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Deadline: Danny Trejo And Jesse Metcalfe Join ‘In Stranger Company’

November 10, 2016  |   0 Comments  |   Cast, News, Press  |  











by Amanda N’Duka

Danny Trejo and Jesse Metcalfe have come aboard In Stranger Company, an indie film based on the book The Loyalty Treasures by Dr. Mark Smith.  Phillip Abraham is directing and adapted the screenplay along with Patrick Werksma.

The feature follows Mia Stone, a young wife, mother, and workaholic entrepreneur. She is faced with an eerie supernatural opportunity to reset her future when a strange encounter with an eccentric man (Trejo) gives her a second chance at saving her company, marriage, family, and future. Metcalfe plays her charming and questionable family friend and business partner.

Rounding out the cast are T.C. Stallings (War Room), Jaci Velasquez, Jules Willcox, Jaime Gallagher, and Jeff Grace. The film is produced by Werksma, James Simmons, and Josh Norman.

Trejo, known for his role in the Machete film series, can up next be heard in Warner Bros’ animated pic Storks. He is repped by AEFH. Metcalfe’s film credits include John Tucker Must DieGod’s Not Dead 2, and Dead Rising: Endgame. He is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Gersh.

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Anything is Possible

March 19, 2013  |   0 Comments  |   Cast  |  

Michael Ulmer

With hard work and a passion for life, Texarkanian Michael Ulmer realizes his dream of becoming an actor
by Molly Edwards

Vincent Price, the popular 1950’s actor, said, “A man who limits his interests, limits his life.” In today’s society, this ​​quote defines our reality as very little is left to the imagination. ​​​Anything is possible. Vincent Price is admired by ​​small town boy Michael Ulmer from Texarkana, Texas, for ​​his ability to enact such intense drama and receive great ​​emotion from his ​​viewers. As Michael ​​is an avid fan of old school horror films, it ​​is only natural for him to share, “my role ​​model in life is Vincent Price.” A passion ​​for life, a passion for his craft and last, but ​certainly not least, a passion for his Creator ​​are what Michael is all about. Always passionate ​​with whatever he involves himself ​​in, 24-year-old Michael exemplifies how ​​hard work and passion pay off.​

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Film “Rumors of Wars” Wraps up Filming in Mississippi: Behind the Scenes

March 13, 2013  |   0 Comments  |   Press  |  

Filming in Mississippi

The latest movie to shoot inside the borders of Mississippi wrapped up its filming on Monday night
by Knox Graham

“Rumors of Wars” has been shooting in the state and more specifically, Jackson, for the last several weeks.  ​“It’s an edgy faith-based redemptive thriller,” says producer Patrick Werksma.

I traveled about five miles outside of Flora, Miss. to their final shooting location on what appeared to be a family farm with an abandoned building surrounded by fields. When I arrive on this particular day they’re waiting for the sun to go down to shoot some night scenes on the property and it’s cloudy and cold.

Some pranks are starting to break out among a few of the executives as the end of filming is in sight by nights end. The Bostonian wingtips I have on are clearly out of place on this particular evening as there’s mud anywhere foot traffic has been established after raining through out the week.

Rehearsal with dozens of Mississippians who are extras in the movie takes place right before dark as they make the trek down a gravel road from costume tents and makeshift campers….

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‘Rumors of Wars’ in REVUE Magazine

February 19, 2013  |   0 Comments  |   Press  |  

ISSUU Revue-v2

by Anya Zentmeyer

Local production company Bearfruit Films just wrapped up filming in Grand Rapids for its upcoming faith-based action/drama film, Rumors of Wars. The first half of the film was shot at cornerstone University with plans to wrap up the second half of filming in Mississippi.

Rumors of Wars follows a post-apocalyptic “new world soldier” through his discovery of a diary with research recorded by an aspiring college journalist. The diary reveals disturbing truths about the setting’s global turmoil.

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Testimonials from the Cast of “Rumors of Wars”

January 19, 2013  |   0 Comments  |   Cast  |  

Rumors of Wars Cast

SHANNEN FIELDS (Star of “Facing the Giants”)

It didn’t take me long to realize from the moment I got picked up at the airport that my time working with Bearfruit Films, was going to be a great experience! The way their amazing cast, crew, director, producers pulled together on and off set is how I hope all projects I work on can be. I know BearFruit Films has great things ahead and I’m grateful I could be a part of one of their projects!

