Posts Tagged ‘Joe Jestus’


Story of Hope

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Learning to cope with loss is not an easy task. Listen and watch the actors and actresses from The Lamp give insight into how this movie can help you find hope in the middle of darkness.  Click here for Story of Hope and use code TMPSUCCESS (all caps). It is a true heart to heart from the cast of The Lamp. The heartbeat that flows through the movie also flows through Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel, Muse Watson, and Louis Gossett Jr discuss filming in Oklahoma with Director Tracy J Trost and the Trost Moving Pictures crew. Listen and watch as they express their thoughts about The Lamp. It helps us ay Trost Moving Pictures realize again and again why we do what we do. Hopefully it will give you a little nudge of hope as well.

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

Filming in Oklahoma

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

What is it like filming in Oklahoma for Hollywood Stars? Wouldn’t you like to know. Well now you can! Yep, that sounds like a TV infomercial, but seriously you can. Click here Filming in Oklahoma and use code TMPSUCCESS (all caps) to hear Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel, Muse Watson, and Louis Gossett Jr discuss filming in Oklahoma with Director Tracy J Trost and the Trost Moving Pictures crew.

- Joe Jestus, PMD at TMP

“The Lamp” Wins Judge’s Choice Award

Thursday, August 25th, 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.

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:

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

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

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Happy Birthday Tracy!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Tracy J TrostNext Wednesday is Director Tracy J Trost’s birthday and his birthday list is pretty short. All that he wants, is to hear from you! As many of you know: Making movies is what we do, but making a difference is what we love! One of the things that Tracy loves the most is the stories of how our movies affected you and right now your stories could help others experience the power of The Lamp’s message too. So for Tracy’s birthday I’m trying to get as many people as possible to rate and review The Lamp on some of the top places where people will find it now and through the rest of the year.

If you could take a minute to click the links below, rate, and review The Lamp that would make for a great birthday gift for Tracy. Thanks so much and I look forward to reading your reviews too :-)


Amazon DVD:

Walmart DVD:


Thanks so much and to thank you for your help Tracy wants to give you the opportunity to get a special edition version of The Lamp DVD and his book Just Believe before it hits stores in Sept. So if you visit today and use code BIRTHDAY when you check out and you’ll get free shipping on your order PLUS we’ll give 25% to a charity of your choice at checkout. Now that’s a good birthday present so visit: and use code BIRTHDAY today!

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: 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

Is The Lamp in Your Queue?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Lamp is officially listed on Netflix and you can rate and review it there as well as add it to your DVD Queue if you have one. In fact we could really use your help.

Netflix partly bases their order on how many people add the film into their DVD Queue, so if you want to make sure you and your friends aren’t having to wait for a few DVDs to make their rounds to all of the Netflix customers that want a copy of The Lamp, then please add it to your Queue today!

While you’re there, we would love it if you would give us great rating and review too! That way others will know why they should add the film to their Queue and make The Lamp their next family night or date night movie choice. Thanks so much for being a part of The Lamp team and letting others know about this inspirational family film.

Remember, visit Netflix right now and add The Lamp to your Queue and click the rating button under the image while you are there. Thanks again!

- Joe Jestus, PMD at TMP

Oh I almost forgot, here are some FAQs that might help you add, rate, review, and share too:

I searched “The Lamp” and I can’t find it?

Please use this link: or if you need to search on a non computer based system please search “Lamp” as it is currently named without “the”.

It says unavailable, what can I do?

More than likely you have a “Streaming Only” account with Netflix and right now it’s only available to add to a DVD Queue. But you can still help! Please rate and review it and tell all your friends to add it to their Queue. This will help us make it available on your streaming account sooner as well.

I don’t have Netflix, can I still help?

Yes you can! You can rate and review it on iTunes here: or on Amazon as a VOD here: or as a DVD here: or on Walmart as a VOD here: or a DVD here:

The Lamp – How can YOU see it?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Last week we told you about the VOD launch and you’ve heard of Light of The Lamp… wait, what? You haven’t?!?!

Well what’s going on here? Hopefully you did hear about The Lamp VOD launch last week on services like iTunes, Amazon Instant, and many satellite and cable providers as well. You can now rent and in some cases buy a digital copy of our new inspirational family film The Lamp on these services. If you would be so kind, we will spend 15 minutes thinking happy thoughts about you if you head over to those services and rate and review the film as well. Especially iTunes and Amazon.

Now let’s  get to curing this absence of know-how about the Light of The Lamp Charity Screening program that seems to be affecting too many of our INsiders. If you click this link: you can learn all about our charity screening program that over 160 people have signed up to be a part of. In fact we have had or have scheduled almost 40 events so far. If you have a favorite charity you want to support with this program you need to sign up to become an event host. Or perhaps you just like to watch and maybe you want to help support a great charity that way… well now you can! Just click on Find a Screening and look for one in your area. It is and will always be the best deal to get The Lamp DVD, The Lamp novel, and Just Believe companion book all while supporting a great cause. With $25 going to the charity that means you are getting two tickets to the event and all three products for the other $25 – that’s more than 50% off and yes we are crazy – crazy about helping out great causes and making a difference!

So there we go, now you know about The Lamp VOD and the Light of The Lamp Charity Screening Program all in one article! This is the superhero of articles. In fact, I think I just might tag it that way, carry on citizens, carry on.

