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CHRISTMAS RIDE is a new intriguing feature film. My company, Art Promotions, located in Memphis, produced it with the cooperation of Yarbrough Media Productions in TN.  A cast of sixty-eight people…

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New CHRISTMAS RIDE Supernatural Trailer 2016

Here’s a new trailer for PG rated feature film, CHRISTMAS RIDE, a journey of miracles, madness and redemption.  It’s a  Road Trip to Remember! DCP [digital cinema print] ready for theaters.

To book in your cinema, contact producer Karen Francis kfrancis427@gmail.com

ACTORS in this trailer include: BRITTNEY HAM, H T ALTMAN, DUSTIN HIGDON, BRANDON RAY CONNELL, REAGAN BRITT MULLINS, RUSSELL WALDEN,   TIM HAZLERIG, SHELLEY VAN DE VOORT, FRANK DESLAURIERS, JEFF YARBROUGH, T. DENISE NALL, DONNA CHAMNESS,  JOHN LOCKE, HARVEY WALDEN, J D WHITE, PAUL BYRD, SHARON FISHER, DORV ARMOUR, LINDA WILLIS PECKENPAUGH, JEFF MAY, JOHN M WEAVER

The CHRISTMAS RIDE film is produced by Art Promotions with cooperation by Yarbrough Media Productions.  

Additional info:  http://www.facebook.com/ChristmasRide 

http://www.artprofilms.com

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3042886/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1

Additional trailers and clips may be found at the http://www.youtube.com/blessings427 channel.

http://kfrancis427.wix.com/christmas-ride-2015

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:   http://www.thewrap.com/oscars-announce-323-films-eligible-for-best-picture/  

Christmas Ride also recently was awarded the Dove Seal of Family Approved for Ages 12+.  More about the movie at www.artprofilms.com  and www.facebook.com/ChristmasRide.

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.  

New Posters for Christmas Ride

These are some of the newer posters for Christmas Ride now.  Would love your thoughts this week.  Try the Poll.

A Christmas Ride Poster (Sepia)

Brittney Ham as Keri

Meet the Musicians of CHRISTMAS RIDE: TERRY BELL

From the first time Terry saw the Nashville sky line in 1988 he knew this is where he was meant to be. The doors on music row started opening right away. He began co-writing with staff writers from Loretta Lynn’ publishing company Coal Minors Music and Tree (Sony/ATV) music publishing. He learned the craft of songwriting from some of the best in the business. He met Jennifer Pierce who wrote “That Old Wheel” for Johnny Cash and was writing with Garth Brooks when they met.   He continued to write with new writers and up and coming artist’s when he met soon to be country star Tracy Lawrence. They became good friends and started writing together. It was Terry and Tracy’s songs that helped to get Tracy noticed when he did a showcase at the Blue Café.

As as a seasoned songwriter he has had great commercial success in the Positive Country Market, with 4 Top 10 singles and a 1# song to his credit.. He co wrote the song “John Wayne and Jesus” that was recorded by Michael Grimm, America’s Got Talent winner for 2010.  The song was nominated Song of the Year by the Christian Country Music Industry in 1996 .The song crossed over to mainstream country radio and helped to earn Michael a “Star of Tomorrow Award” from CCMA voting members that year

In the 70’s his band “Dakotah opened shows for Steppenwolf, Elvin Bishop, Head East and Beautiful Day and was a regular performer at the Oregon Country Fair.

 

He was fortunate to work with Keith Olsen, the producer of Fleetwood Mac, White Snake and Rick Springfield, along with many great songwriters, artists and producers throughout his career that helped Terry develop into one of Nashville’s best “Song Men”, skilled with the ability to choose the perfect song for any project. He was instrumental in finding a song for country super star, Faith Hill’s album, “It Matters to Me”.  The album has been RIAA Certified as having sold 5.7 million records since it 1995 release. 