JASON BURKEY  (star of “October Baby”)

I had a blast on with Bearfruit Films. It was the first time I got a taste of some action scenes and Paul is a great director.  He knows what he wants, but more importantly is relaxed, stress-free, and open to suggestions. The team at Bearfruit Films really know what they’re doing! I would love to work with them again soon. (wink, nudge)

BEN DAVIES (star of “Courageous”)

To pick the most memorable experience on set is difficult.  I don’t think I’ll forget seeing our Executive Producer show up with a small Python to prank the crew.  I would say the best experience I had was getting to know all the people working on the project. The whole cast and crew were truly a blessing to work with. I was blessed to have such a great environment to work in and hope I can do it again soon. Paul, the director, was such a great instructor and leader. I remember several times where Paul’s direction really helped me get into the role and get a better vision for the scene. Another crew member that stood out was the Director of Photography, Phil Roy. I had never worked with someone who was so meticulous with every shot. Even when we were stretched for time Phil would never compromise a shot or settle for anything less than perfection. I really appreciate that mentality and I know it will show through in the final product. I learned so much during this project and wish them all the best in all their projects to come.

MICHAEL JOINER  (star of “Grace Card”)

I was entirely blessed to work with such a talented crew. I am now good friends with the director, Paul, and the producers, James and Patrick.

MICHAEL ULMER (lead role of Webb)

As I read the script I had chills the entire time. It is frighteningly topical. The story makes you think and really assess the current situation of the world we live in.  I met so many quality people working on this film. I feel like I made a lot of lifelong connections with some really great people.  Everyone was a genuine pleasure to work with, and working with Paul was awesome; he let me go crazy with the amazing character he created and I had so much fun. Everyone with Bearfruit was the best, they were right there with us the whole time outside in the freezing cold and in the mud making sure everyone was doing okay, and had what they needed. By the end of the shoot it was painful to leave because we had become such a family.

DUSTIN TAVELLA  (Award Winning Recording Artist)

I was so pumped because I knew how awesome this movie was gonna be and was so excited to be a part. They asked me to play Ramirez and make a music video with one of my songs.  Mike Michaels, the special effects make-up artist and stunt coordinator, is super talented and I loved working with him.  Being a part of this project and working with Paul, the director was incredible. Paul is so easy to work with and he is so good at communicating and explaining parts so it takes off a lot of pressure and really makes things fun. I learned a ton of things being on this movie set. I am really hoping to work more with Paul and Bearfruit Films in the future. The whole group was great.

Press Release: “Rumors of Wars” Releases Footage

December 19, 2012  |   0 Comments  |   Press  |  

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GRAND RAPIDS, December 19, 2012 — Earlier this November Bearfruit Films shot half of their movie, Rumors of Wars, at the Cornerstone University campus. The University is a Christian school that offers a student-centered learning community. Such like the film production company, Bearfruit Films develops and produces redemptive motion pictures for theatrical release.

The movie Rumors of Wars is a post-apocalyptic thriller that has two converging story lines. This “faith-based action filled drama” begins with an aspiring college journalist who records her research in a diary which is found years later by a New World Soldier. After discovering some disturbing truth about the global turmoil, this soldier is led on his own faith journey and we are left to see what he will do with this new found faith.

After a huge success in Grand Rapids, filmmakers traveled home and began Part 1 of post-production. They also just finished recruiting some talent in Mississippi for Part 2 of the film. A recent Facebook post on the Rumors of Wars page revealed last week that there will be a teaser available on December 21st 2012 for only 24 hours. Many fans and followers immediately shared the status and were thrilled about the news. For updates:

Featured in the film is: Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Jason Burkey (October Baby), Shannen Fields (Facing the Giants), Michael Joiner (Grace Card), and Kelsey Sanders (Genesis Code and Hardflip). Just a few of our talented actors.

The project is being produced by Jude S. Walko (House of the Rising Sun), James Simmons and directed by Paul Tomborello.

Movie Casting Call Set for ‘Rumors of Wars’

December 12, 2012  |   0 Comments  |   Press  |  

Casting Call for Rumors of Wars movie

Faith-based movie to film locally

RIDGELAND, Miss. —Local residents looking to appearing on the silver screen will have their chance this week.

“Rumors of Wars” will be filmed locally, producers said. The faith-based film focuses on two story lines. The first story was filmed in Grand Rapids, Mich. The second portion of the film, which will be shot in Mississippi, centers around a character named Shaw.

The casting call is Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at 120 Dyess Road in Ridgeland.

Filmmakers are looking for men 16-18 years old, preferably thin, to play Drew, an underground Christian. They are also seeking to cast the roll of the Bearded Man and prefer actors who have a scruffy beard.​

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