September 15, 2010

"Like Dandelion Dust," a New Indie Film Creating Nationwide Grassroots Buzz Opens Nationwide September 24th
Feature film debut for Kate Levering, Sacramento native tells the story of sacrificial love

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 15, 2010) -- "Like Dandelion Dust," a new film starring Sacramento native, Kate Levering, Academy Award® winner, Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe Nominee Barry Pepper, and Cole Hauser, opens nationwide on September 24, 2010.

Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, "Like Dandelion Dust" is a compelling drama that focuses on a young boy who lives an idyllic life with his parents on the coast of Florida. Joey’s days are spent playing with his cousins, sailing with his dad, and making up stories with his mom. It's a perfect life until the day they receive a disturbing phone call: a stranger's decision could tear Joey away from the comfort and security of the only home he's ever known. One family is determined to keep the son they love, the other is determined to begin a new life, the life they've always dreamed of. Joey's future rests in their hands and someone must make the bravest decision of their life. Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.

Kate Levering makes her big screen debut as the adoptive mother, Molly Campbell who is faced with the toughest decision of her life – how far will she go to protect her only son? Kate will be making an appearance at the Roseville Regal UA Olympus Pointe Cinema on Sunday afternoon, September 26 to sign autographs and exclusive posters from the movie.

Hundreds of grassroots groups have popped up around the country on Facebook demanding this film. Community leaders are sponsoring screens, inviting friends, mobilizing on Facebook to recruit people to buy tickets and bring the film to their town by popular demand.

Opening September 24, 2010 nationwide, "Like Dandelion Dust" is already the recipient of more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including:

• Las Vegas Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Feature, Grand Jury Best Feature, Best Actor for Barry Pepper)
• Heartland Film Festival (Audience Choice for Best Dramatic Feature)
• Vail Film Festival (Audience Choice for Best Feature)
• Sedona International Film Festival (Best Feature Jury Award)
• San Diego Film Festival (Best Actress for Mira Sorvino)
• Cinema City International Film Festival (Best Feature Jury Award)
• Deauville American Film Festival (Official Selection)
• Palm Springs International Film Festival (Best of the Fest)

"Like Dandelion Dust" (100 Minutes) stars Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Kate Levering, Cole Hauser, and introducing Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film was directed by Jon Gunn, and produced by Kevin Downes, Bobby Downes, and Kerry David. Executive produced by Chris Morrow and Geoff Ludlow. Karen Kingsbury's book was adapted for the big screen by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele (Ali, Nixon). The music for the film was composed by Nathan Larson (Boys Don't Cry).

About Blue Collar Releasing
Blue Collar Releasing is a hard-working distribution company serving independent and innovative films, gaining them the access and platform they deserve through full service distribution. BCR at its core, values family, loyalty and hard work from exceptionally talented people who are genuinely committed to a movie. The company consults, develops, assembles and executes plans for releasing high quality, inspiring films to theatrical and DVD markets.

For further information, please visit: http://www.LikeDandelionDust.com

September 15, 2010

AWARD WINNING FILM SHOT ON LOCATION IN JACKSONVILLE OPENS NATIONWIDE SEPTEMBER 24
"Like Dandelion Dust," a New Film Starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe Nominee Barry Pepper and Cole Hauser features Jacksonville locations and citizens as extras.

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 15, 2010) -- "Like Dandelion Dust," a new film starring Academy Award® winner, Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe Nominee Barry Pepper and Cole Hauser, opens nationwide on September 24, 2010. The film features the home of Ken Underwood, founder of Stereofame.com as well as beautiful water scenes that have been covered by sailtime.com. Elizabeth Nicole from Jacksonville served as the locations manager. Like Dandelion Dust was also the opening night film at the Jacksonville Film Festival.

Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, "Like Dandelion Dust" is a compelling drama that focuses on a young boy who lives an idyllic life with his parents on the coast of Florida. Joey’s days are spent playing with his cousins, sailing with his dad, and making up stories with his mom. It's a perfect life until the day they receive a disturbing phone call: a stranger's decision could tear Joey away from the comfort and security of the only home he's ever known. One family is determined to keep the son they love, the other is determined to begin a new life, the life they've always dreamed of. Joey's future rests in their hands and someone must make the bravest decision of their life. Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.

Producer Bobby Downes said “The Jacksonville crew was extremely professional. We shot on about 25 locations around the area – each one providing a perfect backdrop for this story. I can’t imagine a better place to have filmed this movie.”

