Posts Tagged ‘Film Festival’

 

Gravitas Q and A with Tracy Trost for “The Lamp”

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Last fall, Gravitas Ventures sat down with our very own award-winning director Tracy J Trost to ask him a few questions about The Lamp our inspirational family film about overcoming loss.

The film has been touching lives and has been rated by over 55,000 people on Netflix. The inspiring story also deals with adoption and foster care and stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel, Muse Watson and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr.

It has already won numerous awards at multiple festivals around the country including: Best Drama, Best Actress (Cameron ten Napel), and Best of Festival. You can buy the Special Edition DVD with the limited Louis Gossett Jr cover directly from us by clicking Buy Now. It is on sale for a limited time for only $9.99 or get the DVD, the novel written by bestselling author Jim Stovall (The Ultimate Gift), and the companion book Just Believe written by director Tracy J Trost for only $20 for a limited time here Buy Now.

Click the image to read the whole interview with Tracy in PDF form or click this link to read the interview on the Gravitas Ventures website: Spotlight on Tracy J Trost

The Lamp – Best Feature Nominee at IFFF

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Award-Winning Director Tracy J Trost and Bestselling Author Jim Stovall Awards Momentum Continues To Build The Lamp Nominated for Best Feature Drama

Tulsa, OK~ Trost Moving Pictures’ awards momentum continues to build! The Lamp was recently named Best Feature Drama at the Trail Dance Film Festival, a prestigious and sought-after honor by filmmakers. It received two more key awards for Best of Festival and Best Actor for Cameron ten Napel.

Right on the heels of the Trail Dance Film Festival wins, this critically-acclaimed film has been chosen as a nominee for Best Feature Drama by the International Family Film Festival committee. Two of the most promising duos in writing, directing, and producing, the teamwork between director Tracy J Trost and bestselling author Jim Stovall never disappoint their audiences. Trost and Stovall first captivated audiences with the multiple award winning film A Christmas Snow, released in 2010.

Trost believes his films go beyond their genre. “We live in a sight and sound generation. Many of our ideals and opinion are being formed by what we see on television and in the theaters. That is why it’s imperative for this generation of filmmakers to create excellent, entertaining, and inspiring content.  Every story has a message and every viewer is soaking in that message.  What message are we giving them?  In the case of The Lamp there is a message of hope.  Hope that no matter how bad things may seem in your life, there is a way out and a way to rebuild.” Director Tracy J Trost

Stovall has seen success in his bestselling books including The Ultimate Gift and his Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network.

“I am committed to family books and movies as they are the best channels to reach real people with enduring messages.  It’s wonderful to be engaged in an exciting industry that truly makes a difference.”  Jim Stovall, Author of The Lamp

The 17th annual International Family Film Festival will take place March 21-25 in Hollywood, California at Raleigh Studios. For more information visit www.iffilmfest.org

The Lamp is one of the 14 films nominated for Best Feature Drama.

About Trost Moving Pictures: TMP Studios is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. They have three award winning films including, Find Me, A Christmas Snow, which stars Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter), Muse Watson (Prison Break, NCIS), Anthony Tyler Quinn (No Greater Love, Boy Meets Girl), and Cameron ten Napel (Cool Dog, The Lamp), and The Lamp, which stars Jason London (Dazed and Confused), Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost), Sarah Brown (Days of Our Lives), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow), Muse Watson (NCIS), and Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and A Gentleman).

They are actively pursuing exciting projects in the entertainment industry, including their current stage adaption A Christmas Snow LIVE! in Branson, Missouri at the Starlite Theatre and their fourth feature film, Then and Now, based on the novel by bestselling author Jim Stovall.

For more information on director Tracy J Trost, Trost Moving Pictures/TMP Studios and projects visit:

www.TrostMovingPictures.com

www.AChristmasSnow.com

www.TheLampMovie.com

Media Contact: Rhonda Boudreaux

Publicist for Tracy J Trost

and Trost Moving Pictures

O – (913)-780-4035

Mobile- (510)- 367-5990

RhondaB@TrostMovingPictures.com

The Lamp Earns 3 Nominees

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Trost Moving Pictures & Tracy J Trost Feature Film

THE LAMP

Earns 3 Nominees Including Best Feature Drama,

Best Director & Best Actor

Tulsa, OK ~ Known as a leader in the world of independent filmmaking for his extraordinary cinematic storytelling, award winning director Tracy J Trost has been a visionary behind Trost Moving Pictures (TMP Studios). It is that vision that continues to garner accolades.  TMP Studios is proud to announce that Trost’s 2011 feature release, THE LAMP, has been nominated for Best Director and Best Feature Drama at the prestigious Trail Dance Film Festival. Also nominated for their acting performances in THE LAMP , are renowned Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and new comer Cameron ten Napel in the Best Actor category. This is Cameron’s first nomination and second film with TMP.

