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  2. 3. Making a Movie from the Book <ul><li>She was just a miner’s wife on welfare who stood up to gigantic coal mines, facing defeat after defeat, before a triumph she never expected. </li></ul><ul><li>AWARD WINNING SCREENPLAY </li></ul><ul><li>written by Penny Loeb </li></ul><ul><li>FINALIST 2005 Gloria Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>SEMIFINALIST 2005 Monterey Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>SEMIFINALIST 2009 Kairos Prize (for Christian-themed) </li></ul><ul><li>QUARTERFINALIST 2009 BlueCat Screenplay </li></ul><ul><li>RAVE REVIEW from BlueCat Judge: “ I enjoyed this story very much.  It was written in a stark, sort of minimalist way in which I envision the people of West Virginia.  We follow Trish Bragg who is caught between the coal producers, the government, the environmentalists, lawyers, etc.  It seems like they all want something…You do an excellent job of showing the vibrant Trish slowly get worn down by her protesting, school, the town, threats, etc.  She runs the gamut but becomes a more rounded, worldly person after it all.  I like on page 72 where Trish says, &quot;I don't like the way they done Terry. Makes him look like a dumb hillbilly.&quot;  To me this line summed up the script…I would say the story is excellent and your plotting is spot on.  That is, I felt that the story never sagged.  Your dialogue is curt and to the point.  Very nice. Overall, an excellent script to read.” </li></ul>
  3. 4. Filming Where Story Happened In 1994, Trish and Dewey Bragg lived here on Nighway Branch in Pie, Mingo County, when a deep mine destroyed her neighbors’ wells.
  4. 5. A Boost for Mingo County <ul><li>The movie will take 20 to 30 days of shooting. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the filming will take place in Mingo County. </li></ul><ul><li>Primary locations will be Trish’s original house, </li></ul><ul><li>the former Varney Grade School, and the County </li></ul><ul><li>Courthouse. </li></ul><ul><li>Food--the most important part of movie making--will </li></ul><ul><li>be bought and prepared locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Fifty to a hundred local citizens will be hired as extras. </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally, two dozen people in the movie will play themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>The two dozen crew members will spend a month in Mingo, </li></ul><ul><li>In motels, bed and breakfast and rented houses. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Film Celebrates Best of the West Virginia Coalfields <ul><li>“ As a young bride, I was overwhelmed with love from Dewey’s family. Now, I want to protect them with the love they showed me,” Trish Bragg explains why she fought for the rights of her neighbors. </li></ul>Kayla and Trish Bragg Trish faced obstacle after obstacle with determination and wonderful humor. She persevered when others would have given up. She loves her family, her community, and most of all West Virginia. To the rest of the world that will watch this movie, Trish represents the best Appalachia can be.
  6. 7. With Faith in God <ul><li>“ The first time I saw these mountains, I felt God in their majesty.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ After DEP stopped the mine from taking our wells, I thought I’d go back to being a housewife. But God had other plans.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ And in the beginning as light began to shine, God made a substance called coal.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I asked God if I was doing the right thing. Maybe he gave me the wrong answer.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ When Kayla was little, she used to ask why God answered me. I told her because I aggravate him so much.” </li></ul>
  7. 8. A GREAT… <ul><li>PRODUCER </li></ul><ul><li>Stacie Jones </li></ul><ul><li>Producer on nine feature films </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Production manager Toe to Toe , premiere at 2009 Sundance Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Production manager Stags , comedy shot in New York 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Line producer JuJu: The Witchdoctor Chronicles , feature shot Baltimore 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>DIRECTOR </li></ul><ul><li>Aaron Gentzler </li></ul><ul><li>Quarter finalist 2008 Blue Cat Screenplay Competition for “The Western Song” </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches advanced screenwriting at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore </li></ul>
  8. 9. … TEAM <ul><li>DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Farrell </li></ul><ul><li>Videographer on two dozen independent movies. Multiple award winner: </li></ul><ul><li>Best Biographical Documentary FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia </li></ul><ul><li>Bronze Peer Award winner International Independent Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Best Local Film Artsfest Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Heart of England International Film Festival Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Semi-Finalist Hollywood Spiritual Film Festival </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle brings a painterly eye and dedicated passion to filmmaking. </li></ul>
  9. 10. EXCITING POSSIBILITIES <ul><li>MOVING MOUNTAINS </li></ul><ul><li>Has been compared to A Civil Action, Erin Brokovich, North Country and Silkwood </li></ul><ul><li>Low budget movies have had increasing success at the box office, as well </li></ul><ul><li>as through a variety of other distribution methods. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at The Blair Witch Project, Napoleon Dynamite and this year… </li></ul><ul><li>Frozen River garnered Academy Award nominations for the director and lead actress. And even </li></ul><ul><li>Best Picture Winner Slum Dog Millionaire was directed and produced as an independent film by Danny Boyle </li></ul><ul><li>We plan to enter Moving Mountains in the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Christian Film Festival, </li></ul><ul><li>as well as a number of smaller festivals. </li></ul><ul><li>We are talking with theatres in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky about limited-run showings. </li></ul><ul><li>Trish’s faith in God that carried her through tough times makes Moving Mountains ideal for showing in Churches, for </li></ul><ul><li>licensing fees of approximately $300 a showing. </li></ul><ul><li>Trish is happy to talk at churches and schools that show the movie </li></ul><ul><li>We are also approaching cable television channels, such as Hallmark and Lifetime. </li></ul><ul><li>A DVD distributor has already expressed interest. </li></ul>
  10. 11. POSSIBILITIES FOR INVESTORS <ul><li>THERE’S NO GUARANTEE OF MAKING MONEY WITH A MOVIE INVESTMENT </li></ul><ul><li>But </li></ul><ul><li>THERE’S A POSSIBILITY </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on the still to-be-determined number of investors, </li></ul><ul><li>each will receive 3 to 5 percent of any profits. </li></ul><ul><li>Executive producer Sunshine Films LLC maintains 51-percent ownership. </li></ul><ul><li>Production costs of movies made in West Virginia are eligible for roughly </li></ul><ul><li>31-percent state tax credits, which will reduce each investor’s </li></ul><ul><li>commitment. Details are in the financing contract. </li></ul><ul><li>If, after two years, Moving Mountains , has not returned investors’ full investment, </li></ul><ul><li>Sunshine Films LLC will return the remainder of what’s owed. </li></ul>