|‘Charming’ Southern Tale Shows the Value of Every Child|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Tuesday, 02 April 2013 04:25 PM America/New_York|
‘Jimmy’ encourages viewers to look past the obvious in relating to the mentally challenged
Based on a best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow, Jimmy (095163885410, $19.95) tells the story of mentally challenged 14-year-old Jimmy Mitchell (Ian Colletti). Jimmy is “slow,” according to the people in his hometown of Piney Grove, Ga.
However, Jimmy has an uncanny ability to see and hear a lot, including angelic beings he calls “Watchers.” When his lawyer father Lee Mitchell (Patrick Fabian) asks Jimmy to testify in a crucial trial, the town’s residents are amazed when his testimony saves a man from going to jail, while leading to far-reaching consequences for himself and the people he loves.
Directed by Mark Freiburger, the movie features the tag line: “Once you see the world through Jimmy’s eyes, it will never look the same again.”
“Jimmy is a charming story with heartfelt performances, reminding us to value each and every child,” said brothers Jon and Andy Erwin, who directed last year’s pro-life drama October Baby.
Singer-songwriter Matthew West added: “As a storyteller myself, I always look for a movie to tell a great story and move me. Jimmy did just that.”
The film has garnered some strong reviews, including one reviewer who said it has its “share of thrills, drama, compassion, love and perseverance.”
Another reviewer added: “Filled with Southern characters at once familiar and unexpected, Jimmy is an extraordinary tale about growing up in the midst of real struggle. From the first encounter with Jimmy to the last triumphant goodbye, Jimmy will enthrall and delight.”
After the movie was screened for the first time in Charlotte, N.C., where it was filmed, Whitlow said, “there weren’t many dry eyes in the crowd by the time the credits started to roll.”
“Jimmy has always occupied a special place in my heart, and it is a thrill to see the characters come to life on the screen,” he added.
Releasing this month, the 95-minute, Dove Foundation-approved film is distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group. For more information, visit www.jimmymovie.com.
To order, call Bridgestone at 800-523-0988.