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Jim Stovall

Jim Stovall is president of the Narrative Television Network, making television accessible to our nation's 13 million blind and visually impaired people. The President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also International Humanitarian of the Year. His best-selling book The Ultimate Gift was made into a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin.
Peter Fonda in inspirational film 'Ultimate Life' hitting theaters this fall

Peter Fonda in inspirational film 'Ultimate Life' hitting theaters this fall

(April 8, 2013)

Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) -- Reelworks Studios CEO Rick Eldridge announced that principal photography has wrapped on The Ultimate Life. Golden Globe winner Peter Fonda (Ulee’s Gold), Logan Bartholemew (Love’s Enduring Promise) and David Mann (Meet The Browns) join original cast members Bills Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Alli Hillis in this sequel based on the best-selling books by Jim Stovall.

Michael Landon, Jr. (Saving Sarah Cain, Loves Comes Softly), directed the shoot in and around the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. The film was produced by Executive Producer Rick Eldridge (The Ultimate Gift, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius) and Producer David Kappes (Jaws 3-D). The screenplay was developed by Brian Bird (Touched By An Angel), Cheryl McKay (The Ultimate Gift), with Lisa G. Shillingburg.

The Ultimate Life will be distributed nationally in theaters September 2013. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment secured home entertainment distribution rights and has sold 2 million units of the first film The Ultimate Gift.

According to Eldridge, “The Ultimate Life is an emotional, endearing family film and an instant classic that will be embraced by audiences who loved the first film, while attracting new viewers to the story. There is huge multi-generational appeal since the film is both a sequel and a prequel.”

Multiple generations of talent combine to tell the story of Red from a young boy in the 1940s through an older man over the years, including stand-out Drew Waters (Friday Night Lights), who plays young adult Red. Waters credits director Landon with creating a special dynamic on-set. “My approach to acting is to wrap an emotional and physical structure around my character that I can relate to...Michael is a director who helps that happen and as a result captures unique, emotional and authentic performances.”

Building on the successful 2007 theatrical release The Ultimate Gift in which Jason Stevens (Bartholomew) inherits a two billion dollar trust from his grandfather, Red (James Garner), The Ultimate Life begins three years after Jason receives the gift. We discover the ensuing years have been challenging for Jason and his girlfriend Alexia. When his extended family files suit against him, Jason is left reeling until his lawyer and confidant Hamilton, shares Red’s journal with Jason. Reading the journal takes Jason (and moviegoers) back into Red’s younger days where he meets lifelong friends and discovers the origins of the gifts that would mark Red’s life. Spanning across generations and time, the question now is: Is it too late for those lessons to help Jason?

Video: Local news story about the film's production in Winston-Salem




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