Belltower Pictures has announced actor and Virginia native, Paul Wilson will play “Brother Bob” in its first independent film, Shooting The Prodigal, about a young filmmaker from New York as he tries to help an over-zealous Baptist preacher in Alabama make a movie about the Prodigal Son. Sterling Hurst plays the young New Yorker.
Wilson and Hurst join a cast that includes Liberty University student, Christie Osterhus, Micah Brown, Pepi Streiff, Joseph Gray (Killing Kennedy), as well as cameos by Tim and Daphne Reid. Wilson is best known for his role as Lyle Makin in Adriana Trigiani’s screen adaptation of Big Stone Gap, which stars Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Hurst plays Mac Daddy in the 2015 film Shifting Gears, which also features C. Thomas Howell, Brooke Langton, John Ratzenberger, and M. Emmet Walsh.
Shooting The Prodigal was written and is being directed by David E. Powers, produced by Heather Waters, who is founder of the Richmond International Film Festival, and Ken Roy, vice president of the Legacy Media Institute. Anne Chapman is the casting director and Richard Blankenship is the film’s production designer.
“Cynicism, polarization, and judgment pollute society. As Christians I think we are called to meet all with grace and acceptance. Yet even the church has gained a reputation for judgment and hypocrisy. This little film portrays a small church in Homer, Alabama in its struggle to love and accept one another. The quirky characters make us laugh… partly because we see ourselves reflected in their attitudes and situations,” David Powers says.
“Our hope is that the film will serve as a change agent not just for its genre, but for the message it conveys,” said Waters. “It’s a faith-themed film yet also a comedy with lovable, outrageous characters. The story is really about celebrating people’s differences.”
Principal photography begins June 23, 2015 in Ashland, Petersburg, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, and Richmond, Virginia.