiring crew, advertising for interns and volunteers, and fine-tuning the script.

Barbara Mait has come aboard as Executive Director of Belltower Pictures. She’ll keep the production company going while I turn my attention to directing the film. Ken Roy and Heather Waters have joined me as producers for the project.

So you probably won’t see many posts on my blog for the next several months. When we finish, I look forward to sharing the many stories that are sure to unfold. Until then… please pray for us.


Richmond-area clergy hear plans for film

We had a great gathering this morning for Richmond area clergy and ministry leaders to tell them about our upcoming film, SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL. Here’s a link to a story about it on the Belltower Pictures website (which just got a great facelift, thanks to designer extraordinaire Anthony Nesossis!).

We premiered a brand new video during the event, “A Promo for a Movie about a Church Making a Movie about the Prodigal Son.” Anthony created all the graphics and animations, Jim Ed Wills edited the video with footage shot by Paul Bickford, Matt Lockhart and myself. Kevin Beale and Alex Powers composed and performed the music. The voiceover artist is my old friend John Drew. Check it out…