Film Notes: Faith-based film festival set for Oct. 25-27 at Waterworks
October 18, 2013 4:00 AM
Eric Paul Chapman.
By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The annual Projecting Hope Film Festival will again offer free faith-based and family-friendly movies at the Waterworks Cinemas Oct. 25-27.
"People from all walks of life are searching for hope and encouragement," director Scott Anderson said in announcing the lineup.
"The films presented at the event all contain a common thread of redemption. The stories shared are ones that deal with issues universal to humanity and remind us that, despite all the difficulties of life, there is hope and beauty in this world."
Same-day tickets, available at the theater on a first-come, first-served basis, are free. Box office will open at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 25, 11:15 a.m. Oct. 26 and 12:15 p.m. Oct. 27.
A limited number of advance tickets can be ordered, but a $5 service fee per ticket applies to cover processing costs and discourage people from ordering more tickets than they need. For details, including run times, trailers and event sponsors, see www.ProjectingHopePGH.com.
Here is the announced lineup:
7 p.m.: "The Ultimate Life" -- In what is both prequel and sequel to "The Ultimate Gift," Logan Bartholomew plays a man running the billion-dollar foundation set up by his late grandfather and turning to his journals for guidance.
7:15 p.m.: "Unconditional" -- A woman whose husband is murdered loses her faith and will to live until an encounter with two children reunites her with a childhood friend. Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins star.
9:20 p.m.: "Home Run" -- After a DUI and a team suspension, a Major Leaguer is sent back to his small town and forced to coach a youth baseball team and spend time in the only recovery program in town.
9:30 p.m.: "King's Faith" -- A teenage boy struggles to keep his Christian faith once he regains his freedom and moves into his 18th foster home. But an act of heroism allows his old friends to find him, and they bring the prospect of violence and temptation. Crawford Wilson, Lynn Whitfield and James McDaniel star.
Noon: "Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas" -- A request to help a friend who lost her house in a fire inspires Larry the Cucumber, working as head elf during the Christmas season at a mall.
1:15 p.m.: "The Confession" -- An Amish woman's journey lands her in a mystery that must be solved before she can be reunited with her mother. Based on a Beverly Lewis novel and directed by Michael Landon Jr.
1:30 p.m.: "The Ultimate Gift" -- A wealthy businessman tries to teach his spoiled grandson an important lesson from beyond the grave. Abigail Breslin, James Garner star.
3:15 p.m.: "Season of a Lifetime" -- An Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer called this documentary "Friday Night Lights" intersecting with "The Lou Gehrig Story." It traces the 2010 season of a Georgia high school football team whose coach persevered despite a diagnosis of ALS.
4 p.m.: "The Ultimate Life."
5:15 p.m.: "Unconditional."
6:30 p.m.: "Home Run."
7:20 p.m.: "Camp" -- A slick investment adviser tries to impress a prospective client by volunteering at a camp for foster children but reassesses his priorities after developing a bond with a young boy from a broken home.
9 p.m.: "King's Faith."
9:30 p.m.: "Abel's Field" -- Left motherless by tragedy and fatherless by abandonment, a high school senior (Samuel Davis) struggles to support his younger sisters, work and attend school. Assigned to work alongside the reserved groundskeeper (Kevin Sorbo) on the football field, he discovers a sympathetic ear.
1 p.m.: "Veggie Tales: The Little House That Stood" -- Parable designed to show children that when they follow God's blueprints, they can stand strong when storms come.
2 p.m.: "The Ultimate Life"
2:30 p.m.: "Silver Bells" -- Bruce Boxleitner is a competitive sports anchor who causes a ruckus during his son's basketball game, is ordered to volunteer with the Salvation Army at Christmas, and finds his life and family transformed.
4:15 p.m.: "Unconditional"
4:30 p.m.: "Camp"
6:15 p.m.: "King's Faith"
6:45 p.m.: "Return to the Hiding Place" -- Directed by Peter Spencer and produced by his daughter Petra Pearce -- this film is set in Holland during World War II and follows Corrie ten Boom's army of untrained teens navigating deadly challenges to rescue Jewish people.
'Kultur Shock!' premiere
Forget maxing out credit cards as a way to raise money to make a movie. Eric Paul Chapman jumped at overtime opportunities at his day job as a broadcast captioner for the hearing impaired at VITAC's headquarters in Canonsburg.
Working offline -- meaning he's not handling live entertainment -- he provides captions for TV shows or movies ("Gravity" and "Prisoners" most recently) and has been working OT like crazy and socking away money to finance "Kultur Shock!" It premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd. in Oakmont.
Mr. Chapman wrote, produced and acts in the $30,000 sci-fi mystery/thriller inspired by "The Twilight Zone" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Todd Osleger, a VITAC colleague who studied at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, directed the 85-minute feature also starring Maureen O'Malley and Terry McNavage.
A woman and two men wake up injured in a locked windowless room with no memory of who they are or how they got there. They are initially known as Red, White and Blue, the colors of the armbands they wear, and they're expected to answer and obey a German voice being transmitted through an Uncle Sam doll (designed by the director's brother-in-law, Michael Williams).
The garage of the Brentwood home where the producer's sister lived doubled as the main location, and the expected 14 days there stretched to 28 out of the nine months to shoot and almost as much time to execute some special effects. Point Park University graduate Mark Christian served as cinematographer.
Mr. Chapman, 43, initially wrote a movie called "Fright Elevator" about eight people trapped in an elevator but scrapped it after M. Night Shyamalan released "Devil," about the title character picking off victims trapped in an elevator.
"I did like the idea of having a locked room mystery," he said this week and warmed to the challenge of keeping moviegoers' attention for 90 minutes and trying to surprise them with a twist along the way.
After casting himself in the movie, he got cold feet and scrambled to find a replacement but ended up as Blue as first planned. His character's manner of speech is a nod to the "punch-drunk quality" of Marlon Brando's voice as Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront."
The director is expected to speak briefly before the showing, and Mr. Chapman doesn't anticipate a formal Q-and-A but says, "I am anxious to talk to people after the screening and just ask them what they thought and take it from there."
The filmmakers hope to land other bookings, perhaps for late-night showings befitting the subject matter. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors or students with valid IDs.