Oct 31, 2006

Carmike 8 to show movie produced by Liberty students

by Mandi Corbett
How much are we actually willing to sacrifice for success? There seems to be quite a distinction between students who are simply pursuing degrees and those who are pursuing their dreams. Students Joel Guelzo and Colt Freeman forked out money from their own pockets and sacrificed a year of their lives outside of school to produce their first theatrical release, “From Above.”

In October of 2005, Guelzo began piecing together his script for the film. Freeman said, “I was actually quite amazed at what he had come up with. He took his vision, put it on paper and showed me how it would look in my mind’s eye.”

The storyline follows a children’s books author, who is writing a story about experiences a family he knew went through — a family in which the father abandoned his wife and daughter, leaving them to fend for themselves. The daughter’s faith is restored when she finds letters from God falling out of a tree.

Audience members will watch as the characters learn to cope with painful trials and will see how these experiences change and shape the dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship.

“We chose a cast that acts for the love of acting and not for the consequential glory,” Freeman said.
Strategically choosing cast members who are passionate about acting turned out to be a very beneficial move in the overall quality of the film. The emotions experienced by characters in the story could not have been accurately portrayed by just anyone. “That’s the biggest thing about a movie — you want to make the audience feel,” Freeman said.

Cast members Jon Kafoure, Katrina Hatcher and Joy Marshall are also involved with the Liberty Theatre Arts Department.

Freeman and Guelzo are now finishing post-production with the musical soundtrack for the film. Student Ashley Myers spent hours in the studio, recording violin for it. “I had to listen to the piano part and create a violin part by ear to go along with it,” she said.

Myers was challenged to create accomanying music to the original music created by worship major Sarah Easter and Mauresa Guelzo who is Joel Guelzo’s siser-in-law. “We had to record quite a few times to get the music how Colt wanted it,” she said, laughing. Myers aspires to create soundtracks for movies as a profession and was delighted to be a part of the “From Above” soundtrack.
“The movie is about the closeness and warmth of family,” said Myers. “I hope that people experience the emotion we are trying to convey through the film and realize that family is something they should never take for granted.”

Guelzo expressed his hopes for “From Above” in his web documentary. “It’s like one of those rare, valuable, little books that not very many people know about, but the few people (who) do know about it really treasure it. I hope this movie becomes something like that,” he said.

Tickets are $3 and are being sold in the Champion office Wednesday and Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The showing will be at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 at the Carmike 8.  To watch the movie trailer, visit www.thegirlandhermother.com. For further information, e-mail Freeman at producer@coltfree-man.com or Guelzo at joel@joelguelzo.com.

Contact Mandi Corbett at alcorbet@liberty.edu.
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