In 2013, Terry Bell is an industry professional in every sense of the word. As a songwriter he has had great commercial success, with top charting singles and was recently promoted by Ron Cornelius owner, the Cornelius Companies and Gateway Entertainment, Inc as the Creative Director, where he continues to write new songs, work with and mentor new writers and artists.

Contact info:  TERRY R.BELL   (615) 256-9253
TALENT & BOOKING AGENTS: BETTY CLARK – TLM AGENCY, CHRIS MILLER TALENT / ICE/REDRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT, NASHVILLE, TN 

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So pleased to be including TWO of Terry’s hit songs, in the new movie Christmas Ride:  

“If He Were My Dad”  performed by Terry  and  “You Put the Wings on My Dreams”  written by Terry Bell and sung by Leigh Ann Agee.”  —  Karen Francis, Director

More from Terry’s resume follows:

ARTIST (TELEVISION APPEARANCES AND RADIO INTERVIEWS)       

YOU CAN BE A STAR                                          THE NASHVILLE NETWORK  (TNN)                    

AMERICAN MAGAZINE                                           THE NASHVILLE NETWORK   (TNN)

OPRY STAR SPOTLIGHT                                       WSM RADIO, NASHVILLE, TN

FEATURED SINGER/SONGWRITER                       WSM RADIO, NASHVILLE, TN

PRISONERS OF ROCK AND ROLL                          WNEW FM, NEW YORK

DAKOTAH – BAND INTERVIEW                                KZEL FM. EUGENE, ORE

WRANGLER COUNTRY SHOWDOWN                      KYOU FM, GREELEY, CO

 

CONCERTS, CLUBS, AND PERSONAL APPREANCES

NASHVILLE, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, OREGON

DAKOTAH OPENED SHOWS FOR: ELVIN BISHOP, STEPPENWOLF, HEAD EAST

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, DAVID LAFLAME (BEAUTIFUL DAY), DAVID BROMBERG,  REGULAR PERFOMER  AT OREGON COUNTRY FAIR

 

TIN PAN SOUTH       – HOST FEATURED WRITER     NASHVILLE, TN

BLUE BIRD CAFÉ     – SHOWCASE                             NASHVILLE, TN

DOUGLAS CORNER – SHOWCASE                             NASHVILLE, TN

STAR SEARCH         – SEMI FINALIST                         NASHVILLE, TN

THE PLACE                  DAKOTAH                               EUGENE, ORE.

THE CATALIST           DAKOTAH                                SANTA, CRUZ, CA

THE CROWS NEST     DAKOTAH                                SANTA CRUZ, CA

CLUBS                          SOLO                                      LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

 

MAJOR DEMOS FOR: STELLA PARTON/ VELVET APPLE (DOLLY PARTON)

WINN DIXIE, TRACY LAWRENCE (ATLANTIC RECORDS/ RICH GRISSOM / POLYGRAM/ LORETTA LYNN/ COAL MINERS MUSIC/ CAL IV ENTERTAINMENT / THE CORNELIUS COMPANIES. DENNIS SCOT PRODUCTONS / NODDY- FOR SESAME  STREET SERIES

 

FEATURE FILMS

1990 ERNEST GOES TO JAIL                                 EMSHELL PRODUCTIONS/BUENA VISTA PROD.

1994 BRUTE FORCE                                                 WILSHIRE FILM VENTURES

 

TELEVISION

ZAP NEWS —  COMEDY SERIES                            TCI CABLE – EUGENE, ORE.

1990 “ELVIS GOOD ROCKING TONIGHT “         NEW WORLD TELEVISON / ABC TV

1994 XXXOO’S                                                          CBS TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK

 

COMMERCIALS

1974 UNITED AIRLINES                                         FISHERMANS WARF- SAN FRANSICO, CA

1979  MARCH OF DIMES                                      EUGENE, OREGON

1992 GOODY’S HEADACHE POWER                   NASHVILLE, TN

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

ALLEN JACKSON VIDEO                                     NASHVILLE, TN.

