Award-Winning Casting Director and Agent Judy Belshe brings Sci-Fi Legend Richard Hatch and All-Star Cast To Her Enchanting Family Film.
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) June 29, 2012 - "A few years ago I fell in love with a town called Boonville," says veteran casting director and agent Judy Belshe. "Unique to this area is a dying language called 'Boontling.' This only added to its charm and mystery, and I wanted to learn more."
Belshe's mere fascination with the picturesque Northern California town became the inspiration for her latest screenplay entitled Boonville Redemption. The film remains true to the history and unique language of the townspeople - Boontling - a fascinating topic in its own right.
According to Wikipedia's article, "There are several differing versions as to the origin of Boontling [as a folk language]. Some assert that the dialect was created by the women, children, and young men [of Boonville] in the hop fields and sheep shearing sheds as a means of recreation, and that it spread through the community as the children continued using it when they grew up. Myrtle R. Rawles explains that Boontling was started by the children of Boonville as a language game which enabled them to speak freely in front of elders without being understood." 
The whimsical nature of the language is appropriate, as it is the coming of age story of Melinda, the young heroine with a father in jail, a cruel stepfather, and a superstitious mother. "With the discovery and understanding of Boontling," Belshe shares, "Melinda begins to learn about her father. She determines to do all within her power to help him."
Casting and production for the film began a few months ago. A casting choice that may surprise some for this period piece set in 1906 is that of Sci-Fi superstar Richard Hatch, a veteran actor best known for his lead role as Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica television series. Hatch says, "I'm excited about working on Boonville Redemption in the role of the Sheriff Rawles. This film project represents not only a strong story about the human spirit, but a strong message of hope and inspiration. I am excited and honored to be part of a project like this." Also in the cast are television star Candace Cameron Bure (best known for her portrayal of "DJ" Tanner in the hit series Full House), Kassandra Voyagis (international, polyglot, Roman actress best known for co-starring in epic miniseries Cleopatra), and Pete Freeland (star and producer of the Houston Film Festival Gold Award-winning, independent film Taking Fire).
Freeland elaborates on the Christian dimension of the film project, "I am involved in Boonville Redemption because I see a great opportunity in this film to instill in the viewer a faith in ourselves, faith in mankind, and faith in following your heart and that truth and goodness will inevitably prevail."
Boonville's assigned director is Nick Gaitatjis, best known for his work producing and directing both the drama Without Borders and the comedy Gettin' It. "Boonville Redemption was brought to my attention by producer Sandra Staggs who gave me the screenplay to read. Judy Belshe's script was gripping!" says Gaitatjis.
At the end of the day, Boonville Redemption has it all when it comes to tale and talent, but not when it comes to time. The film is featured in the funding platform website KickStarter, and will only be funded if at least $100,000 is pledged by July 15, 2012. Fortunately, there is still over two weeks of opportunity for generous film aficionados to contribute for this gem of a film to become a reality. The opportunity for those who wish to donate over $5,000 go beyond the bragging rights of generosity and making the movie happen; these magnanimous souls have the opportunity for credit as contributing producers and minor actors. But for those with less of a budget, some of the perks include DVDs of the finished film and signed movie posters, and a sincere thank-you from the dedicated team of faithful artists behind this project.