Tracy J Trost, Director of The Lamp said: “It is truly an honor for me to be recognized by the selection panel at Trail Dance.  I am proud of The Lamp and all of the recognition it has received by the public and those in the industry. Making quality films that are both entertaining and inspirational is what we are all about at TMP Studios.  My hope is that events like Trail Dance open up more doors for people to see The Lamp and our other films.”

Trost won multiple awards for A Christmas Snow, one of the most acclaimed and loved films of 2010, including Best Feature Drama, Best of Festival and Best Actor (Muse Watson) and in 2010 was recognized for his first feature, Find Me, honored with Best Feature Narrative.

2012’s winners will be unveiled at the Trail Dance Film Festival January 27-28. The 6th annual awards show will be held at the Jack A. Maurer Convention Center and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  For more information visit www.TrailDanceFilmFestival.com

About Trost Moving Pictures: TMP Studios is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. They have three award winning films including Find Me, A Christmas Snow which stars, Catherine Mary Stewart (The Last Starfighter), Muse Watson (Prison Break, NCIS), Anthony Tyler (No Greater Love, Boy Meets World) and Cameron ten Napel (Cool Dog, The Lamp), and The Lamp which stars, Jason London (Dazed & Confused), Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost), Sarah Brown (Days of Our Lives), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow), Muse Watson (NCIS), and Louis Gossett, Jr. (Officer and A Gentleman).

They are actively pursuing many exciting projects in the entertainment industry, including their current stage adaption A Christmas Snow LIVE! in Branson, MO at the Starlite Theatre and their fourth feature film Then and Now based on a novel by bestselling author Jim Stovall.

Contact:

Rhonda Boudreaux (Tracy J Trost - Publicist)

Office – (913) 780-4035

rhondab@trostmovingpictures.com

The Lamp Film Festivals

Friday, January 13th, 2012

With more than 44,000 ratings on Netflix (at the time of this post) with an average of 4 stars we are extremely thankful for the overwhelmingly positive response of our awesome fans and friends of The Lamp. Which means it’s time for us to put our film up against some other great films in a couple of festivals and see if it can come out with more awards than black eyes :-)

The first stop for our baby was the Kingdomwood Film Festival in Georgia last year where The Lamp took Best Drama and now we’re proud to say that it is an official selection of the Trail Dance Film Festival in Oklahoma and is nominated in 3 different categories. Those categories are:

• Best Drama

• Best Actor/Actress – Cameron ten Napel and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr

• Best Director

We’ve got our fingers crossed as we get ready to head to the festival on January 27th with the awards show on January 28th. Trail Dance is one of our favorite film festivals and we have to admit we covet the top notch Golden Drover awards that they give out. It’s a beautiful statue and is a testament to the awesome job that Anthony Foreman and the crew at Trail Dance do every year.

If you want to come out to Trail Dance head on over to their site here: Trail Dance Site and check out the nomination list, the screening schedule, and then get yourself a pass to see the movies. The awards show is free to the public and starts at 9pm on Saturday night January 28th, we would love to see you there!

After Trail Dance we have entered The Lamp into the AMC Theaters Kansas City Film Fest and we’ve got our fingers crossed to become an official selection. As soon as we know more on that front we’ll let you know on our Facebook page here: The Lamp on Facebook.

So that’s it, our little baby is growing up and we’re excited and hopeful it will do well, but not matter what happens the reviews and stories that we have heard from all of you is why we do what we do in the first place. We make great films for great people and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us in what we do. It’s really not possible without you!

Joe Jestus

PMD – TMP Studios • Facebook.com/iAmJoeJestus

2011 – Just Believe…

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What a year 2011 has been! We are so thankful to all of our friends and fans. If not for your support we couldn’t keep making family friendly inspirational movies, plays and more. Thank You!

The Lamp

The year started off with post production on our third feature film, The Lamp which we shot at the end of 2010 and stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. The Lamp is based on the novel by bestselling author Jim Stovall and we finished the film in the spring of 2011. After that, we held charitable screenings over the summer and fall and raised thousands of dollars for some great causes all around the country including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

The Lamp was released on iTunes, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video and others in the fall to great reviews. It then hit many stores nationwide in September and October and the positive reviews kept pouring in. We heard from people all over the country who were inspired by the message of “Just Believe…” and others who had lost a loved one and were touched positively with a hope for the future. We are so grateful to be able to make films that touch people like this in such a positive way and your support is what makes it all possible.

