Friday, April 17, 2009

19 Year Old Homeschooler Wins at Film Festival!

Home schooler's feature film opens in theaters
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 4/15/2009 7:40:00 AM
A movie made by a home-school teenager has been released on 94 screens nationwide.

John Moore is the 19-year-old writer and director of The Widow's Might, a light-hearted family comedy that centers on a widow who is faced with the loss of her property due to heavy taxation. Moore explains the premise of the 101-minute film. "[T]his home-school family finds out about [the widow's dilemma] -- and of course they think that that's ridiculous," says Moore. "So they go to the mayor and attempt to get him to be reasonable. Of course he's not; he's trying to do what he feels is best for the city. "So there is kind of a battle of wills there," he continues, "and eventually the family decides that they should produce a film in an attempt to spread the word about the widow's plight." Moore's film won the $101,000 "Best of Film Festival" award at the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and will now be shown at 94 Carmike Cinemas across the nation. He shares that distribution of the film began when he received an unexpected call from independent filmmaker Jerry Dalton, who requested a screener copy of The Widow's Might. "And he calls back and says, 'I can get this film into the theaters for you -- would you be interested?' And it was just so out of nowhere that God would bless the project like that," exclaims Moore. The Widow's Might opens this week (April 13-18) in theaters. A movie trailer, behind-the-scenes clips, and a list of showings can be found at

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