Good News About CHRISTMAS RIDE Film

(Memphis, TN)   This new movie, CHRISTMAS RIDE,  is listed in The WRAP among the eligible films for the 2015 Academy Awards.  Here is the link:  

Christmas Ride also recently was awarded the Dove Seal of Family Approved for Ages 12+.  More about the movie at  and

CHRISTMAS RIDE qualifies as Eligible for Academy Awards Best Picture.

CHRISTMAS RIDE qualifies as Eligible for 87TH Academy Awards Best Picture.

This film was produced in Tennessee by Art Promotions in cooperation with Yarbrough Media Productions with a cast of 68, forty-five % female.

The CHRISTMAS RIDE movie log line is — After hearing a frightening supernatural warning, a woman takes an urgent road trip south during the Christmas holidays with her two kids and a mysterious neighbor haunted by ghosts from his past. She faces dangerous situations and ultimately she learns a heartbreaking truth which tests the limits of forgiveness.  


News Release   Monday, December 8, 2014

From Art Promotions   901 289-4939             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Memphis, TN) Art Promotions is happy to announce Christmas Ride, an Oscar hopeful, was awarded the gold Faith and Family Seal of Approval for ages 12 and older from The Dove Foundation Review Board LAST week.

This means the Foundation believes that the content expressed makes for the kind of entertainment family members can enjoy together with confidence.   The Dove Family Approved Seal is awarded to movies, DVDs, made for TV movies and specials, books and other entertainment products.

Christmas Ride also received the blue Family Seal for the same age groupDove-Seal-FA12+2x2in-300dpi-RGB

Now celebrating its 20th year as an advocate for family values in entertainment, The Dove Foundation works to encourage filmmakers to make clean movies, and to empower families to make wise choices. As a nonprofit, “keeper of the Seal,” free from commercial pressures, The Dove Foundation has built a brand that is recognized by over 50 million Americans.

Here is a link to the Dove Foundation review of Christmas Ride


The Dove Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and may be found online at

CHRISTMAS RIDE is a moving, dramatic 108 minute feature film: The story line is After hearing a supernatural warning, a woman takes an urgent road trip south during the Christmas holidays with her two kids and a mysterious neighbor haunted by ghosts from his past. She faces dangerous situations and ultimately learns a heartbreaking truth which tests the limits of forgiveness.”

Produced by Karen Francis of Art Promotions in cooperation with Yarbrough Media Productions in west TN,  Christmas Ride, starring Brittney Ham and H T Altman with a total cast of 68,  had its first theatrical run in DCP 2K format  at the Music Hall, one of the Laemmle theaters on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA in September, 2014.   This was a week long qualifying run with four screenings a day at a commercial theater.  

More about the film at A one minute film TRAILER  is at .   See more pictures and LIKE it at  for updates.


Meet the Cast of Christmas Ride: REAGAN BRITT MULLINS

Playing the role of April in “Christmas Ride,” rated PG is seven year old (six at the time of shooting) newcomer Reagan Britt Mullins. With only limited acting experience in school and church plays, Reagan took to the filming process quite easily.

This Bartlett Tennessee second grader prepared for each shoot and much to her parent’s pleasure kept up with her studies and didn’t miss a day of school.

When asked about her favorite part of the filming of Christmas Ride Reagan states “I had fun learning from Mr. Jeff (Yarbrough, Director of Photography) and Mr. H. T. (Altman, Principle Actor) and it was fun  having Russ (Russell Walden, Principle Actor) as a movie Brother”.

When asked about her favorite scene, Reagan said “I liked when Russ (Josh) and I snuck away in the Sheriff’s office and throwing leaves on Mr. H. T.  He was so silly”.

Reagan loves to play soccer and basketball and looks forward to starting third grade this fall. She is active in American Heritage Girls and earns badges like crazy.

Reagan has traveled the country with her parents and just returned from a trip to St Louis where she conquered her fears and made it to the top of the Arch.

