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CHASING GRACE

Theatrical Premiere: Spring, 2015

Logline    :   Redemption never comes easy
Genre    :   Family Thriller, Faith-based, Family-friendly, Inspirational
By    :   Catalyst Pictures, LLC
Length    :   96 min.
Rating    :   PG-13

A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor's family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Based upon the Amazon hit, Discovering Grace, author David Temple weaves a dramatic tale in his first novel with this screenplay adaptation.

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A Family Thriller

Chasing Grace is a gritty, real and powerful film that pulls no punches, but still has a heart. It's a story that explores the redemptive power of forgiveness.

  • Solid and thought-provoking message
  • Exceptional acting by a cast of seasoned actors
  • Refreshing performances by a group of up-and-coming actors
  • Superb visuals crafted by professional crews, using the state-of-the-art RED Dragon cameras

//     This is one film you'll be thinking about long after the screen fades to black.

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Michael Joiner plays Jonathan Matheson, a man who loves his family and church more than anything. But when a tragedy strikes, he learns that life isn't always black & white and sometimes the "grey in-between" can be a dangerous place to exist.

Our Actors

Our Crew

Written, Produced & Directed by

David Temple is our Director, Writer & Executive Producer, and one of the leads for Chasing Grace. David adapted the screenplay from his novel, Discovering Grace, a story about the redemptive power of forgiveness. He believes that while it’s a challenge for us to forgive, it's mandatory in order to evolve. David's been in broadcasting since he was 15, with a "first career" hosting Morning Radio shows of every kind, in the top US cities for nearly 25 years. Now, as an author and filmmaker, Temple puts his craft of storytelling to work for books, screenplays, graphic novels and blogs. With an award-winning feature and two shorts under his belt, Temple takes on a story close to home in his first "commercial" independent feature.

Original Music by

Kim Planert is a German Composer for Film & TV in Los Angeles, where he scored ABC's drama series MISSING, alongside Robert Duncan, and wrote music for the productions: CASTLE, THE UNIT, LIE TO ME, THE CHICAGO CODE and INTO THE BLUE 2. He has collaborated with several legendary music producers and musicians including Capercallie, Secret Garden, John McLaughlin (Five), Craig Armstrong, BBC SSO and the Scottish Ensemble. Kim studied under veteran composers such as Emmy-award winner Hummie Mann, David McHugh (Mystic Pizza), Sir Prof. Clive Pascoe (student of Leonard Bernstein) and Jack Smaley (Charlie's Angels and The Last of the Mohicans).

Sound Department

Chris M. Parker: Sound Mixer. Chris is known for his work on the TV Series, Greetings from Prison, and the films Bluegrass Run, Chasing Grace, High on the Hog, In Between Engagements, Killing Poe, Swan Song, to name a few.
Kyle Akins: Boom Operator.

Camera & Electrical Department

Chris Walling, Camera Operator
Francis Edward: First Assistant Camera & DIT
James Petersen: Key Grip
Robert Patrick Stern: Camera Operator
David Svenson: Steadi-Cam Operator
Brian Dailey: Best Boy Electric
Joel McGinty: Gaffer
Taylor Mason: Grip

Cinematography by

Brandon Riley is our Director of Photography. Brandon scored his first national television placement in May 2010 on MTV for rapper Freddie Gibbs and has 16 more music videos shown nationally. Brandon has worked with hip-hop artists: Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Jim Jones, Twista, Lloyd, Day 26, and Gospel Artists: J Moss and Patrick Dopson. He's worked with Oprah Winfrey, Wanda Sykes, Steve Coogan, Blair Underwood, Joan Baez, Common, SNL's Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney and many more. Riley's work has been featured on CNN, BBC, OWN, MTV, MTV2, BET, MTV Jams, Vh1 Soul, A&E, PBS, Food Network, and France 3. His most recent work was for the Robert Redford Produced "Chicagoland."

Production & Costume Design

Sarah Sharp: Production Designer, MUA/Hair Designer & licensed cosmetologist, has been working in the film/fashion industry for years. Her company, MU Your World, has been recognized with awards from both Cannes and South-by-Southwest Film festivals.

Art Direction & Wardrobe

Amanda Eastman provided Art Direction, as well as supervised the Costume & Wardrobe departments alongside Sarah Sharp. Amanda is known for: Day 1 & Chop Shop (2015).

Production Management

Seth Savoy, Unit Production Manager.
Angelique Chase, 1st AD.
Taylor Mason, 2nd AD.