Opening September 24, 2010 nationwide, "Like Dandelion Dust" is already the recipient of more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including:

• Las Vegas Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Feature, Grand Jury Best Feature, Best Actor for Barry Pepper)
• Heartland Film Festival (Audience Choice for Best Dramatic Feature)
• Vail Film Festival (Audience Choice for Best Feature)
• Sedona International Film Festival (Best Feature Jury Award)
• San Diego Film Festival (Best Actress for Mira Sorvino)
• Cinema City International Film Festival (Best Feature Jury Award)
• Deauville American Film Festival (Official Selection)
• Palm Springs International Film Festival (Best of the Fest)

"Like Dandelion Dust" (100 Minutes) stars Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Kate Levering, and introducing Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film was directed by Jon Gunn, and produced by Kevin Downes, Bobby Downes, and Kerry David. Executive produced by Chris Morrow and Geoff Ludlow. Karen Kingsbury's book was adapted for the big screen by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele (Ali, Nixon). The music for the film was composed by Nathan Larson (Boys Don't Cry).

About Blue Collar Releasing
Blue Collar Releasing is a hard-working distribution company serving independent and innovative films, gaining them the access and platform they deserve through full service distribution. BCR at its core, values family, loyalty and hard work from exceptionally talented people who are genuinely committed to a movie. The company consults, develops, assembles and executes plans for releasing high quality, inspiring films to theatrical and DVD markets.

For further information, please visit: http://www.LikeDandelionDust.com To book an interview with Bobby Downes, or local Jacksonville contacts, contact: Penny Hunter hunterpg@gmail.com
To screen the movie, register for credentials at www.bluecollarreleasing.com/press

September 10, 2010

Kerusso Chosen as Official Apparel Partner for New Film: Like Dandelion Dust

Berryville, AR—Vic Kennett, CEO/President of Kerusso, the premier producer of Christian- themed apparel in the U.S., has announced the selection of Kerusso as the official apparel partner for Like Dandelion Dust, the new film based on the novel by New York Times best- selling author Karen Kingsbury.

Winner of more than thirty film festival awards, including a dozen Audience Choice Awards for Best Picture, and recipient of the HEARTLAND TRULY MOVING PICTURE AWARD, Like Dandelion Dust, may be "the next Blind Side" according to USA WEEKEND.

Starring Academy Award® Winner Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe® Nominee Barry Pepper, and introducing child actor, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Like Dandelion Dust is the story of one family determined to keep the son they love, and another determined to begin a new life, the life they've always dreamed.

This powerful movie opens on screens nationwide on September 24th. Like Dandelion Dust (www.likedandeliondust.com) is being brought to local cinemas by popular demand of grassroots fans of Karen Kingsbury’s work.

“We are so excited to be a part of this wonderful film,” says Kerusso CEO/President Vic Kennett. “Our T-shirt and tote designs, which were determined by a Facebook poll with Kingsbury fans, will not only promote the movie, but also the incredible message behind it as well: Sometimes the greatest love is in letting go.” A portion of the sales of the T-shirt and totes will also be directed toward orphan care in Haiti.

Kerusso is taking their partnership and support of the movie to another level by sponsoring a movie screening in Rogers, AR. Kennett said, “After seeing clips from the Like Dandelion Dust and hearing the mission behind the movie I knew it was something that the residents of Northwest Arkansas needed to see and experience and I wanted to ensure they would have the opportunity.” Bobby Downes, one of the producers of Like Dandelion Dust says, “Kerusso is everything we wanted in an apparel partner - a market leader, and the very best at what they do.” Like Dandelion Dust T-shirts and totes are available at retailers nationwide. Find out more about Like Dandelion Dust apparel and totes at www.Kerusso.com.

About Kerusso:
Founded in 1987, Kerusso’s passion to share the gospel of Jesus through innovative product continues to this day. For more than two decades, Kerusso has been the premier producer of Christian apparel. Based in Berryville, Arkansas, Kerusso is a major contributor to the local economy. Kerusso merchandise is available in more than 7,000 retailers nationwide. The Kerusso Light House store apparel merchandising system is currently housed in more than 2,000 stores across the nation.

For more information visit www.likedandeliondust.com
Chris Roslan Chris@drcpublicrelations.com
FOR INFORMATION & INTERVIEW REGARDING KERUSSO
CONTACT: Pamela Rivera at privera@kerusso.com or call 870/423-6242 x 306



August 9, 2010

"Like Dandelion Dust" Social Media Campaign Already Yielding Big Results
Buzz Surrounding The Film's Release Grows As Online Fan Community Boosts The Trailer To Fandango's Top Spot

NEW YORK -"Like Dandelion Dust," the critically-praised independent film starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, due out in theaters September 24, is the top rated trailer on Fandango.com, surpassing it's blockbuster competition. The film's newly-released extended trailer soared past other big studio film trailers such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Eat, Pray, Love" and the week's highest grossing film, "Inception," thanks to a strong-and growing-online fan community organizing on Facebook.