Reagan looks forward to continuing her acting career and shooting more inspirational movies like Christmas Ride.

Learn more about this feature Academy Award Qualified movie (2015) and how to play it at your local cinema at

April learns a prayer beside her mother .

April played by Regan Britt Mullins learns a prayer beside her on screen mother  Keri, (Brittney Ham).

New Film Clip from Christmas Ride Movie

Happy Fourth of July and hope you enjoy this newly released  45 sec clip.



Harvey Walden captures the crowd in this photo at the Malco Wolfchase screening of CHRISTMAS RIDE in Memphis Oct 29, 2013.


From Brandon: “I was adopted at age six, been raised in Covington, TN.   Currently working for Smith and Nephew and have my own place in Bartlett, TN by the Wolfchase Mall.   I love acting, meeting new people.   Very athletic and love my cars.

Jeff Yarbrough got me into helping him doing scenes with him and now I wish I was a Hollywood star.   In the movie Christmas ride I played one of the teen spirits.   I had a great time with the cast members.   It was really nice to just get out there and meet new people.   I wish the best to come for the movie.”

Brandon Ray Connell

Brandon Ray Connell

Meet the Musicians of Christmas Ride: DAVID FRANCIS

Two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem says of Mr. Francis: He plays the right note with the right tone at the right time. (what more can you ask of any performer?) And with this, he adds that indefinable element of himself, which is the magic of all true interpreters.

Mr. Francis plays in recital through out America and has eight cds available including the world premiere recording of Mr. Rorem’s Eight Etudes for Piano on the cd entitled The Americans. The Los Angeles Times raves of Mr. Francis’ playing: consistently absorbing whether in lyrical repose or propulsive fury.

Mr. Francis is a recording pianist on the films  Pursuit of Happyness, Elegy and the recent re-make of Fame. He has composed music for both film and television and his piano performance can be heard in many major motion pictures.   Mr. Francis is also the creator, composer, musical director and executive producer of the runaway smash hit musical BARK!

BARK! finished a two year run in Los Angeles in August 2006 which was the 3rd longest running production in Los Angeles intimate theatrical history. BARK! was selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and  received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. This musical comedy presented from a dog’s perspective  also received the endorsement of The Humane Society of The United States–the first time ever the society endorsed a commercial entity.  BARK! has raised approximately one quarter of a million dollars for animal charitable organizations. DavidTroyFrancis1

The soundtrack cd recording of BARK! The Musical featuring the original Los Angeles cast is available at:

Mr. Francis recently directed the Jason Robert Brown musical Songs For A New World at the Tennessee Williams Theatre under the auspices of the Key West Symphony and also appeared as a major soloist in the orchestra’s presentation of PianoMen.

He co-created and musically directed an original musical revue entitled Naughty But Nice – an intimate evening with the music of Noel Coward and Cole Porter. The show enjoyed a month long totally sold out run at the Asheville Community Theatre in November 2012.

Mr. Francis is currently working on a new musical entitled The Trail of Tears as well as continuing to perform in concert across America.

David Troy Francis was born in Memphis, Tennessee and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Asheville, North Carolina, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist.

His electrifying and critically acclaimed cd, The Americans, features compositions of living American composers including Mr. Rorem. Other eminent American composers represented on this CD are the magnificent Lowell Liebermann, the distinguished Tobias Picker and the excellent Michael Boustead. He has earned raves from composers and critics alike for his compelling combination of pulverizing technical virtuosity and poetic piano artistry.

He has a stellar recording of his performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor recorded live with the Pasadena Concert Series Orchestra. His popular CD, by george – gershwin reconsidered, is an all Gershwin project including Mr. Francis’ version of the piano transcription of Rhapsody in Blue as well as his newly arranged versions of songs from stage and screen.

