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Autism Documentary "Trace Amounts" to Premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival
In the making for over 10 years, the highly anticipated documentary film "Trace Amounts" explores the science and controversy behind the autism epidemic.

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014

Lighthouse Pictures announces the world premiere of the documentary film "Trace Amounts" on Saturday, April 26th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California.

After recovering from a devastating illness that brought him to the edge of despair, Director, Eric Gladen, started researching the science behind autism. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical controversies of all time: whether or not childhood vaccines cause autism. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines, he was focused on an ingredient that is only used in vaccines to save money: mercury. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country for years interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. This film will do more than turn this debate upside down; it just may solve this devastating epidemic once and for all.

“The public needs to understand what’s really happened here because the public will drive the change,” Director, Eric Gladen says.

“This is a must see film,” says Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind. 1983-2013), who was the Chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee that led a four year investigation into vaccines and autism. “There is no doubt in my mind that mercury is a major contributing factor in the autism epidemic.”

Trace Amounts will play at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at the Starlight Triangle 8 Cinemas. For tickets, you can go to http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com.

Dean Cain stars in ‘Defending Santa’ Nov 24 on ION Television

  • Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Dean Cain stars in ‘Defending Santa’ Nov 24 on ION Television
Los Angeles (November 23, 2013) - ION Television invites viewers to “Get Wrapped Up in the Holidays” this Sunday, Nov 24th with the premier of “Defending Santa” at 9/8 pm central. To bring you the inside scoop, we interviewed Vincent De Paul (“Mad Men”) who co-stars with “Superman” Dean Cain (“Burn Notice”) in this heartwarming Christmas story directed by Brian Skiba.
“Defending Santa” cast also includes Jud Tylor (“Charlie Wilson’s War”), Bill Lewis (“The Mentalist”), John Savage (“The Deer Hunter”), Jamie McRae, Cooper Barnes (“Suburgatory”), Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”), Jadon Sand (“Wreck-It Ralph”), Cole Sand (“Masters of Sex”), Gary Hudson (“As The World Turns”), and Elizabeth Friedman (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”.)

Set at a ski resort, Sheriff Hanson (Dean Cain) inadvertently arrests a sleeping Santa in the snowy woods on suspicion of a crime he did not commit. With his sleigh ride now in doubt, Santa is put on trial. During the process, Sheriff Hanson, also a dad and widower, begins to fall for Santa’s court-appointed defense attorney, Sarah (Jud Tylor). Vincent De Paul plays the owner of a law firm (Tony Smithson) whose top District Attorney has a conscious and decides to defend Kris Kringle (Bill Lewis) instead of working for Smithson's high powered clients.

When asked about filming “Defending Santa”, Baltimore native Vincent De Paul reflected on childhood memories and the message, “I grew up watching ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood with my mom and dad, brothers and sisters sitting around the Zenith TV in Highlandtown on Conking Street. It was so great to work on “Defending Santa’ that has such a great message of acceptance and believing in the spirit of love and family during the holidays, which were the ideals instilled upon me by my parents.” And in Baltimore (also my hometown), 34th Street in Hampden is decorated every year with holiday lights that attract thousands of families to drive through and take photos.

Don’t miss “Defending Santa” this Sunday night on ION. This holiday film is part of five brand-new original movies in ION’s 2013 lineup. The new collection also includes “My Santa,” “Holiday Road Trip,” “Christmas Belle” and “All I Want for Christmas.” For more information about “Defending Santa”, visit http://iontelevision.com/holiday-movies/defending-santa and keep up with all the last news on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DefendingSanta

© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist and Goody PR 

Action Packed Western slated to shoot in Utah in 1st Quarter 2013 
Los Angeles - (October 30, 2013) Lighthouse Pictures is proud to announce that Academy Award Winning Director Kieth Merrill has signed on to direct the new Western GUNS OF REDEMPTION. Lighthouse's Jamie R Thompson and Brian Sabata are co-producing the film with Kieth Merrill's KM Productions. 

GUNS OF REDEMPTION is an Action packed Western about a stranger known only as Luke, who is a mysterious man with a violent past - a past marked by the scars on his face and the nightmares he can’t escape. He takes off his guns to find a new life, but there is no escape from a violent past. Old enemies find him and shoot him down. Before he bleeds to death or dies from the bullet lodged against his spine, he straps his guns on one last time. With his life running out, he goes after the murderous General Bork to avenge the death of the Man of God who took him in, and save the exotic woman held captive in Bork’s heinous web of evil.

"GUNS OF REDEMPTION is a nostalgic throwback to the westerns of Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone," stated Lighthouse President Jamie R Thompson. "We are currently casting and are in discussions with major Country Music stars and well known actors."

GUNS OF REDEMPTION will be the first movie in a series of Western films that Lighthouse will be co-producing with KM Productions. Lighthouse is also producing the family TV movie A DATE FOR MY DAD and the Holiday TV movie ALL I NEED FOR CHRISTMAS.

“Defending Santa,” “My Santa,” “Holiday Road Trip,” “Christmas Belle”
and “All I Want for Christmas” Join ION’s Growing Holiday Roster

NEW YORK, September 9, 2013 – ION Television is inviting viewers to “Get Wrapped Up in the Holidays,” today announcing the addition of five brand-new original movies to its 2013 holiday lineup. The new collection, including “Defending Santa,” “My Santa,” “Holiday Road Trip,” “Christmas Belle” and “All I Want for Christmas,” begins airing Thanksgiving week and will run alongside 13 other returning favorites from ION’s growing catalog throughout the holiday season.

