“Smile” – A young Chinese girl born severely deformed and abandoned at birth, is found by a simple brick factory worker (Daniel, played by Chinese megastar Luoyong Wang) in rural China. Already with a wife (played by Chinese megastar Song Jia) and young son, the introduction of this abandoned, disfigured child, and the constrictions of a Chinese One Child Policy challenges and then dislodges their entire family but does not deter Daniel from raising the young girl (Lin, played by Yi Ding – “Joy Luck Club”) into a young woman, hidden behind her deformity, living in the shadows.
Through these same years, a young girl raised in privilege (Katie, played Mika Boorem) by her parents (Beau Bridges & Linda Hamilton) sheds her persona, not without a cultural struggle, by her introduction to a philanthropic organization that changes the lives of disfigured children around the world through one of her teachers (Sean Astin). Off to China goes Katie, an event that will change her life… Katie and Lin share a secret that will bond them forever, and touch everyone, in the depth of human compassion, and everyone that sees this film. Nominated for the Chinese National Film Award, a first and only for an American film, “Smile”, while fiction, is inspired by over 100,000 true stories. Filmed in one of the most beautiful locations in China, this is a must see film, well reviewed and extremely well received by secular and non-secular movie goers and critics.
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Upcoming projects: (1) Dark Forest is part of the effort bringing back “The King of the Cowboys”, Roy Rogers, along with Dale Evans, Trigger and Bullet. On tap, a Broadway musical (with a team that includes Tony, Oscar and Peabody award winners), filmed entertainment and licensing/merchandising, all of which account for an unparalleled $1B brand. (2) “A Flower In Brazil” – a feature film (political thriller) that takes it’s audience on a journey to never before seen places, both visually as well as in the hearts, bodies and minds of everyone looking for their right place in the world (A philanthropic element infused). (3) “The Same Sky” – A feature film that takes us inside the hearts and minds of our men and women in uniform, in service to our country, their families, and the sacrifices made in 100 degree deserts half way around the world. Despite the tragedy of conflict, this film highlights some of the best work done, including little known philanthropic efforts. (4) “Five Stones” – A feature film set against the backdrop of the Hawaiian Islands after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the racial conflicts that ensued, also drawing the U.S. into WWII. A timeless story of love, conflict and commitment that also transports its audience to the previous generations of Hawaiian settlement and the introduction of Christianity to what was once a pagan culture.