Producers are putting finishing touches on THE GRACE CARD, an independent film focusing on racial reconciliation.  The film stars Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr., and was written by veteran screenwriter Howard A. Klausner, best known for the Warner Brothers hit, SPACE COWBOYS.

Gossett, who plays a civil rights pioneer and long-time minister in the movie, says the project perfectly reflects the mission of his Eracism Foundation, which he formed in 2006 to combat bigotry and intolerance.  Klausner also acts as producer for the film and says his vision is to “grow” the faith film genre by employing industry professionals to work alongside dedicated volunteers.

First-time director David Evans lives in Memphis, and chose to shoot the film in his hometown.  He and Klausner utilized the help of locals who formerly worked on Craig Brewer and John Grisham films.  Where talent or crew couldn’t be found in Memphis, the production team filled vacancies with Hollywood-based veterans.

“It’s a unique combination of volunteer and professional crew,” Memphis Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O’Guin told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’ve rarely seen such passion and dedication to a project.”

Music City also plays a role in this Tennessee-based film.  Top studio guitar player Brent Rowan is scoring the film and Nashville veteran Dan Pitts, manager of Grammy Award winning artist TobyMac, is supervising the music.

Agency representative Propeller Consulting will screen the movie for distributors later this month with planned release in late 2010 or early 2011.  Propeller is a faith and family branding agency based near Nashville, having worked on projects such as CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, FIREPROOF and FACING THE GIANTS.

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