GMC TV Presents the Original World Premiere Movie: The Carpenter's Miracle
Cameron Mathison, Michelle Harrison and Sarah-Jane Redmond Star In the Heartwarming Family Drama
Premiering Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 at 7, 9 & 11 PM ET, Exclusively on gmc TV
ATLANTA – February 22, 2013 – GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting family entertainment, presents the original World Television Premiere Movie The Carpenter’s Miracle, starring Cameron Mathison (“All My Children”), Michelle Harrison, Sarah-Jane Redmond (“Smallville”), Adrian Holmes (“Smallville,” “True Justice”) and Ryan Grantham (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus). The thought-provoking and heartwarming film makes its world television premiere on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. ET, exclusively on GMC TV.
Based on Judd Parkin’s screen adaptation of his own novel and directed by K.T. Donaldson, The Carpenter’s Miracle tells the tale of a humble small-town handyman, Josh Carey (Mathison), who finds himself at the center of media attention after attempting to resuscitate 12-year-old Luke Quinn (Grantham), the victim of a drowning accident. When the boy shows no signs of life for an hour, Josh consoles Luke’s mother, Sarah (Harrison), in the emergency room. But when he lightly touches the boy with his hand while offering a heavenward wish, the boy is suddenly revived.
Many in the town consider it a miraculous act. But Josh is not religious and doesn’t believe he had anything to do with Luke’s recovery, even after he seems to heal several others in the following days. When local coverage of the story catches the eye of national tabloid news producer Jack Reardon (Holmes), he dispatches his most aggressive reporter, Delia Tynan (Redmond) to try to land an exclusive interview with Josh, Sarah and Luke. Although they politely decline her cash offers, Delia is relentless – to the point of potentially disrupting a blossoming relationship between Josh and Sarah. But when Josh learns his elderly mother needs expensive emergency surgery, he must make a decision that could change his life and the lives of those he cares about most.
An Entertainment One (eOne) production, The Carpenter’s Miracle also stars Stephen E. Miller (“Da Vinci’s Inquest”), Candus Churchill, Aaron Pearl (“Intelligence”), Alex Sparling and Donna White. The film is produced by Randolph Cheveldave (Goodnight for Justice, “First Wave”).
After reading Judd Parkin’s Christmas-themed novel The Carpenter’s Miracle, GMC Vice Chairman Brad Siegel and Senior Vice President of Originals Barbara Fisher both knew it had the potential to make a great original movie for the network. But given its central themes of faith, skepticism and miracles, they asked the TV-exec-turned-author if he would consider adapting it into an Easter movie.
“It’s hard to find entertaining, contemporary films that evoke the spirit of Easter,” says Fisher. “We talked to Judd and he agreed it could work as well, if not better, as an Easter story.”
Once Parkin delivered the script, Fisher tapped K. T. Donaldson, a filmmaker she had worked with successfully on several past projects, to direct the film. Donaldson was drawn to the screenplay’s exploration of Josh’s doubt in the face of events that those around him see as miracles. “I enjoyed the idea of tracking a character who is clearly impacting people, but who questions the reality of his power, questions the possibility that a higher being would use him as a medium, and even questions the idea that a higher power would get involved in the daily lives of people.”
The next step was casting the central role of Josh – a tall order, says Fisher. “We needed an actor who had the ability to portray Josh’s kindness and emotional openness, as well as the masculinity and sex appeal to be a romantic lead,” she says. The network executive found all that and more in Cameron Mathison, the former daytime TV heartthrob perhaps best known for his appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and as a special contributor on “Good Morning America.”
“Cameron has this great ability to be empathetic and vulnerable,” says Fisher. “Those qualities were critical in this movie and in his role.”
Tabori agrees that Mathison, whom he had never worked with previously, was uniquely suited for the role of Josh. “He’s a kind of quiet, introspective hero, a Joel McCrea-Gary Cooper type that we don’t see much anymore. We were extremely fortunate to cast him.”
For the main female roles of single mother Sarah Quinn and ambitious TV reporter Delia Tynan, Donaldson turned to Michelle Harrison and Sarah-Jane Redmond, two talented Canadian actresses whom he had directed before. “We got lucky that they were both available,” says the director.
In casting the part of Sarah’s son Luke, the filmmakers decided on 14-year-old Ryan Grantham. “It’s always challenging to find a kid who is authentic,” says Fisher. “We were looking for an all-American kid who is a bit of a smart aleck but also has a bit of sweetness in him. The whole idea is that none of the characters are really exceptional. That’s what makes the story so interesting – that regular people are caught up in the whirlwind of something extraordinary.”
Although Fisher notes that GMC’s programming is not specifically holiday-based, she says “there are certain holidays that resonate for our audience and Easter is definitely one of them. We wanted to create an event around that and thought it made sense to do something original, which we’ve never done before. It fits in beautifully for a network that focuses on uplifting programming. But it also fits in because it is an entertaining story. We’re not into preaching to people or moralizing. That’s what’s so great about this story: it works for Easter but it would work as an entertaining movie any time of the year.”
