Surprising Talents of CHRISTMAS RIDE Cast: Ice Skating

New talents emerged at Mid South Ice House in Olive Branch, Mississippi during the filming of an ice skating scene in CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new PG rated feature film.

Intrepid camera footwork of Jeff Yarbrough was captured as he filmed Brittney Ham, Reagan Britt Mullins, and Russell Walden skating at the Mid South Ice House for the new movie CHRISTMAS RIDE in this Behind the Scene clip.
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The film is awaiting cinema bookings for wider theatrical release.  DCP  available.


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.




The interview this week is with Cast member JEFF YARBROUGH, who plays the role of Richard and also handled many other responsibilities for the production of CHRISTMAS RIDE. 

  • What locations did you enjoy filming in and what was unique about that place?   I had several favorites…One was the Old Town Square Store….where Kevin Williamson (played by HT Altman) purchases a gift for his daughter.  It was such a gorgeous set. There is a picture on Facebook that shows how beautifully it was decorated for Christmas.  

Another favorite was Karl Collins’ City Service Station.  The favorite part there was the fight for the gun where Bad guy Jesse (played by Paul Byrd) and Kevin are both on the ground and they both see the gun, then look at each other, then scramble for the gun.  The camera was right on the ground and I thought it was an interesting scene.  I also loved the “TANK” and “AIRPLANE” scenes.

  • What technical aspects of the filming were new to you?   One was operating this camera.  Almost all of the footage was filmed on my Nikon D5100 DSLR with a kit lens that I literally pulled out of the box and started shooting.  Another challenge I faced was the myriad of night scenes that demanded a certain level of light…areas that I hadn’t previously explored.  You can always darken, but it’s much harder to brighten an already dark scene!
  • What kind of work do you do when you aren’t filming?  I own 2 transmission shops, one in Covington and one in Dyersburg…Certified Transmissions.  
  • What concerns do you face in your life that makes acting in films a challenge?   Well, I love my wife and family of 7 sweet children, and also am very busy on many fronts…I play music with several local groups, I am playing the lead role of a comedy called PINK SLIPS, a T J Cates Production, also the lead role in Gerry Glenn Jones’s feature called THE HAUNTING OF ESTATE ESTREMITA, a thriller/mystery set to shoot late spring.  I have also been selected to play a record producer in the new John Russell film PATSY, set to film early summer. 

My children and I also have a fledgling production company called Yarbrough Media Productions and, with 2 completed music videos under our belt, we have 3 more, for different artists slated for this spring.  Here are the links to our first 2 music videos:
Featuring Kyle Thurman,…Here is MY Devotion   and Yancy & Yancy…The Devil Is Whipping His Wife…

  • What stands out in your mind about some of the other actors in the film?  Everyone  involved, whether seasoned pros, or newbies, acted very professionally and were good at doing exactly what was asked of them.  It was a pleasure to work with veteran actor HT Altman, from Minneapolis.  He brought a wealth of information on how other productions have done certain things.  The rest were mainly “locals” and I am proud of how everyone pitched in and did a good job.

Jeff Yarbrough captivates in the role of RICHARD in CHRISTMAS RIDE.


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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