DOUG STONE “ WARNING LABELS”                  NASHVILLE, TN

WOOD BROTHERS  “ ALCOHOL OF FAME “     NASHVILLE, TN

 

TRAINING

ACTORS WORKSHOP, ACTORS, INC, PERFORMANCE ARTIST WORKSHOP,

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS RIDE SCREENS IN MEMPHIS

CHRISTMAS RIDE SCREENS IN MEMPHIS

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

New Free Christmas Ride Movie Trailer

Meet the CR 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 CHRISTMAS RIDE MUSICIANS: MARTY RAY

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Marty Ray

From Marty Ray:  “My Mother always said when I cried as a baby it sounded like a song.  I took her word for it. She always said God blessed me with a voice that could stretch beyond boundaries of color, politics. or religion. Most of my other family didn’t like my singing and always urged me to pursue other things, I guess for most of my life I took their word for that as well. My Father always supported me in all my wild endeavors as long as I could convince him that I would work hard at it.  I owe all that I am today to my dad. I’ve had a passion for singing my whole life and have always dreamed of being on that stage blessing an audience with my song. One day this dream will come to fruition.

Music has always been a pivotal part of our family. It seems that the majority of my family was blessed with a musical talent of some kind. There has always been those certain members that everyone respected as the “real” talent and they alone deserved success, I wasn’t one of those. They were the singers, players, worship leaders, and, in some cases, preachers of our churches. I was never welcome on the platform of performance because I didn’t have the gift they had, or I didn’t dress, act, or look the way they thought I should. I guess, in a sense, Im the outcast. I couldn’t say why some of my family never wanted me to succeed at music, or for that matter anything, but I can say that I’ve always supported them and always will, because I love them.

I’m not trying to paint some sad picture of my life in an attempt to gain sympathy, just giving a little insight into my background. I’ve had an abundantly blessed life and the only things I would change are the mistakes I’ve made; that probably goes for all of us. My mom and dad were together until I was 19 years old and my brother and I never went hungry or unclothed, so theres no anxiety there. I had a very large family growing up and excitement and drama were always present. Holidays were always my favorite time of year because we got to see so much of our family from both my Mother and Fathers side; not to mention there were buffets of home cooked food. Our holiday events would always begin and end with song and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I’ve lost a lot of my loved ones over the years and still think about ALL of them everyday. They are a driving force for my inspiration and my ambition. I know I’ll see them again, someday.

This journey of my musical achievement began out of desire and urgency. Reiterating, I have always had a passion for singing and wanted to perform as a career but, by apprehension and confusion I was held back from my pursuit. Because I respected the opinions of the musicians in my family, I doubted my true abilities as a vocalist and was confused about the gift that God gave me. I could hear myself singing beautiful sounds and melodies but their words caused ambiguity to steal my confidence. I wondered if I actually sounded as good as I thought. It wasn’t until my dad started getting sick that my motivation to accomplish the seemingly impossible emanated. Reality set in and I knew if I was going to help him and others it would have to be through the voice God blessed me with.

I began showcasing my vocals with cover songs and videos by means of several networking sites to judge peoples reactions. Compliments and praise for my vocal skills flooded my videos and songs. That’s when I knew those family members were wrong-the whole time-and my push toward divine destiny actualized. Later, I comprised a four song demo album with three covers and an original; I sold out within a month. I immediately started writing songs for my first all-original album to be released in 2012; which is still in progress.

The inception of The Marty Ray Project is here and I welcome anyone to join the project. I know the day will come when that one influential person will hear the MRP, understand our goals, and ultimately launch us into our vision. I appreciate whoever is reading this or listening to my songs please spread the word that The MRP will soon arrive. ” 

More about Marty’s songs at: http://martyrayproject.com    He is also on Reverbnation.

Meet the CR Cast: DUSTIN HIGDON

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.