Producing Team

David Temple: Executive Producer
Brandon Riley: Producer
Demetrius Navarro: Producer
Michael Joiner: Producer
Trey Ore: Producer
Kim Planert: Producer
Suzie Jebo: Associate Producer

Editorial Department

Matt Pavlo known for: "Of Sentimental Value" & "American Justice."

Casting by

Tara Lynn Marcelle is known for casting, as well as for acting & writing in the films: My Name Is Paul (2013), Bennie (2014) & Virtuous (2014).
Mitzi Corrigan plays dual roles in Chasing Grace; as actress, playing Angela's mother, Daphne, and for Casting. Mitzi's casting resume includes: The Taking of Deborah Logan, The Ultimate Life, Destiny Road, Cabin Fever 1 & 2, The Last Passport, Cold Storage and Ashby (2015), to name a few.

Makeup Department

Angie Cottone performed the work of two people, working as Makeup and Hair designer for the entire cast of Chasing Grace. Angie is known for her work in the following TV Series: Partners, A Passing Through, Gunshots, Julie, and Loss of Innocence, and the film, Twinge (2015).

Special Thanks To:

Daniel White for his supremely impressive talents scoring our Teaser Trailer, William Hollingsed & The Waynesville Police Department, Bryan Whitner & The Canton Police Department, John Daniels & First Baptist Church of Waynesville, Seth Hendler-Ross & The Town of Canton, Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn, Richard & Kay Miller, The Classic Wine-seller, Waynesville Chevrolet-Buick, Chris Hartley & Cody Jones at Pitts’ Towing, Travis Collins & Mark Sheppard at Canton Middle School, Tammy Moseley at John Laughter Jewelry, Park Ridge Hospital, Hendersonville, Ken Howle, Lake Junaluska, Sunny McCallum Indigo Salon, The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, DeeAnna Haney & Brittany Champion, The Mountaineer Newspaper, The Herron House B&B, Oak Hill on Love Lane, Apollo Flame Bistro, Los Amigos Restaurante, Panacea Coffee Company, City Bakery, Bogart's Restaurant and Tavern, The Patio Bistro, Frankie's Trattoria, The Market Place Restaurant, Tomi & Earl Abbott, Quiet No More Ministries, Neal Fischer, Kirsten Cutler, Wanda Brooks, LandCrazy.com, Palmetto Mortuary, Barbara Childers, Brian Beck, Colleen Desmond, Toby Johnson, Kathleen New, Josh Horner, Faith Fisher, Anita Inman at First Citizens Bank, Jon Coward at Spiral Cities Marketing, Amy McIntire at CityGirlsSoap.com, Ken Magas at Ken Magas Design, Tracie Horner at The Patio Bistro, William Bray at Bray & Long, Walker Service, Inc., Nancy Misenheimer, Warren Marcus, Rachel Ramoutar and David Maiorana, SAG/AFTRA

Additional Crew

Suzie Jebo: Food & Craft Services
Jackie Cure: Locations & Housing
Colleen Desmond: Production Assistant
Roger Mason: Production Assistant
Taylor Mason: Production Assistant

Our Extras

Becky Seymour, our "Featured Extra," Micaela Ore, Sarah Faith, Donald Horner, Rita Marley-McKenzie, Makani McKenzie, John & Izzy and Isabella Antiniori, Kristie North, Jared & Jeffrey Staley, Ava Hamilton, Karen Owens, Duane & Sharon Stanford, Savannah Lindsay, Leslie & Sarah Leahy, Hannah & Patricia & Shirley Fairchild, Jensyn Gunnon, Donna Davis, Donald & Brooklyn & Savannah and Sydney Horner, Madison Garris, Jacob Owen Hunt, Tommy Lee Rogers, Mikayla Allen, Angie & Spencer Cook, Alyeska Dronsfield, Kimberly Hester Huffstetler, Jenna Huffstetler, Jimmy Manning, Julia Wilkinson, Jonathan & Sandra & Makenna and Paiten Iselin, Sarah Parish, Emily Hannum, Faith Fisher, Dauoda Fofana, Selah Hamilton, Jade & Song Sayvong Bui, Daniela Torres, Chandra & Pierce Pope, Sabrina & Kahe and Katie Layman, Cameron & Mike and Gale Greene, Lukas Brown, Gloria & Carissa Heffner, Carissa & Pierce Mejias, Hepsy Patrick and Haven Danae Owens…to name just a few! (if we forgot anyone, please forgive us then let us know!?

Our Mega Special Thanks To:

Ken & Pat Dopyera and Suzie Jebo, Jim & Bev Conde, Jamal AIRoumi, David & Julie Svenson, Barbara M. Temple, Jackie Cure and Amy Dawidowicz.

