Summer of ’67 is a Vietnam War love story based on real events. My dad was aboard the USS Forrestal when it caught fire on July 29, 1967. Growing up, I heard the stories and wondered what it must have been like for those sweethearts, wives, and moms as they watched the news but had no idea whether their men were alive, injured, or killed. Summer of ’67 is my way to introduce younger generations to the complexities of the Vietnam War and the turbulent sixties. It’s told from a female perspective, focusing not on the war, but on the loved ones left behind and the struggles faced back on the homefront.
As we count down to the theatrical release of Summer of ’67, I’ll be interviewing some of the cast and crew members, and I’m kicking off with Eleanor Brown. She plays a supporting role as Mama Sooze in Summer of ’67. You may remember her from her role as Kayla Hayes in Courageous. She’s a wonderfully sweet soul as well as a great actress.
It is with great excitement that I announce that we have a release date for Summer of ’67! On June 29 Summer of ’67 will officially release at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 in Nashville, Tennessee. It will screen for a full week. If it does well, it can continue for another week. And it will continue screening as long as it’s doing well. No small task since we’re releasing in the summer amidst blockbuster movies, but we’ll be doing everything in our power to keep it showing just as long as we can.
As part of my continuing coverage of Wild Faith, I’m excited to talk with Melissa Anschutz, actress and co-producer of the film. Melissa majored in theatre with a minor in literature at CMU and WMU. She’s performed in 26 films, five television series, and several commercials. I love that she produced her first theatrical show when she was seven.
Lauren LaStrada, is a professional actress, singer, ordained minister and published author who studied classical piano, violin, French horn, competitive figure skating and is a former student of the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. She’s also the leading lady in the new movie Wild Faith. She does a fabulous job as Haddie, a freed slave struggling to find her place during the Reconstruction era.
In February 2015 we had the opportunity to watch an early screener of War Room with Alex and Stephen Kendrick. From the moment Karen Abercrombie entered the screen as Mrs. Clara, I was a fan. She was so feisty and fun and she expressed her faith in such an authentic way. Since then, I’ve followed Karen’s career and was excited to discover that she’s now working on her own movie called Just Grace.
Tricia Gunn is the Founder of Parresia and the author of the book Unveiling Jesus. She’s also co-host of A Real View of the Grace Life, a new tv show making its debut on LeSEA Broadcasting Network. When we met up at NRB Convention, she talked about her book, her ministry, and her tv show.
Kathleen Cooke is one busy woman! She’s a media executive, Hollywood Screen Actor’s Guild actor, speaker, writer, and founding partner and VP of Cook Pictures, a media production company in Burbank, California. I caught up with her at NRB Convention and got to learn more about her world travels and her latest book, Hope 4 Today.
Authors are always told to write what they know. That can be challenging for writers to create fictional stories based on their own experiences, but Linda Fergerson accomplishes it in a unique way. She’s written a novel based on her story of abuse, but based in the biblical world. She explained about the inspiration and process in our interview at NRB Convention.