Mr. Francis’ unique and exquisite arrangements of American Hymns have led to two best selling cds: Pieces of My Childhood – American Hymns Revisited & Be Still, My Soul – American Hymns Revisited Volume Two. The latter cd was recorded in the famous Studio A at Capitol Records in Hollywood, California – the recording home of such voices as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

He performs frequently in recital including performances at colleges, churches and performing arts venues throughout the world. He has performed for Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden when he performed for the Nobel Prize Luncheon. He gave a totally digital rendering of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for Roland Instruments on their digital concert grand. He performed the same work with orchestra for the distinguished Lindenwood Concert Series in Memphis, Tennessee and with the Pasadena Concert Orchestra. Mr. Francis played in Florence, Italy, at the University of Pepperdine in December 2013.

His performance of original compositions as well as classical pieces can be heard in major motion pictures starring such luminaries as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. Mr. Francis has composed music for television including the animated children’s series Extreme Dinosaurs and movie of the week Hollywood Wives. He is also the composer for the documentary The Age of Elegance and the mock-a-mentary Dogs.

David studied piano performance with Don Moore at Rhodes and also Karen Knecht and Eduardo Delgado. He has studied song writing with Gloria Sklerov at UCLA.

He is the artistic director of The Modern American Music Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit that produces quality productions of modern American music.
Mr. Francis accompanied and musically directed TMAMP’s production of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s critically acclaimed opera Dead Man Walking in Asheville, NC, April 2013.    He is one half of the piano duo of Francis & Weiser who together play two piano and four hand concerts.

Mr. Francis founded and continues to support The Marguerite Francis Music at Noon Concert Series in Bartlett, Tennessee, at the Bartlett United Methodist Church. This series – named after his late mother – is designed to nurture and support quality musicians and provides performances every Wednesday at noon from September through May. The series recently completed its fourth year and is financially self supporting.


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David Troy Francis

Meet Christmas Ride Cast: J D WHITE

Christmas Ride is my first Movie Role. I play James. He is a bad guy. I am a Small Role Actor/Stagehand in Community Theater. I have been involved in 55 Plays, 43 of them have been in the Historic Ruffin Theater in Covington, Tennessee. I am employed at Covington Care Center. I have also worked with many Christian Music Artists. I really enjoyed being part of Christmas Ride. It was like being in a big happy Family. I enjoyed cutting up with the fellow actors.  I grew up in Covington and now living in Atoka TN. I am a member of First Assembly of God in Brighton.

J D White plays James in Christmas Ride.

J D White plays James in Christmas Ride.

Meet the Musicians of CHRISTMAS RIDE: ADAM QUINN

Adam Quinn

Adam Quinn

NEWS FLASH: Adam  will be debuting this Thursday night, July 11th, outdoors in a new country band on Beale St, from 7-10 pm. 

Adam, at the age of 3 began playing piano with 1 finger. At 6 he was performing in churches around the  Memphis area and at the Strand Theater in Millington, TN.    Adam, at 15 played keyboard to produce drums and bass on the Quinn’s Live CD as well as the piano on all songs.   His song Eternal on the CD is an original composition.   At 18, Adam recorded a Gospel piano CD at Ardent Recording Studio  in Memphis titled, Gospel Piano.

Today at 28 Adam is the pianist at Big Creek Baptist Church at Millington, TN and as a professional pianist performs several nights a week at Silky Sullivan’s on world famous Beale Street. Adam plays in his own distinctive style but has a definite touch, of his world famous cousin Teddy Riedel, a piano player and songwriter who played with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis and many others as a studio pianist at Sun Studio, Memphis.  Elvis, in 1961 recorded and released the song ” Judy ” written and released by Teddy Riedel in 1960.  Adam has performed in concert with his cousin Teddy and it makes great musical entertainment.

Adam lives in Bartlett, TN with his lovely wife Shelby and their 3 year old daughter.  Adam expresses his gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ and his humble appreciation to all of the people who give him such delight to hear him play.

Contact for Adam  through this  email, reference Adam:


NEWS FLASH: Adam  will be debuting this Thursday night the 11th, outside, in a new country band on Beale St, from 7-10 pm.    7/7/2013