Encinitas resident Scott Eastwood, the son of famous actor-director Clint Eastwood, made his own splash this summer with the release of “The Perfect Wave,” an international film about surfer-pastor Ian McCormack.
The younger Eastwood’s previous credits include “Gran Torino” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”
After its release on DVD in September, the movie’s director Bruce Macdonald said in interviews earlier this summer that he was pleased by the public’s response to the film, which had a limited release in July.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook from pastors and ministry leaders from all over the United States asking, ‘When is “The Perfect Wave” coming to my city?’”
In response, the filmmakers created a partnership with the grassroots website Tugg, which allows local communities to host their own screenings. San Diegans got the chance to see the film in late September after it was featured at the San Diego Film Festival.
Macdonald describes “The Perfect Wave,” which also stars Rachel Hendrix (“October Baby”) and Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”), as a “love story with four pillars:” a mother’s love, a young man’s love for surfing, first love, and most importantly, God’s love.
“This film shares the amazing story of God’s plan for Ian’s life and reminds viewers that no matter how far you run, you can never outrun God’s love,” he said.
In addition to “The Perfect Wave’s” invitation at the San Diego Film Festival, it was tapped for three awards at the 6th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival, bringing home the nod for Best Cinematography. www.theperfectwavefilm.com
Nigerian-born actor David Oyelowo is filming what is expected to be the biggest role of his career to date, portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in the Lee Daniels biopic, “Selma.”
According to Allied Faith & Family the movie also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah Winfrey and Carmen Ejogo. Oyeolow is in familiar territory, having also starred in Daniels’ “The Butler,” the 2013 hit which also featured Winfrey. Other credits include “The Last King of Scotland,” “Red Tails,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Lincoln.”
Open about his deep-seated Christian faith, Oyelowo, 38, took a leap of faith when moving his family from Britain to Los Angeles because of the limited amount of roles for black actors there.
In an interview last year with the UK’s The Independent Oyelowo acknowledged his committed relationship with God.
“I literally heard God speak to me about how much He loved me,” the actor said. “That voice never abated. Like any relationship, it becomes deeper. It’s a hard thing to explain—it’s like explaining love to someone who has never fallen in love.”
“Selma” will open in limited markets Christmas Day, with wide release planned for early January. www.paramount.com
DeVon Franklin, who brought “Heaven is for Real” as part of his role as senior vice president of production at Columbia Pictures, is in development with Sony Pictures Animation to develop “The Lamb,” a faith-based Nativity story with an all-animal cast, according to TheWrap.
The project is the first through the film executive’s new production company Franklin Entertainment. In addition to his work in Hollywood, Franklin also preaches.
According to TheWrap, Sony intends “to produce an inspiring, respectful and entertaining take on the famous Nativity story while remaining accessible to a broad audiences.” www.sonypicturesanimation.com