Where Hope Grows Interview with Jackie Watson
Written & Directed by Chris Dowling
Starring Kristoffer Polaha, Billy Zabka, Brooke Burns, Kerr Smith, Michael Grant, Alan Powell with Danica McKellar and McKaley Miller and introducing David DeSanctis as “Produce”
WHERE HOPE GROWS is an inspiring story about Calvin Campbell (Kristoffer Polaha), a professional baseball player who was sent to an early retirement due to panic attacks at the
plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life has thrown him. Today, Calvin sleepwalks through his days and copes with the challenge of raising his teenage daughter (McKaley Miller). As his life heads in a downward spiral, it is suddenly awakened and invigorated by the most unlikely person – Produce (David DeSanctis), a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.
As Calvin slowly loses the chip on his shoulder, he begins to see the world through Produce’s eyes. Calvin’s life begins to regain purpose and meaning as their friendship develops. The unlikely pair become intertwined in a way that gives Calvin a renewed perspective on the future. But their friendship is put to the ultimate test when an unexpected tragedy occurs due to a single decision echoed from Calvin’s past. WHERE HOPE GROWS is a film about finding redemption through faith, hope and love.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
CHRIS DOWLING (Writer/Director) received his degree in Radio-Television- Film from The University of Texas at Austin. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has optioned multiple properties that span both genre and medium. He wrote and directed his first feature in 2009, the award-winning noir comedy “Rock Slyde” starring Patrick Warburton.
Chris’ feature film “Where Hope Grows” (writer/director) will be released in theaters on May 15 through Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate Entertainment. His Sony film “The Remaining” (writer) premiered in theaters worldwide in September 5, 2014. He’s in post-production on the documentary “Asperger’s Are Us” about the first comedy troupe that consists entirely of openly Autistic performers.
He is currently working on the feature film “Priceless” with the Grammy-Award winning band for King & Country. Other projects that are in development with other producers and/or companies are “The Truth of Isaiah,” “Undone” and the sci-fi pilot “Prospect Point.” He has created and sold four unscripted television shows over the past four years.