Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown has begun production on his first feature film, Ring the Bell, and the official press announcement is below.
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Here's the press release:
Nashville, Tenn. (March 6, 2012) -- Ring The Bell, the first feature film from Beach Street Records founder and Casting Crowns’ producer Mark A. Miller, begins production on Monday, March 5 in Deland, FL. Miller is the lead singer and founder of the country music group Sawyer Brown, and is taking a break from the band’s 30th anniversary tour to produce the film.
When slick high-powered agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. As he works to secure Shawn Hart, the top high school baseball prospect in the country, he encounters a cast of characters who value happiness and common sense over dollars and cents. Filled with music, laughter and faith, Ring the Bell is a transforming story of how one fast-paced executive learns the true meaning of success.
The film features a host of well known Christian music artists: Mark Hall and Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman and Matthew West all play a role in this inspirational drama There are also several former Major League Baseball stars who will be featured in the film, including ESPN analyst John Kruk and Cy Young Award winning pitcher Rick Sutcliffe.
The script was written by Mark A. Miller and Thomas Weber, and Weber will direct the production. Ring the Bell is the first release from Whitney Beach Pictures.
Principal photography began March 5 in Deland, FL. and is scheduled to wrap March 30.
Provident Films (October Baby, Courageous, Fireproof) is a partner in the marketing and distribution of the movie. Specific plans and timing will be announced at a future date.
Whitney Beach Pictures is a partnership between Steve Williams and Mark A. Miller’s Beach Street Music, the label behind platinum-selling Christian recording artist Casting Crowns. Ring the Bell is the first in a slate of faith-based films to be produced by the independent studio.
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. Its most recent releases have been October Baby, starring John Schneider and Jasmine Guy (in theaters March 23) and Courageous from Sherwood Pictures which opened as the No. 1 new movie on Sept. 30, 2011, and topped the US DVD chart in January 2012.
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