Monday, November 1, 2010

Michael W. Smith's company snags funding for first feature film

A Franklin-based film company founded by Christian artist Michael W. Smith and his son said it has secured funding for its first feature film After, which is slated for release by early fall next year.
Seabourne Pictures, a subsidiary of The MWS Group, got the funding from Quite Quick Productions, an international film production company comprised of American, British and German producers.

Details of the funding weren’t disclosed.

Production of After, including principal photography, is expected to begin this fall in Birmingham, Decatur, and surrounding areas in Alabama. Actors Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra are cast in starring roles.

After will mark the feature directorial debut of Ryan Smith, who co-founded Seabourne in 2004 with his father. After is based on an original script by Ryan Smith, who has produced and directed short films and music videos.

Brandon Gregory, vice president of production at Seabourne, and Sabyn Mayfield, will co-produce After.

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