Rating from MPAA/CARA

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) studied Christmas Ride and rated it PG, standing for Parental Guidance suggested.  More about this association may be found at .

The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) explains the motion picture industry ratings at their website and   They maintain a searchable database and Twitter feed announcing the ratings of all films processed to help parents make wise viewing decisions about movies for their children.

Kati Walden as Nicole in CR

Kati Walden as Nicole in CHRISTMAS RIDE

In the ladder of ratings, PG is quite mild, only one step up from  G (for general audiences) in the scale.   After that the rungs of the ladder are PG-13, R, NC-17 indicating higher quantity of adult content less likely to be appropriate for teens or children.

Keri travels with children Josh and April and neighbor Kevin at Christmastime.

Keri travels with children Josh and April and neighbor Kevin in CHRISTMAS RIDE movie.

CHRISTMAS RIDE qualifies as Eligible for Academy Awards Best Picture.

Brittney Ham and H. T. Alman co-star in Christmas Ride.



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.
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:

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


Producer, screenwriter: Christmas Ride
More info on

Special for Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you great Dads out there. Here is a heartfelt song co-written by Lee Kweller and Terry Bell and sung by Terry. Hope you enjoy it. It’s one of the songs in the new movie Christmas Ride, which is looking for theatrical distribution.




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

More photos from Filming CHRISTMAS RIDE

More photos from Filming CHRISTMAS RIDE

Katie Walden portrays Nicole in Christmas Ride.

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