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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.  

DOVE FOUNDATION APPROVES CHRISTMAS RIDE FILM

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

http://api.dove.org/reviewpopup.asp?Unique_ID=10782

 

The Dove Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and may be found online at http://www.dove.org.

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 http://www.artprofilms.com A one minute film TRAILER  is at    http://youtu.be/Av3E6UQSwqg .   See more pictures and LIKE it at www.facebook.com/ChristmasRide  for updates.

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CHRISTMAS RIDE Opens Week Run in Beverly Hills Friday Sept 19

Christmas Ride is beginning its First Theatrical Run this Friday in Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 at 9036 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, California. Hope you will see the movie if you are in the area and let your Los Angeles friends know about it too!I think this family friendly movie will entertain you. The movie includes ghosts and angels, miracles and madness, tragedies and truths, and is set in the early nineties, before personal cell phones and the internet became ubiquitous.

It will be screening four times a day from September 19 – 25 at 1:20, 4:10, 7:00 and 9:45 PM.

It’s the story of an artist, by an artist, on an urgent road trip with her children and a mysterious neighbor.

I’m going to be at the Q & A’s for the 7PM shows 19 and 20th. Also, cast member Russell Walden plans to attend as well.
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Click here for  ticket info There are special rates for groups of ten or more at the box office.  Also, teens ages 14 – 18 get tickets for $5.00 for CHRISTMAS RIDE only. 

More about it in this recent press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Christmas_Ride/LA_New_Movie_Debut/prweb12161402.htm

Christmas Ride is an Art Promotions LLC film produced in cooperation with Yarbrough Media Productions.
Karen Francis
Art Promotions, owner & artist

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Producer, screenwriter: Christmas Ride
More info on www.artprofilms.com
www.facebook.com/ChristmasRide

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,

 

 

 

If U Like Hot Air Balloons, This Post is 4 U

http://youtu.be/ozCpwaWthIY :45 sec spot about CHRISTMAS RIDE, a new dramatic family film. Footage in this spot shot in hot air balloons (via Video Blocks), music by Michael Chapman The Woodpiles, “A Strangers Map of Texas” We are seeking acquisition, distribution or an independent movie theater to book our new film. More info at http://www.artprofilms.com
Also, see this Slideshow webpage at http://kfrancis427.wix.com/slideshowcr Our News page and Movie Theater Show list is only in development on that link.

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 CR Cast: JEFF YARBROUGH

Meet the CR Cast: JEFF YARBROUGH.