The feature film Christmas Ride is rated PG by MPAA.  A DCP version exists of this full length movie for theatrical distribution. The film is produced by Karen Francis, owner of Art Promotions with cooperation of Yarbrough Media Productions.  More information about the film is at

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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 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


What is your acting background?
Christmas Ride is my first acting experience.

Where are you from?
I am from Covington, TN

What has been your biggest challenge in the production?
As I’m not a seasoned actor, I got a little nervous working with professional actors and crew members.

What are your personal career goals for your future?
I am currently going into my sophomore year in college and I’m planning on going to study film/video production at The University of Memphis. I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to learn more about film-making while on the set of Christmas Ride.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
Olan Rogers, Joshua Pursely, and Thomas Gore are three Memphis graduates who were in a sketch comedy group called “Balloonshop” on Youtube. They are currently working on separate film projects. Many other Youtubers and internet film companies are also big inspirations for me choosing a film career.

What have you learned from being in this film so far?
I have learned that acting requires a lot off repetition as directors film many shots in many angles in order to perfect a scene.

What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Pokemon: The First Movie. I became a fan of the Pokemon franchise at a very young age and have grown with it. The first Pokemon movie, in my opinion, has the perfect mix of serious aspects and comedy. It carries a great message and has a great soundtrack too.

What location(s) did you enjoy filming in and what was unique about that place?
Well, its not everyday you get to go into the Sheriff’s office. We filmed in the Justice Center for two nights. It was fun hanging out in the courtroom and the Sheriff’s office. While we were there, Brandon and I texted some friends telling them we were in jail.

We also filmed on the side of the road with a police car at night and at a house in a local neighborhood. I’m pretty sure that we all had fun adventures in every filming location.

What stands out in your mind about some of the other actors in the film?
They were all great! It was interesting seeing how actors get into their characters.

What technical aspects of the filming were new to you?
I was fascinated by how important the lighting and sound are to the scenes.

What kind of work do you do when you aren’t filming?
I currently work part-time at McDonald’s.

How did you get involved with Christmas Ride?

Dustin Higdon

Dustin Higdon

I was actually working on a video project with Brandon Connell for one of my classes. Brandon got a call from Jeff Yarbrough asking if Brandon was interested for a role in Christmas Ride and if he knew anyone who would also be interested in a role . We both said yes.




My name is Frank Deslauriers and I play Paul Davenport in the upcoming film “Christmas Ride”.

Frank Deslauriers plays Paul Davenport in CHRISTMAS RIDE

Frank Deslauriers plays Paul Davenport in CHRISTMAS RIDE

My character seems to represent how life goes on and a new beginning for characters who have suffered tragedies in their life with dignity and reverence.  I learned from this film the power of forgiveness and  all things happen to us or a reason and that God puts challenges before us not as a punishment but as obstacles to be overcome and learn from.

This is my first film although I have acted in a number of plays at the Ruffin Theater in Covington, Tennessee including Romeo and Juliet, The Hobbit and the upcoming You Can’t Take it With You.  I was able to get the part of Paul Davenport in Christmas Ride by luck and circumstance.  My son and I went to be extras in the wedding scene and the next thing I know I was asked to play Paul.  Obviously I jumped at the chance and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was quite different from stage acting.  Film acting seems to require much more nuance in a role since there are more closeups and takes than stage acting.  One scene can takes hours to film which allows for obtaining the best shot.  On stage there are no directors saying “cut, let’s do it again”.  There are no “do overs” on stage.  My “day job” is as a trial attorney and I have found that acting and trial work are very similar.  To be successful both require credibility and belief in what you are doing.  It also doesn’t hurt to be a bit of a ham.
I have not been acting long but it has become a passion and I plan to continue doing it as long as I can be wheeled on stage or in front of a camera.  I consider Tom Hanks to be my favorite actor due to his versatility and everyman quality.  If I have a favorite film it would probably be Forrest Gump.  I also enjoyed Saving Private Ryan, probably because my life long hero, my father, was a career soldier who fought and was decorated for his service to his country.   Because of his military career I lived everywhere growing up including Germany for about half my childhood.  I have always felt that people who are always the new kid either become very shy or very outgoing as a way to fit in.  Obviously, I chose the outgoing path.   Acting is the perfect outlet for this.
Finally, I would like to thank Karen Francis for her guidance, patience and kindness during this production.
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Here is the interview response of Linda Willis Peckenpaugh who portrays a mourner in CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new film being produced in TN by Art Promotions with cooperation of Yarbrough Media Productions.

Linda Willis Peckinpaugh places flowers at a roadside memorial for victims of a car accident.

Linda Willis Peckenpaugh places flowers at a roadside memorial for victims of a car accident.

Linda tells us:
“My acting background is being in the community play Oklahoma, Hee Haw benefit shows and a music video, The Devil Whipping His Wife.

I grew up in Ripley, Tennessee. My mother left my father and me when I was a baby. My father couldn’t take care of me on his own so he left me with his sister. She and her husband adopted me and gave me a good Christian life. I lived in Ripley until my husband died then I sold my home and moved in with my daughter in Collierville, Tennessee. My son lives in Germantown so they wanted me to live closer to them. I met a guy who promotes southern gospel music while singing with my gospel trio and later married and we live in Dyersburg Tennessee.

My involvement in Christmas Ride happened when I met Jeff Yarbrough through my friends that needed him to film their music video that I was in. I saw this opportunity on his facebook page and wanted to be involved in this Christian film.

My biggest challenge has been time and waiting on scenes to be filmed, but the wait is worth it to get a good film right.

My future personal goals, since I’m retired, are to continue singing for the Lord and being involved in Christian service.

My biggest inspiration is Jesus! As I look back on my life, I see how He has taught me wisdom and strength to overcome life’s challenges. He has given me a gift of music to use for His glory. I’ve learned when I trust and wait on His timing He provides for my good and His glory.

I’ve learned from being in this film that I’m thankful there are Christian people that want to make films that get God’s word out for the public to see and be inspired.

My favorite movie Sargeant York. I remember seeing this with my dad when I was a child. I like this true story of a poor unsaved Tennessee man turning his life around for the Lord and becoming a hero. My favorite part was when he and his dog went to the top of a mountain. He took his Bible and was reading scripture regarding, ”Rendering to Ceasar what is Ceasars’ and to God what is Gods’.”

What I want for my birthday is just to enjoy being with my family and friends. At my age material things don’t matter anymore. Time is too short to want for material things that do not fulfill.

I want to thank Karen for writing this Christian based film. We need more Christian movies.”

Linda Willis Peckenpaugh

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St. Matthews Episcopal Church: Historic Location in Christmas Movie

A Location from CHRISTMAS RIDE

This beautiful stain glass window is at the historical St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Covington, TN, where one scene of Christmas Ride, a feature length movie with a message of redemption and faith, was filmed. A second scene was filmed in front of this church.


Of the several trailers about the movie, this short video highlights Saint Matthews Church twice:

A number of the cast members in this movie live in Covington and near by surrounding areas.  They are listed on the film’s official web page at  

This film was produced by Art Promotions in Memphis, TN with the cooperation of Yarbrough Media Productions in Covington, TN.

Some short videos produced by artist and screenwriter, Karen Francis, highlight churches and shrines may be found on