The Lamp finally was released on Netflix streaming in December and over 28,000 people have already rated it with an average of 4 stars, wow! As we go into 2012 we are so excited to be nominated for 3 different awards at the Trail Dance Film Festival in January and we are looking forward to more stores carrying the DVD throughout the year.

A Christmas Snow

It’s amazing to think that two years ago at this time we were in pre-production on A Christmas Snow and now two years later we have sold DVDs all over the world, had it broadcast all over the world and numerous times here in the states. What an amazing experience it has been for us with our second film that has now been blessing people for two Christmas seasons. Just as we have heard wonderful things about people being impacted by The Lamp the message of forgiveness in A Christmas Snow has had a similar effect on people as well. We are always so excited to hear about people who have let go of years of bitterness and reconciled with family and friends after seeing the film. That is success to us! Thank you for making that possible.

A Christmas Snow Live!

While just two years ago we were getting ready to film A Christmas Snow, it was just one year ago that we were thinking about turning the story into a live stage play with the same stars from the film and we did it! A Christmas Snow Live! was an incredible experience as the actors and writer/director Tracy J Trost brought the story to life on stage in a powerful new way. Thousands of people were touched by this heartwarming play and called it “life changing” and “a must see show for the entire family”. I know as I stood in the atrium after a performance I was moved to hear the audience talking about how the play touched them and seeing grown men brought to tears by this story is something I will never forget. Once again this is only possible through the tireless support of our friends and fans, thank you!

What’s Next?

While 2011 was truly an exciting and busy year, we are excited to get going on 2012. With so many possibilities and opportunities for us at TMP Studios we can’t wait to get started. Take a sneak peek at what we have coming up here: 2012 – Sneak Peek

Thank you once again for all your support and from all of us at TMP Studios, have a Happy New Year!

Joe Jestus – PMD TMP Studios

facebook.com/JoeJestus • twitter.com/JoeJestus

And the Nominees are…

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

TMP Studios and all those involved in The Lamp are pleased to announce that we have four nominations in three categories at the Trail Dance Film Festival coming up in January 2012.

The four nominations are:

• Best Feature Drama – The Lamp
• Best Actor – Cameron ten Napel
• Best Actor – Louis Gossett Jr
• Best Director – Tracy J Trost

We are so excited and thankful to everyone at Trail Dance, one of our favorite festivals in the country and we look forward to the festivities this January 27th-28th. See the whole list of nominations here: Nominees

Trail Dance is always full of great films and tough competition and we hope to add another Golden Drover to our collection. It is one of our most prized awards. If you want to take part in the festival visit their site here and get your tickets today: Trail Dance

The Lamp is the third feature film from TMP Studios and Writer/Director Tracy J Trost and the second with his partner bestselling author Jim Stovall. The film follows Stanley Walters (Jason London) who is suffering from the loss of his only child, and has secluded himself to a dark and lonely place. Sullen and without hope, he continues to hide from and neglect those he loves despite their attempts to reach out to him.

In what seems to be the final days of their already strained marriage, his wife Lisa (Meredith Salenger) is presented with a strange gift; an old oil lamp. Along with the lamp comes a mysterious messenger (Louis Gossett Jr) and a question that causes them to search the depths of their hearts for what’s truly important in life…

If you could have anything you wanted, what would YOU wish for?

The Lamp stars: Jason London (Man in the Moon, All Roads Lead Home), Meredith Salenger (Journey of Natty Gann, Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost), Sarah Brown (Days of our Lives), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow, Cool Dog) with Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison Break) and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr (An Officer and a Gentleman).

The Lamp is currently available in stores nationwide and on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix. To support TMP Studios directly you can shop for it at ShopTMPics.com

The Lamp: In The News

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

With the Make-A-Wish of Oklahoma charity screening of The Lamp fast approaching, bestselling author Jim Stovall and award-winning director Tracy J Trost sat down with two local TV stations to talk about the event.

Watch Tracy’s interview with Fox 23 here: Tracy J Trost on Fox

Watch Jim Stovall’s interview with the local ABC affiliate here: Jim Stovall on ABC

Be sure to get your tickets for the event at the Mabee Center here: The Lamp at the Mabee Center

“The Lamp” Wins Judge’s Choice Award

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/25/2011

The Lamp Starring Oscar Winner Louis Gossett Jr Wins Judge’s Choice Award at New Media Film Festival

(Tulsa, OK) – Bestselling author Jim Stovall (The Ultimate Gift) and award-winning director Tracy J Trost are pleased to announce that their new inspirational film The Lamp which stars Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. took home the coveted Judge’s Choice award at the 2011 New Media Film Festival this last weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

The full cast of The Lamp includes Jason London (Man in the Moon, Dazed and Confused), Meredith Salenger (The Journey of Natty Gann, Lake Placid), L Scott Caldwell (Lost, The Fugitive), Sarah Brown (Bold and the Beautiful, Big Momma’s House 2), Cameron ten Napel (A Christmas Snow, Cool Dog) with Muse Watson (NCIS, Prison Break) and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots).