- Joe Jestus, PMD at TMP

ACS Live! Let the Building Begin

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Hey Insiders! It’s been a while, it feels great to be back.  I was talking with our Producer, Jason Stafford about the timing of the set building for ACS Live!. Turns out, they moved into a space this week and are working on the beginning stages of the set. With all this construction, it’s hard to keep everything straight. The scenes are sketched out, it’s just time to make those drawings a reality. We have very talented guys working hard to make sure all the details are paid attention to, and all of the scenes look just right.
So many things going on at TMP, we’re bursting at the seams! But that’s ok with us! It gives us more opportunities to reach people and get our movies and projects out there. Be prepared for so much more news in the future. Want to see an exclusive pic of the building process? Click here to sign up for our INsider and view the August 4th Edition.

- Erin Powell, Trost Moving Pictures

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2010 A Year in Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Tyler Roberds (Paul Jump) and Fiawna Forte (Jess Reagan) looking for a clue in our film FIND ME

What a Difference a Year Makes -

It’s amazing to look back as we come to the close of 2010. Just 12 short months ago our first feature film (and only one at that time) FIND ME was just beginning to show up sporadically in faith based bookstores around the country. We had shot it in November of 2008 in just 9 days and on a shoestring budget, it was an incredible experience and with it’s success at film festivals around the country it has proven to be a great first film for us.

The lovable Cameron ten Napel (Lucy) and Muse Watson (Sam) on the set of "A Christmas Snow"

A Christmas Snow -

This time last year we were also in the middle of casting for our second feature film, A Christmas Snow which was going to be shot in February of 2010. We had conducted an online casting call and found many great talents, in fact the part of Claude (Rich Swingle) was cast through our online casting call, and he has proved to be a great benefit in getting the word out about the film. We were also honored to have Muse Watson (NCIS), Catherine Mary Stewart (Weekend at Bernie’s), Anthony Tyler Quinn (Boy Meets World), and Cameron ten Napel (Barney and Friends) join the picture as well.

We had 18 days to shoot A Christmas Snow and although the budget was much bigger for us, in terms of Hollywood films and other Indie features we were still shooting with a micro budget. The cast and crew were great and the film has performed well at festivals and has enjoyed exposure at more than 200 screenings around the country, as well as both national and international TV airings. Our distributor, Destiny Image Films helped make it one of the best selling Christmas movies at numerous national chains. It was exciting to hear from our more than 5,000 fans on facebook that A Christmas Snow had become their new Christmas tradition and we are eternally grateful for that as well as the numerous emails and messages we have received from those whose lives have been forever changed from this powerful story of forgiveness and reconciliation. That is always our true measure of success.

The A Christmas Snow project also market award winning writer/director Tracy J Trost’s first foray into the world of authorship with his first book Restored – 11 Gifts for a Complete Life and it’s written as Sam’s Journal and follows him from a year before the star of A Christmas Snow all the way through the film. If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll want to head to your nearest bookstore and ask for it. Those who have read it after watching the film have become huge fans.

We also released a Soundtrack that contained songs from the film, songs inspired by the film, and remixed Christmas classics. Produced by Bryan Popin of Little Boy Wonder Music in Nashville and boasting such artists as Chris Kirkpatrick (NSYNC), Martha Munizzi (Top Billboard Artist), Kelly Morrison (wrote & sang the song Legacy for The Ultimate Gift) Erica Lane, and up and comers: Jason Eustice, Casii Stephan, & Alicia Larson the album is a wonderful collection that will be cherished for years to come.

Raw Talent Screenplay Contest -

After filming A Christmas Snow and while we got it ready for the retail market, we held a contest for screenwriters called the Raw Talent Screenplay Contest and we awarded a $10,000 prize to Jason Parker for his original script, Matter of Life. If you haven’t seen the video where director Tracy J Trost and myself let Jason know he won you still can at: it’s so fun to see and many have told us it brought a tear to their eye.

Writer/Director Tracy J Trost (middle) with Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr and Tony winner L Scott Caldwell on the set of "The Lamp"

The Lamp -

Then after the Raw Talent Screenplay Contest writer/director Tracy J Trost went to work on our third feature film The Lamp. Tracy started with the premise from best-selling author Jim Stovall’s book by the same name and wrote a moving tale of love and overcoming loss that is shaping up to be our best film yet. As with A Christmas Snow, Jim Stovall will be writing a novel based on the story in the film and Tracy will be writing a companion book, this time called Just Believe…

All of us at Trost Moving Pictures and the Narrative Television Network are excited at the opportunities The Lamp is bringing to affect others, touch lives, and help charities and organizations as well. Touching on the subjects of losing a child, foster care, adoption, and canine therapy and starring Jason London, Meredith Salenger, L Scott Caldwell, Sarah Brown, Cameron ten Napel, Muse Watson, and Louis Gossett Jr its shaping up to be a powerful story that will affect lives for years to come.

The Best is Yet to Come -

As you can see it’s been a busy year and 2011 is looking to be just as busy with many exciting projects in the works for Trost Moving Pictures and our good friends at the Narrative Television Network and Destiny Image Films. There are two projects in particular that I am extremely excited about, but that’s a story for another day. Thank you so much for your support in 2010 and we hope to continue to be your source for great family friendly stories and projects in 2011. Without the support of friends, family, and fans like you this is all possible.

With Great Hope for 2011,

Joe Jestus

TMP – Producer of Marketing & Distribution