LIMA — The Lima-area landscape will be on display nationwide as “A Walk With Grace,” a faith-based movie filmed entirely in the area, will be available for purchase Tuesday.
The movie will be available via digital download, DVD or Blue-Ray across Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Dish, DirecTV, Christian Cinema, Vudu, Vubiquity, Fandango Now and InDemand.
“A Walk With Grace” had its big-screen premiere Wednesday at Wapa Theater, where it will also be shown at 4 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
“We need to move the needle. I was told yesterday, it’s been drilled into my head that if we don’t sell well in the month of November, we will be stillborn,” said writer, director and producer Nick Kellis, of Lima. “We are working on getting it out Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day on the major streaming video platforms, but that won’t happen unless people purchase our movie.”
“A Walk With Grace” follows Nate Lassiter, L.A. businessman, who returns to his hometown in Ohio to sell his family’s factory when a divine intervention reconnects him with his first love, Grace. The movie stars Ashley Bratcher, David Lee Smith, Stephen Baldwin and Jason London.
A sneak preview of an earlier version of the film was shown April 2018 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. Since this version, Kellis said the color and sound quality has been improved, key moments have been touched up, over six minutes have been cut and new footage has been added. While filming, he said the movie put $100,000 into the local economy.
“The big thing, in my opinion, is that it took five years to get to this day and to next Tuesday,” Kellis said. “This is our time to really push Lima/Allen county to the world.”
He said the film was intentionally made to be a “showcase piece” for the area.
“We crafted a piece of media that is poised to go nationwide and worldwide. … We showcase the town in the best possible ways,” he said. “It’s about retaining our youth so they don’t leave the community, getting people to come here that say it might be a small town or not the right town for me.”
Local spots that can be seen throughout the movie include Lima Town Square, the Meeting Place on Market, Trinity United Methodist Church, Vino Bellisimo and even Kellis’ home.
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