I got a ringside seat behind the scenes to watch this little movie grow up. I’ve known producers Bobby and Kevin Downes for years and watched them craft this Karen Kingsbury novel into a first-rate motion picture as an indie production. It has been well-received at film festivals and opens this weekend to the general public in selected cities around the U.S. and you can get all the details and watch a preview here.
My part was incredibly small, but I did have the chance to read and comment on various editions of the script and got to view and give my input to various versions through the editing process. We had some great times talking about what might make the story and its presentation more compelling. Though I’ve never read a Karen Kingsbury novel, I found the story in this movie very compelling. What do you do when the troubled birth parents want their child back after he had already been adopted out to a childless couple? This is every adoptive parents’ nightmare, and the story is told in the backdrop of dealing with how to trust God in the face of our fears and the temptation to resort to our own efforts to protect what we love most. It’s quite a dilemma and the story and the movie are well-crafted.
Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino has the lead along with Berry Pepper, and Kate Levering. This is a compelling story and one many of you might find of interest. I haven’t seen the final version, but I enjoyed how it was shaping up in the incredible process of filmmaking. The Downes brothers do a great job of avoiding the Christian cliches and plastic answers that make many faith-based films too one-dimensional and superficial for my liking. I think you will appreciate the craft here and the passion with which they tell this story.