Thursday, November 23, 2006

In the Houston Chronicle

Here is an article about The Oath of Desormeau's premiere at Houston's First Baptist Church in the Houston Chronicle. Thanks to the Chronicle, Kim Hughes, and Vollmer Public Relations for helping us get the word out.
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Christian film to be shown at First Baptist
'Oath of Desormeau' shot in Mermentau, La. set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
By KIM HUGHES Chronicle Correspondent

Houston's First Baptist Church at 7401 Katy Freeway will present an award-winning Christian film on Saturday.

Set in France during the 1800's, The Oath of Desormeau is the story of one man's vow to protect two orphaned children, even after his death.

The movie was shot with a cast of 12 during eight days in Mermentau, La., and underwent 18 months of post-production work before it was unveiled in October at the 2006 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, where it won Best of Festival and Audience Choice Award.

"So far, Houston is the only city where the movie will be shown to a general audience," said Santry Rush, a 29-year-old Montrose resident who appears in the film.

"This is the first time a lot of people in the cast and crew will even see it," said Santry, who also works at Houston's First Baptist Church as a production director.

"The film is only 50 minutes long, and we are prepared to show it multiple times throughout the evening depending on how many people we get. The chapel downstairs in the church seats 300."

The viewing will be followed by a question and answer session with cast and crew, as well as a reception.

"The film affirms the importance of honor, faithfulness, defense of those who cannot defend themselves and personal integrity," said film creator and director Richard Ramsey, a 29-year-old Pasadena-area resident who graduated from University of Houston's Theatre Arts program in 2000.

"I hope the audience comes away with a sincere desire to implement these and other Christian values into their lives. I also hope it encourages them to support the work of Christian filmmakers."

Ramsey said he's not sure yet if the film will be shown at additional Houston venues, but Steven Murray at Houston's First Baptist Church said they are honored to be the site of its debut.

"This is an opportunity to show the church is a relevant place where you can draw connections between culture and Jesus Christ," said Murray, director of communications.

"The world may look at the church and just see Sunday morning services, but we want to illustrate that church is a place to come and explore God's word in many different ways, and the arts is one of them."

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