Last week, I stumbled across an article written about a former Disney actor: Actor Reveals How He Found Success In Hollywood Without Compromising His Faith and Values. Why did it stand out to me?
Well, think about it. How often have we read in the news about celebrities who have stayed true to their beliefs and values throughout their career in the entertainment business? Rarely. So, I clicked on this article to see what this guy did to stand out.
|Photo by Benjo Arwas|
David is only 25 years old but has wanted to direct his own movie for years now. The short film that he put together follows the story of an 8 year old boy who goes to drastic measures to spend time with his father. It stars William Mapother, Robyn Lively and Jet Jurgensmeyer.
For his first film, David has proven to be an incredible director. In the film's webisodes, one cast-member made note of his paternal instinct as he directed Jet Jurgensmeyer (who plays 8 year old Jimmy). He always got down to Jet's level to explain how he wanted something done. Not only do directors need to know how to communicate their thoughts and ideas for their movies but they also need to know how to do it well.
The film is just about 11 minutes long but even in that short amount of the time, the message comes through clear and strong. And not only does the film have a great message but it also showcases the kinds of movies that David wants to continue to be involved in (whether in front of the camera or behind). Hollywood needs more uplifting and challenging films with strong morals.
|David Henrie and Jet Jurgensmeyer|
All over the world, with parents working long hours of the day, it's important to remember that even though they're doing a great thing by stepping up and providing for their family, children still need that love and quality time.
For me, I got proof of this the day that I first watched the film. I've been working all summer at a day camp and I spend a lot of time with one of the little girls. She explained to me how much she enjoys her Saturday tradition that she and her dad do together (Pajama Day!) but sometimes, he'll get called into work leaving her to stay at home and just watch TV.
Catch is challenging and inspirational. It shows the impact that a father's words and actions will have on their children. But it also shows that even when a father doesn't keep his promises and seems to have neglected his family, his children won't stop loving him.
When you buy Catch, you will also be supporting a non-profit organization called "Family Works" that focuses on supporting families across the U.S.
At the end of his final webisode about his movie, David Henrie said:
"This to me is the perfect short film to showcase who I want to be as a filmmaker and the types of projects that I want to be involved in. I couldn't have picked a better story to embody who I want to be."
Please watch the trailer below:
And you can buy the movie for yourself HERE or on iTunes.
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** Photos found at David Henrie's Official Facebook Page