George Escobar (Advent Film Group) and Cheryl Ariaz Wicker had the chance earlier this year to speak about projects that George is currently working on, including the theatrical release of “Alone Yet Not Alone”, scheduled for June 13th. A successful limited release last year brought attention to the film, but then the entertainment world really took notice due to a controversial Oscar nomination. The beautiful hymn and theme song, “Alone Yet Not Alone”, sung by the remarkable Joni Eareckson Tada was nominated by the Academy Awards for “Best Song” only the have the nomination later rescinded before the event. While it was a disappointment that the nomination was not reinstated, there was a lot of interest in the film and anticipation for the wide release in the wake of the unexpected publicity.
The film is based on the true story of Barbara Leininger and her family and friends following the capture of Barbara and sister, Regina, during the French and Indian Wars in 1755. This is a story of how their faith in God permitted them to remain strong and courageous through the loss of family, being held in captivity, and even when the sisters were cruelly separated from one another. Starring Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, and Tony Wade, the film was written by James Richards and George Escobar. George was also co-director with Ray Bengston.
George also shared about an upcoming documentary, “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell.” This the true story of Anita Dittman, a Holocaust survivor. Based on the book, written by Ms. Dittman and Jan Markell, this tells the story of Ditman’s experiences, including her conversion to Christianity. Today she is active in speaking to others about her incredible experiences.
On a lighter note, Escobar is also working on a comedy. Entitled, “The Newlyweds”, this is the story of 2 brothers who are estranged, but end up at the same location for their honeymoons. Will the brothers be able to put their differences behind them? This faith-based comedy will remind us all of the importance of family and marriage.