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Friday, April 10, 2009

Teenage Homeshoolers' Award-winning Anti-tax Film Gets Theatrical Release

FILM: Teenage Homeshoolers' Award-winning Anti-tax Film Gets Theatrical Release

MEDIA ADVISORY, April 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- On April 13, 19-year-old director John Moore's independent film, "The Widow's Might" will open in 94 U.S. cities across the Midwest and South as part of Carmike Cinemas and Dalton Pictures' Independent Film Series.

"The Widow's Might", is a feature length musical comedy produced by nineteen-year-old John Moore and his best friend David Heustis, and is the film that won the largest cash prize in the country, 101,000 dollars, at this year's San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

"The Widow's Might" is the story of two aspiring filmmakers with the dream of winning a national film festival. When an elderly widow faces losing her home due to escalating property taxes, the filmmakers take action, along with their friends. Through political smears and on-set mishaps, the filmmakers face challenge after challenge.

Geoff Botkin, veteran film producer and film festival judge, marked "The Widow's Might" as a milestone in Christian filmmaking. "'Widow's Might' is a groundbreaking film, even though it is a first feature film from a teenaged director. It is one of the most original high-concept features in recent film history. The story is innovative in ways that can inspire the next generation of filmmakers, many of whom are looking for ways to break out of tired cinematic cliches." Botkin also added, "This film attempted and achieved a wholesome family message, illustrating the difficult-to-capture functional family environment..."

"At eighteen and nineteen years old, maybe we were a little overambitious," commented Moore. "To write, direct, act, produce, and even sing in our first feature film, shot on an experimental camera, seems completely crazy." Although highly ambitious, the film has received positive attention around the nation, including the Best of Festival and Audience Choice awards at the SAICFF, competing against other acclaimed Christian films including 'Fireproof'.

On April 13th, the teens will release their film in Carmike Cinemas as part of Dalton Pictures and Entertainment Company's Independent Film Series. "We had no idea we were working on a theatrical release," said Moreland, executive producer of the film, "we were just a few families that go to church together, pitching in to help bring these kids' vision to the screen."

Theatrical locations and times are listed at the film website,

For more information, or to schedule an interview with John Moore, please call 214-934-6850 or e-mail