GMC Network presents an eOne production, The Carpenter’s Miracle starring Cameron Mathison, Michelle Harrison, Ryan Grantham, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Adrian Holmes and Stephen E. Miller. Music by Brent Belke. Casting by Shana Landsburg (US) and Candice Elzinga (Canada). Director of Photography is David Pelletier (“Continuum,” “Dark Universe”) Produced by Cheveldave, along with eOne executive producers John Morayniss (“Rogue,” “Rookie Blue”) and Ira Pincus (When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story, Goodnight for Justice). Screenplay by Judd Parkin who also serves as executive producer. The film is directed by K. T. Donaldson. Entertainment One will handle the international distribution for the film.
About the Cast
CAMERON MATHISON (Josh Carey)
Cameron Mathison is best known to millions of fans of “All My Children” as heartthrob Ryan Lavery, a role he has played in over 1,000 episodes since first appearing on the long-running soap in 1998. His numerous other television credits include “Hot in Cleveland,” “Drop Dead Divas,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “CSI,” “JAG,” “What I Like About You,” “F/X: The Series,” “Castle,” “Desperate Housewives” and the television movie Any Mother's Son with Bonnie Bedelia. In 2007 he joined the cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and also began serving as a special contributor to “Good Morning America.” Mathison has been honored with the 1999 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer and Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2002 and 2004.
MICHELLE HARRISON (Sarah Quinn)
Canadian film, television and theater actress Michelle Harrison has shared the screen with a who’s who of talented actors including Sir Ben Kingsley, Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Carol Burnett. She has appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows including Paycheck, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Love Happens, Good Luck Chuck and The Invisible. Her small-screen credits include a recurring role in “Emily Owens, M.D.” for the CW Network as well as appearances on “House,” “Cold Case,” “Navy NCIS,” “Supernatural,” “The L Word” and “Stargate Universe.”
RYAN GRANTHAM (Luke Quinn)
Ryan Grantham landed his first agent at age five and has quickly become a fixture in commercials, television series and films, Grantham broke out in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which he performed his own stunts. His numerous credits also include Altitude, Ice Quake, The Troop, Harper’s Island, Marley and Me: The Puppy Years, Santa Paws and The Secret of the Nutcracker. His television credits include “Supernatural,” “Harper’s Island,” “The Guard,” “Kits,” “Storm Cell” and a recurring role in the popular SyFy series “Riese.” Grantham won a 2012 Young Artist Award for his performance in the short film Liz and was nominated for a Young Artist Award and a Leo in the award-winning short The Anachronism.
SARAH-JANE REDMOND (Delia Tynan)
Actress Sarah-Jane Redmond has appeared in over 70 films, TV films and series. Her recent credits include the Hallmark Channel film Duke as well as guest roles on “Fringe,” “Millennium,” “Smallville,” “Life Unexpected” and “V,” among many others. In 2006 Redmond was nominated for a British Columbia Leo Award for her role in the independent feature The Entrance. In 2012 she was also nominated as Best Actress by the Union of British Columbia Performers (UBCP) for her turn as Lydia Newman in the Lifetime movie Possessing Piper Rose. Other film credits include 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Case 39 and Taken. Redmond is also a noted acting teacher and the founder of a successful theater company.
ADRIAN HOLMES (Jack Reardon)
Born in the UK, and with Barbadian heritage, Adrian Holmes now makes Vancouver, BC Canada his home. His career began in the theatre and soon transitioned into film and television with a wide range of roles on such shows as “Fringe,” “Supernatural,” and “Battlestar Gallactica.” His portrayal of “Basqat” has been a fan favorite from season nine of the long running series “Smallville.”
In 2004, Holmes also received a Leo nomination for his work in the SiFi series “The Collector.” In 2008 Holmes went on to appear opposite Halle Berry as her love interest in the feature Frankie and Alice, then soon alongside one of his favorite actors, Gary Oldman, in the film Red Riding Hood directed by Catherine Hardwick (“Twilight”).
Holmes can be next seen in the second season of “True Justice: The Ghost” with veteran action star Steven Seagal as well as on the big screen with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in the highly anticipated blockbuster feature Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”). In 2012 he was cast as one of the leads for the upcoming CBC pilot, “19-2” and 2013 has already seen Holmes in the CW's smash success “Arrow” and CTV/ABC's newest crime drama “Motive.”
In between projects, Holmes’ goal is to give back and he actively volunteers with many organizations, especially those involving children. His intention is to give inspiration and hope so others too can recognize that they have the tools to achieve their goals and dreams. 2 Corinthians 5:7 "Walk by faith not by sight."
About the Director
K. T. DONALDSON (Director)
In an entertainment career spanning over four decades, Donaldson has directed dozens of feature films, television movies and episodes of hit network series. His most recent telefilms include the Hallmark Channel’s upcoming Tom, Dick and Harriet and Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man, starring Luke Perry. Donaldson, who started his career as an actor while still in his teens, has appeared in 70 movies, television films and series. His myriad small-screen credits include recurring characters on “Murder, She Wrote” and “Matlock.” Also a prolific voice actor, he has had roles in videogame versions of “Star Wars,” “Spider-Man” and “Battlestar Galactica,” among many others.
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