Film enlists fan support and debuts through web platform Tugg, Inc.
“Doonby is a movie that will make you think and make you feel. Entertaining from start to finish it packs a special punch that is sure to make it one of this year’s most talked about films.” — Peter Roff, U.S. News & World Report
Los Angeles, CA – A modern take on It’s a Wonderful Life, the spellbinding thriller, Doonby, is set to release in theaters nationwide on November 1, 2013. Written and directed by Irish filmmaker Peter Mackenzie, Doonby examines how much one man’s life can affect those around him while answering the larger questions of what one life is worth.
Starring John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville) as Sam Doonby, alongside Will Wallace (Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line), Robert Davi (The Goonies, Die Hard), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Jenn Gotzon (Hulk, Frost/Nixon). Doonby is produced by Riverhorse Entertainment.
“I’m really delighted about the release of Doonby in US theaters. It’s been a long haul and a labor of love for me, but I’m thrilled that I have been able to bring this to the screen with the help of some wonderful actors,” says Peter Mackenzie, Writer and Director of the film. “Doonby is a thought provoking mystery and one that I hope will stay in the minds of the viewer long after they leave the movie house.”
Doonby tells the story of Sam Doonby, a mysterious drifter who quickly becomes the talk of the small Texas town. He finds work at Leroy’s Country Blues Bar, where his musical talents make him a local celebrity, attracting the attention of the beautiful but spoiled Laura Reaper. Sam is strangely immune to the misfortunes of others, yet always around to prevent sudden disasters from happening. It’s not long before the narrow minded townsfolk become jealous and start to question his background and motives. But, it is Laura’s doubts that that cause Sam to vanish, leaving the locals to deal with some difficult admissions. Sam’s abrupt disappearance forces those he left behind to deal with some painful revelations and to question his mysterious arrival and departure.
Filmed in Smithville, Texas, Doonby features a special cameo performance from Norma McCorvey, the real-life plaintiff Jane Roe in the 1973 United States Supreme Court landmark case Roe v. Wade. This will be McCorvey’s first appearance in a motion picture.
Doonby is currently backed by a diverse grassroots marketing campaign led by Movie to Movement™, publicity and media buying in the faith-based market through FrontGate Media, and general market publicity through Rogers and Cowan. Additionally, FaithLauncher—a crowdfunding portal for faith-based projects—will spearhead funding efforts for the release through various promotions such as the “One Life Does Matter” campaign.
The film will be released through the crowdsourcing platform Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) that enables individuals, organizations and companies to host special events in theaters nationwide. Through Tugg, people are empowered to curate unique theatrical engagements with the support of their immediate and online community.
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About Riverhorse Entertainment LTD
Riverhorse Entertainment Ltd. is an Irish production company owned by husband and wife team, Peter and Sally Mackenzie, with offices in the United Kingdom and Texas. Founded in 1990, Riverhorse Entertainment develops feature projects and live stage productions. Doonby is just one of ten projects that they have in their portfolio. Other current features includes Finklestein’s Miracle, a comedic tale of redemption, and the film/stage musical The Face of a Woman, written by Brian Johnson of AC/DC, based on the story of Helen of Troy.