Last month, Blue Collar Releasing, launched a "Demand It" campaign for "Like Dandelion Dust" on Facebook, whereby fans mobilize to lobby for the film to come to a theatre in their city "by popular demand." The response has been enormous-with groups forming at a rate faster than Blue Collar can even keep up with. Blue Collar says they're taking advantage of both a sea change in the way films are marketed-relying on buzz within social networking communities rather than big budget ad-buys-as well as an extremely passionate built-in fan base. "Like Dandelion Dust" is based on the book of the same name by New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury, whose devoted fans are turning out by the thousands to "Demand It" in their city. Kingsbury has more than 100,000 fans on Facebook, and a relationship with readers that treats them more like friends than consumers.

Hundreds of geographic fan "teams" have formed online to demand "Like Dandelion Dust."

"Social networking has really changed the rules and we're starting to see how effective viral fan-based campaigns like this can be to democratize the offerings at your local theater," said "Like Dandelion Dust" producer Bobby Downes of Blue Collar Releasing. "As a small independent film company, we simply don't have the resources to market a film, in the traditional sense, the same way that a major Hollywood studio does. But we do have at least one invaluable resource-Karen Kingsbury's fans. And by giving them a tool with which to organize and make their collective voices heard, we know that will be vital to the commercial success of this film." Downes believes we'll see more films putting the power of theater selection and opening weekend success in the hands of film goers - that it's no longer prudent or effective to focus solely on number of screens and a wide release. But, instead, by targeting fan affinity and listening to the market smaller films can garner better fan support.

For more information on the upcoming film, "Like Dandelion Dust" (September 24, 2010), please visit: www.likedandeliondust.com.

To "Demand It!" in your city, please visit: http://www.likedandeliondust.com/map.html

For more information on Karen Kingsbury, please visit: www.karenkingsbury.com.
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CONTACT: Chris Roslan
Dera, Roslan & Campion Public Relations
212-966-4600
chris@drcpublicrelations.com



May 27, 2010

Like Dandelion Dust Opens Nationwide September 24th

Synopsis
Based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, "Like Dandelion Dust" is a compelling drama that focuses on a young boy who lives an idyllic life with his parents on the coast of Florida. Joey's days are spent playing with his cousins, sailing with his dad, and making up stories with his mom. It's a perfect life until the day they receive a disturbing phone call: a stranger's decision could tear Joey away from the comfort and security of the only home he's ever known. One family is determined to keep the son they love, the other is determined to begin a new life, the life they've always dreamed of. Joey's future rests in their hands and someone must make the bravest decision of their life. Sometimes the greatest love is letting go.

Awards
Opening September 24, 2010 nationwide, "Like Dandelion Dust" is already the recipient of more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including:


About the Film
"Like Dandelion Dust" (100 Minutes) stars Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Cole Hauser, Kate Levering, and introducing Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film was directed by Jon Gunn, and produced by Kevin Downes, Bobby Downes, and Kerry David. Executive produced by Chris Morrow and Geoff Ludlow. Karen Kingsbury's book was adapted for the big screen by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele (Ali, Nixon). The music for the film was composed by Nathan Larson (Boys Don't Cry).



May 26, 2010

Life Imitates Art
Producer of Like Dandelion Dust Adopts Son from Haiti

by Angela Walker

Kevina and Catherine Downes and adopted son from HaitiKevin and Catherine Downes wanted a family, but like so many couples, their path to parenthood was anything but smooth. In 2007, after trying unsuccessfully to have their own biological child, they made the decision for adoption.

Kevin and his brother Bobby, both film producers, had been in talks with New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury about adapting her story Like Dandelion Dust for a feature film, and spent a lot of time with the author and her family. Karen and her husband have six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.

The time with Karen influenced more than Kevin's work. "After spending time with Karen and her family, my wife and I realized that adoption was something we wanted to do," said Kevin, "So we began the process to become adoptive parents..."

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May 19, 2010

Life-Changing Fiction™ Becomes Life-Changing Feature Film
Best-Selling Novel "Like Dandelion Dust" to Release in Theaters September 2010

by: Angela Walker

LIKE DANDELION DUST is the first feature film created from a novel by Karen Kingsbury, America's #1 inspirational author. With more than 10 million copies of her 40-plus award-winning books in print, nine of which hit #1 on national best-selling lists, Karen's novels have long attracted film and television producers. After five years of meetings and discussions with the producers, Kingsbury signed motion picture rights over to producers Bobby and Kevin Downes, and the process of adapting her novel for the screen began.

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