Special to Reflector-Chronicle
Covenant Films, LLC, Emmanuel Pictures, BDS Productions, LLC and Eagle Communications Systems, Inc. jointly announce the movie “Can We Talk?” will be broadcast Sunday evening, 7 TO 10 P.M. Sept. 29 across the Eagle Cable System as a made for television movie.
The movie “Can We Talk?” was filmed in 2008 with scenes shot at the Dickinson County Courthouse, First United Methodist Church in Chapman, various locations in Chapman, the Kansas Auto Racing Museum and Whiskey Lake Raceway at the north edge of Marshall Army Airfield at Fort Riley.
Filming for the movie ended less than one week before an EF3 tornado struck Chapman in June of 2008 destroying the tree cover, homes, First United Methodist Church, Funeral Home, Lutheran Church, schools and the school administration center. Kenny Wetzel, President of Emmanuel Pictures states, “Filming for the movie “Can We Talk?” ended less than one week before the tornado hit Chapman. Had we not finished filming before the tornado devastated Chapman, we would not have been able to finish the filming and the movie would never have been completed.
The movie script was written by Doug Thompson and filmed as a joint effort between Covenant Films, Emmanuel Pictures and BDS Productions. The film featured Nathan Dibben, Carey Mock, Jody Waldrop and Taylor Thompson in the major roles. Nathan Dibben was a senior at Chapman High School at the time of the filming. He is now a professional actor based in Dallas. Since completing the film, he graduated from college at Millikin. Carey Mock was a music minister formerly at Emmanuel Church in Abilene but is now a professional actor in Kansas City. Jody Waldrop had previously been a youth minister at Emmanuel Church in Abilene but at the time of filming was a worship leader at a church at Firestone, Colorado. Taylor Thompson was a seventh grader at Abilene Middle School. She is now a senior at Abilene High School.
Following the tornado, the film footage was set aside as efforts were redirected to rebuilding Chapman. Editing on the movie began in the winter of 2009 with the world premiere of the movie held at Emmanuel Church in Abilene. The movie was shared with other Methodist Churches across the state with extremely well received reviews. American Family Association reviewed the movie and stated:
"’Can We Talk’? focuses on Nate, an 18-year-old high school sentior who believes in his 12-year-old sister but not in himself. To provide for her, he sacrifices all he has - and some of what other have, which gets him sent to court. Aaron sees Nate in the courtroom and is led by God to help him. Through their friendship both are brought closer to Jesus.
“It is a low budget film, and the production is lacking when compared to that of major league films. However, as the story and characters grow, so do the actors.
“Once the villain appears and the major conflict is developed, viewers will be eager for each new scene. It is family friendly, promoting forgiveness, friendship , second chances and trusting in God." Reviewed by Teddy James, AFA
The movie featured music by Bill Withers, “Lean on Me.” then newcomer Chris Tomlin and a Christian Band that was just forming called “Cloverton”. Chris Tomlin is now a major star in the Christian Music field and “Cloverton” of Manhattan is rapidly becoming a nationally known Christian band.
Covenant Films President Doug Thompson stated. “I am proud of the ‘Can We Talk?’ project. Many good people used their vacation time to help with the making of the show by serving as extras and part of the production team. Many donated money and other assets to help the project be completed.” Thompson added, “The movie was produced with a budget of less than $40,000. We had no time for rehearsals, but had to rely upon the expertise of the four main actors. We walked through the scenes, explained the concept and immediately went to filming. The music for the movie turned out to be excellent as Chris Tomlin was just getting to be well known in the Christian Music field, “Cloverton” was just getting started as was the production company.”
The movie will be presented in the Turner Classic format. The producer will explain how the concept for the movie was developed, talk about the events behind the scenes and update the marketing of the movie and future plans.
“We are going to work diligently to get the word out to all of the churches within the Eagle Cable System territory to get the word out to the congregations to watch the show or better yet, to build an event at the local church to watch the movie.” Thompson said.
For those wanting additional information concerning the movie, go to the website at CanWeTalkTheMovie.com or contact Covenant Films at 785-922-6642 or email email@example.com.