|Rebecca St. James, Shirley Jones star in ‘A Strange Brand of Happy’|
|Written by DeWayne Hamby|
|Monday, 11 November 2013 10:42 AM America/New_York|
‘Partridge Family’ actress and husband Marty Ingels appear together in movie for first time
A young professional struggles with unemployment, romance and the existence of God in A Strange Brand of Happy (095163885625, $19.95), releasing on DVD this month from Bridgestone Multimedia Group.
David, played by Joe Boyd, is let go from his company and, under duress, hires a life coach, Joyce, played by Christian recording artist and actress Rebecca St. James (Left Behind, Sarah’s Choice).
David soon finds himself competing with his ex-boss for Joyce’s affections and being coached in ways to win her over by a group of nursing home residents, including Mildred—Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family). Jones’ husband, Marty Ingels (CSI, ER, Baywatch) is in the role of Mack, another nursing home resident. The film marks the first time Jones and Ingels have appeared together in a movie.
When Joyce takes David to an open mic night of people contemplating the existence of God, something said by one poet—National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani, appearing as himself—provokes David to begin questioning who he is and his relationship to God.
As he begins to reconcile his faith, the competition for Joyce from his former boss turns extreme, and David is forced to, once again, find wisdom and counsel in his unexpected friends, the retirement home residents.
David Wise, the film’s writer and director, met Boyd when the two worked on a Christmas short film for a megachurch in Cincinnati. Boyd is also president of Rebel Pilgrim Productions, a Cincinnati-based band of storytellers. As a struggling pastor and church planter, he began doing improvisational comedy and feels he has now tapped into what he was created to do. The storytellers’ group says that Boyd’s story provided the inspiration for the film’s theme of discovering one’s passion and purpose.
To order A Strange Brand of Happy, contact Bridgestone Multimedia Group at 866-774-3774 or visit www.gobmg.com.