Sunday, May 18, 2008

No Greater Love

Oh... this looks like a good movie.

Jeff and Heather were the “Lucky ones.” Best friends from childhood, high school sweethearts, and married by twenty-two. They were inseparable soul mates. Over time, however, Jeff became a workaholic, and Heather felt the neglect. After the birth of their son, Ethan, and with Jeff never around, Heather fell into a deep depression. In a moment of despair, Heather made the life-altering decision to leave Jeff for the night…and never returned. After police searches, missing person’s reports, and endless efforts to find her…she was gone.

Ten years later…life has moved on for Jeff and Ethan. Jeff is on the verge of proposing to Katie, his girlfriend of eight months, and Ethan has grown into a well-adjusted eleven year old. While not forgotten, Heather is a vivid, but distant memory of the past for Jeff, and no memory at all for Ethan.

Jeff is befriended by Dave, a fellow regular at a local coffee house. After striking up a friendship, they learn that their sons are baseball little league teammates. With summer break approaching, Dave encourages Jeff to allow Ethan to come to “Kids Fest,” a fun, week-long kid’s summer event at Dave’s church. Ambivalent toward God and church, but feeling that Kids Fest would be - if nothing else - good babysitting for his son, Jeff accepts.

Ethan has a blast, and on the final day, Jeff and Katie are persuaded to attend a brief show, which the kids are performing. It is on this day that Jeff receives the monumental shock of his life. Heather is one of the Kids Fest helpers!

Three years prior to their Kids Fest encounter, Heather had been saved from her sin, and was now a committed Christian. With all her heart, she had diligently attempted to find the whereabouts of Jeff and Ethan, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Turning it over to God, she had fervently been praying to see them again, and by God’s grace, here they were!

Jeff is forced to wrestle with forgiveness, reconciliation, and the irresistible grace of God.

I found this news release about the movie.

‘Faith Based’ movie filmed at AV church

By Lavender Vroman
Showcase Assistant Editor - AV Press

A Lancaster-based production company is staying close to home for the filming of its first feature.

Coram Deo Studios shot scenes for the “faith based” romantic drama “No Greater Love” this week at Grace Chapel and several other Lancaster Locations, including restaurants Fresco II and Jimmy’s Eatery.

“Economically, it made sense,” producer Matt Green said of the decision to shoot the film in Lancaster. “Things are cheaper out here. We had a lot of local connections out here.”

A significant portion of “No Greater Love” takes place on a church campus, Green said. One of the sales representatives for Coram Deo’s parent company, Signature Fundraising, happened to be a member of Grace Chapel. He approached the church, which has been supportive of the project ever since. Grace Chapel pastor Chris Johnson even plays the role of a pastor in the film, Green said.

“No Greater Love” is written and directed by Brad Silverman. Signature Fundraising president Russ Rice is the executive producer. A crew of about 24 is working on the three-week shoot, filming with high-definition digital cameras. They’ve also filmed at locations in Canyon Country and Valencia.

Once the film is completed, Coram Deo plans to screen it at churches across the country, possibly as early as mid-summer, Green said. The studios ultimate goal is to secure a distribution deal for the movie.

Coram Deo Studios began as Signature Productions, which primarily made industrial videos for the fundraising company that relocated from Valencia to Lancaster in 2002.

After landing a cross-promotional deal with Warner Bros. and producing a pilot for an educational children’s television series, the company became a “full-fledge studio,” Green said.
So... what is an AV church? Audio-Visual?