What People Are Saying...

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"The anointing of Almighty God is on "Chasing Grace." The story is so well-constructed, directed and acted that, more than an observer, I became a participant. Among only a handful of people at a special rough-cut screening, I wept, laughed and clapped with abandon. After the lights came up, I told the director, David Temple, "You've made God approachable and shown His heart of love for His children without preaching!" -Barbara Brown, Author & "A Walking Miracle"

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"Chasing Grace" is a title that is intriguing on it's own, so I jumped at the invitation to screen a rough cut of the film with only three other people. The acting is superb to the point where I forgot about the actors and became enmeshed in the characters and story within a few seconds. Even without music, I went on a ride (unpredictable, tense, sad, troubling, and freeing) that I wanted to continue long after the end. Where do these people go from here? What happens next? Congratulations to writer, director, producer, and supporting actor, David Temple, for creating Chasing Grace, a story that is satisfying on its own, but begs for more!" Dr. Tom Taylor, Author & Wellness Expert

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"I was blown away by the story of this family that had me immediately hooked me emotionally. I felt instantly connected to the characters. The foundation of the plot, "redemption & forgiveness" is what we really need to educate ourselves into practice today and it all starts with family. Forgiveness is about letting go, moving on and knowing it's all okay. Director, David Temple, demonstrates a beautiful example of the challenges families face when experiencing the complexity of forgiveness. I'm grateful to witness this message in a time when the world really needs this teaching." -Amy Dawidowicz, The Spiritual Entrepreneur

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"It reaches down right into your very soul. In considering the Prodigal Son from God's Word, it again shows how efficient He is. I pray that David's work unleashes a movement of forgiveness and grace that this world has never seen." -Claudia Gabrielle

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"The characters are real and the cinematography is perfect. To watch growth unfold touches deep within. The ministering that David has received from God will be infused through his work in a powerful way." -Laura Michael, Kingdom Communications

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"The book, "Discovering Grace" is a story with heart and a lot of depth, and I think people are going to be talking about this film adaptation for years to come." -Ralph Henderson, HRH Enterprises, Inc.

Topics that Chasing Grace discusses

  • Forgiveness
    100%
  • Redemption
    100%
  • Family
    96%
  • Vices
    77%
"This is a genuine dream come true for me. When I wrote the book, Discovering Grace, nearly 5 years ago, I knew I wanted to make it into a movie. And here it is. People ask me where it came from. Well, I was raised a 'PK' (preacher's kid) and my father lived in a world of black & white, with no use for the grey. However, I always imagined a story where a "man of the cloth," while living in a world of black & white, would use the 'grey in-between' to his advantage, as needed. As for my crew; from my DP to my last PA, I love them all. Everyone bought my dream, worked their butts off and gave me their best work. I couldn't be happier."
"This business tends to make people jaded. Creativity often turns into a job and we forget how lucky we are to be able to tell stories for a living. The experience of making Chasing Grace with David was different than anything I've done before. The film is so much better than it has a right to be. The people involved gave more than we asked of them. My hope is that the audience will feel the effort given for this story to live and breathe. I'm not naive or arrogant enough to think this movie will change the world, but I feel it could change a few lives."
"Chasing Grace, for me, was literally a dream come true that touched every aspect of the filmmaking process that I've come to love. The cast, like Ashlee Payne, who played my wife, the actors who played my kids, the crew, and the director, David Temple; all were just a pure pleasure to work with. David is the best director I've worked with and I'm so grateful that he reached out and took a chance on me for this leading role. Everything seemed to be absolutely hand-picked by God. Oh, and did I mention my character and the story itself? I loved it all. Every actor has their 'dream role' and for me, it was hands down, Chasing Grace!"
"After reading the script, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of producing this story. Being a part of the process has been a true testament of how this story will change lives. From seeing the first auditions to the final selected cast, each actor loved the role they were selected to portray and became that character on film. The crew was a dedicated team with one focus to tell this great story. I was blessed to be a part of the team and look forward to seeing not just the film, but the impact it has on audiences. Chasing Grace is that kind of film. Allow the characters of this film to grab you in a way that truly hits home."
Some Highlights of Chasing Grace

GREAT ACTING TALENT

Our cast includes: Michael Joiner (The Grace Card), Rusty Martin (Courageous), Ashlee Payne (Resurrection), Abigail Cornell (Twilight) & David Temple (The Confession).

MADE IN AMERICA

Our Cast & Crew come from: Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville & Waynesville, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO and Atlanta, GA.

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