The film follows Stanley Walters (Jason London) a father dealing with the loss of his son and a marriage on the brink of ruin. In what seems to be the last days of their marriage, Stanley and Lisa (Meredith Salenger) are presented with an old oil lamp. Along with the lamp comes a mysterious messenger (Louis Gossett Jr) who challenges them with a statement that causes them to search the depths of their hearts for its truth. All things are possible if you Just Believe.

In addition to winning the Judge’s Choice award, director Tracy J Trost took part in several directors’ panels and inspired up-and-coming filmmakers with his workshop entitled, “Follow Your Dreams Into Filmmaking” which contained key principles from his upcoming book, Just Believe.

About Trost Moving Pictures:

Trost Moving Pictures (TMP) is an independent film production company based in Tulsa, OK. Their first two films—Find Me and A Christmas Snow—have won numerous awards at film festivals around the country, including Best Feature and Best Actor. TMP is currently turning A Christmas Snow into a live stage play that will be in Branson, Missouri this November – December at the Starlite Theatre and stars the award winning cast from the movie. www.aChristmasSnowLive.com

Their third feature film, The Lamp based on the book by bestselling author Jim Stovall (The Ultimate Gift) is currently on iTunes and VOD around the country and will be in stores this fall. The Lamp stars Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel with Muse Watson and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. You can find out more information about TMP at: www.TrostMovingPictures.com

About Jim Stovall:

Jim Stovall is the author of 15 previous books including the best seller The Ultimate Gift which is now a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox, starring James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin.

He is among the most sought-after motivational and platform speakers anywhere. Despite failing eyesight and eventual blindness, Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, and an entrepreneur. He is the founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible for America’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families. NTN’s program guide and samples of its broadcast and cable network programming are available at www.NarrativeTV.com.

The Narrative Television Network has received an Emmy Award and an International Film and Video Award among its many industry honors.

Contact: Rhonda Boudreaux • Trost Moving Pictures Publicist

913-780-4035 • rhondab@trostmovingpictures.com

###

New Media Film Festival 2011 Recap

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The Lamp was up for the Judge’s Award at the New Media Film Festival last week and we’ve got exclusive pics and the results for you here. Director Tracy J Trost and I headed to Phoenix, AZ last weekend to represent The Lamp at the festival. In addition to a screening of The Lamp, Director Tracy J Trost was able to take part in a couple of director’s panels and conduct a workshop on “Following Your Dreams Into Filmmaking”.

Tracy had  a great time interacting with everyone at the festival and inspiring up and coming filmmakers to chase after their dreams and begin taking steps today to make it a reality. Some of the attendees were even able to purchase advance copies of The Lamp and Tracy’s companion book to the film Just Believe. In fact, in Tracy’s workshop he discussed one of the 10 principles of the message covered in his book Just Believe. Tracy talked about the principle of Self Discipline and how they could use it to make their dreams a reality.

If you can’t wait until Sept 20th to get your hands on a copy of Just Believe you can get an advance special edition copy from our online store today: www.ShopTMPics.com add Just Believe to your cart and use code BIRTHDAY for free shipping, it’s in honor of Tracy’s birthday next week!

- Joe Jestus PMD at TMP

P.S. – Check out some great pics from the event on our Flickr page here: New Media Film Fest

David Campbell – Set Production Supervisor

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Nail by nail, staple by staple, things are beginning to come together quite nicely. I spoke with our Set Production Supervisor today and I have some updates on how things are coming along.

Dave Campbell, our Set Production Supervisor, has a lot on his plate. He is busy making sure that the set pieces are built just right. There are so many specifications that must be met in order to make the logistics run correctly. He is estimating that when things are all said and done there will be over 20 different set pieces. Some will have to be flown in and out with a make-shift fly rig. He says the thing he is looking forward to the most is the challenge of storage. During scenes where there are only 2 or 3 set pieces on stage, all the rest of the 17 – 20 pieces are in the wings. The crew and actors will have have a fun time dancing around each other. He says the circus will be in full swing, but it will be a fun challenge.

Dave has had the privilege of working with Tracy and Jason to come up with, what to keep from the movie and what isn’t needed. There are a few surprises that he is very excited about, but doesn’t want to spoil the experience. So with 2 more weeks of building in Tulsa, they are hard at work. Dave and his team will head to Branson for the final fittings and melding of the minds to make ACS Live a reality!

- Erin Powell, Trost Moving Pictures

P.S. – Get your tickets for ACS Live! here today and kids can come free with a paid adult!!!