“The Prodigal Film,” an updated film version of the classic story, has been creating a lot of buzz in its pre-production stage. It is breaking ground in Texas and beyond, as it is including top-tier talent from around the country. “The Prodigal Film” chronicles the life of reckless teen Josh Summers, the tragic consequences of his choices, and his painful road back home to redemption.
This epic movie has just begun pre-production as a full SAG indie. Executive producer, Michael Walters writes, “The Prodigal continues to move forward as we are working on final details with the investors and the bank. Its not a quick process, as anyone knows when you are dealing with a budget this size… most of the financial structuring is complete. “
The cast of this epic feature includes David Novak as Col. Browning and Laura Cerón as Barbara Braddock. Many notable Texas actors fill supporting roles: Bug Hall as Set Walden, Mike Gassaway as Dr. Holloman; Donny Boaz as Robert Summers; Drew Waters as Lt. Williams; Billy Blair as Ernesto; Mckenna Grace as Joni Summers; Gracie Whitton as Mikaela; Landon Brooks as Cody; Carl Bailey as David, the dad at the bus station; Ron Roggé as Sgt Terry Johnson; Charles ‘Skeeta’ Jenkins as Moose, a member of the over 40 biker gang; Natalie Wilemon as Desiree; Alice Ford as Rhonda Simmons; Jose Rosete as Angel Ramirez; Tanner Fontana as Young Robert; George Cisneros as Jose Ramirez; Rosa Nichols as Captain Stone; Kasey James as Omar; Natalie Pena as Solana; Henriett Novak as Jessie Burns; Michael P Gardner as Officer Michael Wellman; Angela Sprinkle as Judith, mom at the bus station; and Yankie Grant as Sprocket, loud-mouthed biker.
Further Texas actors in “The Prodigal Film” cast are the following: Major Dodson as Louis; Shayla Bagir as Souzan; Hugo Martinez as Ruben, angry ranch hand; Roni Hummel as Principal Walker; Eddie Bauer Jr. as Carl, the Pawn Broker; Jackson Burns as Booze, drunken biker; Rheagan Wallace as Megan Summers; Paula Marcenaro Solinger as Ana Torres; Brooke Fontana as young Cara Summers; Cole Gleason as Officer Burnett; Lindsay Norman as Kristy; Steve Jimenez as Otis, a homeless man; Benjamin V. Baird as Everett, angry ranch hand; Brandon Thomas as Young Josh Summers; Lorraine Eubank as Sandra; Katy Fulkerson as Katy Fleming – tv reporter; Cameron Laskowski as Max; Zulema Nall as Officer Maggie Janssen; and Maddie Benbenek as Cara Summers.
Other actors from around the country include: Michael Wayne Thomas as Graham Davis, the bus driver; Heather Ricks as EMT; Paul Bond as Clayton, the proprietor of the Oscuro Movie Theatre; Wil J. Jackson as EMT Jackson; Jessica Bella as Jasmine; Dyanna Wilson as Ms. Andersen; Johnny Solinger as Himself; Jaz Sinclair as Sam – Omar’s girlfriend; Devlyn Tyree as Billy; Whitley Perryman as Caleb Burns; Gidget Taylor as Gina; Janene Renee Randall as Big Sexy, gorgeous biker; and Cooper Dodson as Louis’ little brother. Casting is no longer open except for the A-List leading actors.
The Story of “The Prodigal Film” is by Executive Producer & Director Michael D. Walters. Michael Walters and Wendy Casey Mohler are screenwriters. Producer, Veteran Stunt Coordinator, 2nd Unit Director is Jackson Burns with Alice Ford as a stunt performer . Dialogue Coach is Dr. Diane Howard. Director of Photography and 1st Unit Cinematographer is James Burgess. Tim Everitt is visual effects producers. Balint Sapszon is the Music Supervisor/ Composer. Michael Walters is the Casting Director. Rona Lamont is the Costume Designer and Andrea Schutter is the makeup and hair supervisor. Christopher Dufau is First Assistant Director. Mike Gassaway is second assistant director. Mark Clark is gaffer. Jack Sander is transportation coordinator.Tom Gardner is Director of Security. Blu Van Zandt is script supervisor. Janice Lewison is Extras Casting Director and Donna Teel is digital media manager.
Extras work is for local hire only, Houston or San Antonio addresses. In other words, talent works in the market of their current residence, are able to drive to the work location in the morning, return home in the evening, are not in need of accommodations to rest at the end of the day. No travel expenses are paid.
The Story is about Josh Summers, a reckless teen from an upper middle-class family who runs his life on high octane, assumes everything, and believes his family and the entire world owes him. Soon Josh’s bad choices create a series of bad consequences and Josh’s entire world unravels all around him, leaving a path of death and destruction. With family connections severed by his own undoing, Josh begins a four year journey of self-discovery.
Discharged out of the U.S. Army for crimes he has not committed, Josh travels as far away as he can from his troubles and winds up working on a South Texas ranch in the midst of economic hard times brought on by a severe drought and the drug cartel’s war along the border. Here trouble still follows Josh; but and through the turmoil and tragedy, Josh experiences the power of redemption and is exonerated by an Army Judicial Review.
This is a classic, universal story with an epic Texas feel, high action drama, and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It is not a preachy-film, but it is about the following in life: making the right choices, the power of forgiveness, and redemption. Already, test readers have told the producers how “The Prodigal Film” has changed their everyday lives. Audiences will quickly be able to identify with the character of the prodigal and other characters as well.
This movie will have special appeal to soldiers and military care providers. Films as therapeutic and healing tools are used by U.S. Army Chaplains and Therapists who serve military members. Quality films like “The Prodigal Film,” which depict the struggles and traumas common to many soldiers associated with the recent and current combat and deployment challenges, provide excellent resources for group, family, and individual counseling and educational opportunities.
Chaplains and Therapists refer soldiers and their families to view films as discussion starters to initiate healing experiences. Films that depict authentic experiences, as “The Prodigal Film,” can facilitate universal, normalizing, and cathartic understanding in viewers and can reduce in them feelings of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts that are related to isolation and alienation.
“The Prodigal Film” has this kind of therapeutic potential. This film can be used as a valuable resource to reach the hearts and minds of soldiers as chaplains and mental health providers (psychologists, Family Life Consultants, and social workers) address Suicide Prevention, PTSD recovery, and how to overcome other crippling mental and emotional issues that soldiers and their families face commonly face today.
George Cisneros, bilingual actor, will serve as military adviser for “The Prodigal Film.” Cisneros served in the United States Marine Corps, served two overseas tours, and was honorably discharged. George will play Corporal Jose Ramirez, one of the main villains, who is intense and explosive, in the film. “The Prodigal Film” will have a lot of action along with intense military scenes. The fans are going to be very happy with the military aspect and integrity of the film. They will be entertained with the action sequences, as well as faced with the real-to-life choices and consequences for soldiers. Production budget is set at over $12 million.
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