In this modern day retelling of the timeless Prodigal Son Parable, young Jacob is tired of living on the family farm, submitting to the rules of his Father, Mr. Abraham. One day he demands an early inheritance from his father, who shocks his young son by agreeing to give it to him-contingent on first sitting through a 6-hour intensive flurry of life trainers in the area of Health, Wealth and Wisdom including real life experts in their fields, featuring world famous pollster Scott Rasmussen, Talk Show host Sean Hannity and Psychologist Dr. Bev Smallwood who warns Jacob not to flash his cash since that could attract the 'wrong kind of woman.' Jacob perks up at that thought and heads to the city to prove that his modern ways are better than his dad's tradition ways. For a while he does well-surprisingly well taking huge business risks, and still making money even after his extremely flamboyant lifestyle that attracts the wrong women including seductive Laura, whose rich boyfriend Frank is often dangerously nearby. Jacob got the it all: money, ladies, prestige-but then-he loses it all and just when he things he's hit bottom the bottom drops some more-until he is eating out of dumpsters and eventually ends up in a literal pig pen. Coming to his senses he heads home, determined to work in an entry level position for his dad, who surprises him once again by running to him-but is it to kiss him or kill him?
- Written by Gerald McGlothlin
AN INTERESTING NOTE TO PPSIMMONS' READERS!
Carl Gallups (PPSIMMONS founder) was offered one of the leading roles as the father in this film by Executive Producer Jerry McGlothlin. Carl had to turn down the gracious and amazing offer because the filming schedule presented an unresolvable conflict with his previously committed schedule.(He was doing TV and radio interviews on one book, writing another one and preparing to shoot a movie for that one, plus he was traveling abroad in missions trips in addition to his Freedom Friday responsibilities and his senior pastor responsibilities.) However, Carl's website, www.carlgallups.com, DOES appear in the movie! The main character is checking out Carl's website on a computer and the camera zooms in on it!
WORD FILMS RELEASES FAITH-BASED FILM,
SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR THE MOTION PICTURE
'A LONG WAY OFF' FOR JUNE 3 RELEASE
A Modern Day Prodigal Son Story featuring Jason Burkey, Robert Davi, John Diehl, Edie McClurg and Sean Hannity
Nashville, TN – (February 19, 2014) – Word Films is proud to announce a distribution deal with PRODIGALFILM and Uptone Pictures for the release of the motion picture, "A Long Way Off," featuring Jason Burkey ("October Baby," "Mom's Night Out"), Robert Davi ("Die Hard," "Goonies," James Bond "License to Kill"), John Diehl ("Escape from New York," "Stargate," "Pearl Harbor"), Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Planes Trains and Automobiles"), Robert Amaya ("Courageous"), and talk show host Sean Hannity.
The inspiring true story is based on tale of The Prodigal Son taken from Luke 15:11-32 but set in modern times.
Produced and co-directed by Michael Davis ("Destiny Road"), and co-directed by Jon Errington, "A Long Way Off" captures the timeless tale of a journey to humility, repentance, and reconciliation with both a loving earthly father and heavenly Father--all in time for a June 3, 2014 DVD release just in time for Father's Day 2014. (following the May 2014 theatrical release by PRODIGALFILM)
In this 2000-year-old story, Jacob leaves the family farm, shunning his father's religious and business ethics, to strike out on his own in the big city, poised to conquer the world in his own way—on his terms. Surprised that his father actually obliges his request for an early inheritance, Jacob sets out for his own idea of fortune and fame, and proceeds to spend millions of dollars living the high life—only to find it come crashing down and learning vital life lessons, coming back a humbled, appreciative son, finally ready to reconcile with both his earthly and Heavenly Father.
More than a dozen spokespersons (actors, producers, and film makers) are available for interviews.
Promotion, momentum, events and buzz from ProdigalFilm:
Music Video for "A Long Way Off," the film's title track (to be included in the bonus features of the DVD release in June after the theatrical release):
Father's Day television special scheduled to be aired on multiple television networks to promote the motion picture.
Final film trailer to be released by March 1, 2014.
Early motion picture theaters committed with more coming on board.
Church movie screenings across the country in conjunction to the theatrical release.
Word Entertainment is a division of Warner Music, the world's largest music publisher.
Sean Hannity and other major talk show hosts committed to interviewing principals from the film.
Special Guests, Inc., a publicity firm of 27 years, has been contracted to book hundreds of talk show interviews to promote the film.
Other publicity efforts are beginning shortly in print, social media, newspapers, magazines, etc.
Biographies of actors, directors and producers available for interview may be viewed at:
Official film web site: http://www.alongwayoffthemovie.com
NEWS COVERAGE OF FILM PRODUCTION:
News and Observer front page Dec 1, 2012 story:
WRAL TV News ch 5 Raleigh (NBC): Movie tackles 'Prodigal Son' parable:
WTVD TV News ch 11 (ABC) Raleigh:
KRTV Great Falls, Montana: http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/Big-News-for-My-Neighbor-in-Need--174867311.html
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