LAWRENCEVILLE - A feature film written, directed and produced by Gwinnett natives has been picked up for distribution.
Cloud Ten Pictures Inc. has acquired distribution rights to "Dangerous Calling," which was written and directed by Gwinnett natives Josh and Jeremiah Daws and produced by Lawrenceville resident Nathan McGill and Vincent Vittorio, owners of Life Is My Movie Entertainment, which is based in Lawrenceville.
Cloud Ten is the Christian production and distribution house behind the "Left Behind" film series. "Dangerous Calling" is Cloud Ten's first foray into the suspense genre.
"We have been actively pushing Cloud Ten's reach beyond 'end-times' films and we really wanted something different and provocative and entertaining," said André van Heerden, CEO of Cloud Ten. "'Dangerous Calling' delivers in a big way and is genuinely 'watch-through-your-fingers' scary in a number of spots."
The movie, which follows Pastor Evan Burke and his wife, Nora, as they assume leadership of a small town church where one of the members may not be as righteous she seems, was filmed at locations throughout north Georgia.
"This is a big deal for us at Life is My Movie Entertainment," McGill said. "It's kinda tough to make movies in Gwinnett County. As good of a job as the Georgia Film Commission does of bringing in big films with tax incentives, they really aren't much help to the independents. We're always trying to prove ourselves."
Cloud Ten plans to release "Dangerous Calling" through its Church Cinema program for a Halloween weekend "Fright Night" event for youth groups before releasing the film on DVD. "Dangerous Calling" will be distributed domestically on DVD to the secular and Christian markets through E1 Entertainment and to all other markets directly by Cloud Ten Pictures.
"A distribution deal is more than the icing on the cake," McGill said. "It's pretty much the cake. It's what lets the other companies know that you are for real and that you're serious about making films."
"Dangerous Calling" premiered at the Rome International Film Festival this past September, where the movie won Audience Choice Award for Best Feature.
"A lot of people are expecting the typical cheesy Christian film that kind of beats you over the head with the message," Josh Daws said. "(But) it's a fun thrill ride that just happens to take place in a church."