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Small independent film producers are thriving and finding an audience across the country especially in the Dallas Fort Worth area. The Fort Worth Star Telegram said in a post August 29 by Cary Darling, (dfw.com)?that it?s in the ?subgenre of faith-based and family films that Dallas and Fort Worth may be poised to make their biggest mark. ?

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Why here? {{more}}In the same posting, Rick Santorum, former presidential candidate and now CEO of Dallas-based EchoLight Studios, cites the friendly business climate. Derrick Williams, executive vice president of T.D. Jakes Films says ?Dallas is the Bible Belt. What better place to do it? There?s a built-in audience.?
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Other reasons listed in the article were that it is a central location; has a major airport; and, a large pool of technical and creative talent. Many of these films are produced for less than $75,000 and often for half of that figure. For more on the Star Telegram post see?http://www.dfw.com/2013/08/28/821747/dfw-poised-to-be-mecca-for-christian.html
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One such film, My Son, was filmed on location in Burleson for $30,000. It is a production of Retta Vision and part of a media outreach of Retta Baptist Church of Burleson.
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It was directed by Jarod O’Flaherty who recently released his WWII documentary, We Were There.

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The following description was given about the plot of My Son
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Cadon wasn’t going anywhere . . . until he met Jess. Now that Jess and her young son Austin are living with him, his life seems to have direction and purpose.
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But when they lose custody of Austin under questionable circumstances, Cadon feels responsible. His hope of having a normal family is all but lost. Desperate to keep Jess, Cadon turns to his lifelong friend Bo for help to reclaim their son.
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He is willing to do anything. Love Has No Limits.
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As their plan unfolds and tensions escalate, Cadon finds himself trapped in a hostage crisis in a small church. With the situation spiraling out of control, Cadon, Jess and Bo will each have life-changing decisions to make. MY SON tells the story behind a too-real tragedy interwoven with a message of hope that can overcome even our worst choices.
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In the movie is a former KISD student Victoria Pearce. She is part of the eleven member cast and plays a supporting role. In a short video on the My Son website she describes her role.

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Her mother and KISD teacher, Vicki Pearce, said that Victoria, who graduated in 2010 from KHS and was in the plays at J.A. Arthur and active in Theater at KJHS and KHS, plays the part of Shawna Meyers. ?We are very excited.?
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The movie ?My Son? will premiere at the Burleson Premiere Theater on September 20. It has been a year and half project and was featured in a story by Jim Douglas on Channel 5 News several weeks ago.
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For more information go to ?http://www.mysonmovie.com

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