With the addition of five new titles, ION looks to build on a successful 2012 holiday season that saw its movies average more than one million total viewers. ION’s holiday movies reached 27.2 million total viewers, up 15% from 2011, and 10.4 million adults 25-54, an increase of 13% over the previous year. “A Christmas Kiss,” ION’s highest rated movie in 2012, delivered 526,000 adults 25-54.

“We’re excited to expand on our original programming commitment to viewers with this new slate of holiday movies,” said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. “With the success of our movie franchise over the past three years, ION Television continues to be a prime destination for holiday movie viewing.”

Each of ION Television’s holiday films feature a bevy of legendary actors and fan favorites, with a roster this year that includes: Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark”), Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Wink Martindale (“Tic-Tac-Dough”), Matthew Lawrence (“Boy Meets World”), George Hamilton (“Dynasty”), Tom Arnold (“True Lies”), Julie Brown (“Clueless”), Jodie Sweetin (“Full House”), Haylie Duff (“7th Heaven”), Samaire Armstrong (“Resurrection”), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland”) and Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”).


DEFENDING SANTA – Premieres Sunday, November 24, at 9/8c
Cast: Dean Cain, Jud Tylor, Bill Lewis, Jamie McRae, Cooper Barnes, Jodie Sweetin, Seth Menachem, John Savage
Scott Hanson, a ski resort sheriff, inadvertently arrests a sleeping Santa in the snowy woods on suspicion of a crime he did not commit. With his sleigh ride now in doubt, Santa is put on trial. But, during the proceedings, Sheriff Hanson, also a dad and widower, begins to fall for Santa’s court-appointed defense attorney, Sarah.

MY SANTA – Premieres Friday, November 29, at 9/8c
Cast: Samaire Armstrong, Matthew Lawrence, Julie Brown, Jim O’Heir, Ben Gavin, Paul Dooley, Channing Chase, Gabe O’Mara
A young, single mother, Jen, begins to lose her faith in the magic of Christmas. However, when she takes her son Eric to see the local mall Santa, Jen immediately feels an attraction and connection with Chris, the young, attractive man filling the suit. As they begin spending time together, she begins to rediscover her belief in Christmas. Little does Jen know that Chris is the son and heir to the “real” Santa, and his mission is to find himself a Mrs. Claus. As the two fall for one another, Chris faces his inevitable return to the North Pole.

HOLIDAY ROAD TRIP – Premieres Sunday, December 1, at 9/8c
Cast: Ashley Scott, Patrick Muldoon, Kip Pardue, George Hamilton, Shelley Long, Mo Gaffney, Essence Atkins, Jerry Lacy, Susan Olsen, Wink Martindale
Maya, a recently heartbroken pet supply employee, couldn’t have any less in common with her co-worker, Pat, who happens to be the company founder’s son. But, tasked with traveling across the country on a Christmastime social media tour for the company’s leading canine and most-prized possession, Scoots, fate finds a funny way to intervene. In their race against the clock, the two begin to fall for one another. Unbeknownst to Maya, though, her remorseful ex-boyfriend is in close pursuit, hoping he can win her back.

CHRISTMAS BELLE – Premieres Sunday, December 8, at 9/8c
Cast: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Famiglietti, Sheree J. Wilson
With her California hometown in the rearview mirror, Belle heads north on business to catalog the sale of a large mansion. While The Job is a dream, the client, Hunter Lowell, is not. But, as the two spend more time together, his icy demeanor begins to melt. Although their relationship is budding, Belle’s long-time suitor, Tony, arrives, sending mixed signals to Hunter while adding chaos to the holiday season.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS – Premieres Sunday, December 15, at 9/8c
Cast: Melissa Sagemiller, Brad Rowe, Tom Arnold, Stuart Pankin, Martin Klebba, JoJo Wright, Eddie Deezen
After being told by her boss that she must listen more attentively to others and put the group first, Elizabeth, a skilled executive, meets one of Santa’s helpers, who blesses her with an extraordinary gift. Through the magic of a Christmas pin, Elizabeth can listen to every unspoken thought of anyone she encounters. With her new-found power, she attempts to be a better person, turning an office rivalry into romance while learning the true meaning of Christmas.

Way of the Wicked wraps production in Squamish, B.C.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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Way of the Wicked wraps production in Squamish, B.C.
 June 4, 2013 by Seine Shetty

Way of the Wicked, a supernatural thriller starring Christian Slater, has wrapped production in Squamish, B.C.

The Odyssey Media film centres on a deadly game of cat and mouse between a detective (Vinnie Jones of X-Men:The Last Stand) and a teenager with a reputation for supernatural powers. The teen has eyes for the daughter of the detective who ends up consulting with a man of the cloth (Slater) on how to deal with this character’s evil ways.

Way of the Wicked was shot in Minaty Bay and Britannia Beach, both along the Sea to Sky Highway near Squamish, B.C. over 12 days in May.

 The feature is directed by Kevin Carraway, written and produced by Matt Kelly and executive produced by Kirk Shaw of Odyssey Media.

A film and TV prodco, Odyssey Media has offices in Vancouver and Brisbane, Australia.

In 2013 the company also produced Bad Karma (starring Ray Liotta),  Absolute Deception (Cuba Gooding Jr), Hard Drive (John Cusack), Suddenly (Ray Liotta) and Out of Reach (Erin Karpluk). 

Odyssey Media is owned by Sceptre Media which infused the subsidiary with $20 million in funding earlier this year to secure A-list casts and support multi-million dollar productions. In 2013, the company was slated to spend $53 million on 15 productions in Canada, Australia, Hungary and the U.S.