IN  DEVELOPMENT

Lightcatcher Studios is currently developing an exciting slate of narrative and non-fiction projects

 

Scroll down for a look at our exciting upcoming films and documentaries

THE SISTINE SECRETS

Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

 

Lightcatcher Studios is developing a mini-series based on the New York Times bestseller by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, that has been published in 25 countries and translated into 16 languages. According to the authors, Michelangelo’s knowledge of the ancient, sacred teachings from the Torah, as well as Kabbalah, compelled him to embed profound messages into his magnificent fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Our series will probe this monumental work to reveal Michelangelo as both a master artist as well as a secret spokesman for religious truths which have special relevance for our times.

 

THE SISTINE SECRETS Docu-Series is being produced by Jim Long, Dan Gordon and Steven Posen. Dan Gordon will adapt the book.

 

                                  Raves for the Book

Just as the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of art, so will this book change forever the way to view and, above all, to understand the work Michelangelo!”

    - Enrico Bruschini, Officicial Art Historian for the U.S. Embassy in Rome

 

This book of astounding revelations is built on careful scholarship, lucid exposition, and is, above all, compelling reading.”

           - Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting and A Civil Action

 

“Like the best art historians, the authors give us a fresh context for the times, never hesitating to make contemporary parallels…This is a stimulating exploration that makes familiar masterpieces seem strange and new.”   – LA Times

 

Fascinating.... Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner appear to have few equals when it comes to the history and detail of the fresco.

A readable and informative piece of work.”    - Manchester Evening News

 

THE SISTINE SECRETS IS AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.COM

THE HARDEST RIDE

Based on the USAToday Best-Selling Western Novel by Gordon L. Rottman that has spawned the popular 'Ride" book series. THE HARDEST RIDE unfolds in the autumn of 1865, a time of hardship for Texas ranches. It's the story of young cowboy Bud Eugen, who  befriends Marta, a brave mute Mexican girl, left for dead after her parents are killed by renegades. The two bond during an arduous trek across Texas. After finding work on a ranch, Marta is kidnapped by violent pistoleros. Bud knows Marta is intelligent, tough and resourceful, but she's no match for her savage captors. Bud saddles up in pursuit, hoping he's not too late.

 

Screenplay by Steve Seale, based on the novel by Gordon. L. Rottman.

Produced by Steven Posen, Jim Long and Gordon L. Rottman

 

THE HARDEST RIDE has been honored with the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Western Novel. It was also a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist for Best First Western Novel, as well as a Finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Traditional Western Novel.

 

THE HARDEST RIDE is the original

source  for the popular 'Ride' book series.

 

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FROM

      AMAZON. COM

 

A R A N S A S

It is the 1970s and Jeff Dowling returns to the Gulf Coast to help a family friend open a “porpoise circus” but Jeff's affection for the mysterious creatures and the love of a pretty marine biologist are the catalysts for a life changing decision.

 

The film will be produced by Eric A. Williams, Stephen Harrigan and Jim Long. Screenplay is by Stephen Harrigan, based on his novel.

 

PRAISE FOR ARANSAS, THE NOVEL

 

"Mysterious, noble, astounding, and quite powerful. . . "

—Kirkus Reviews

 

"In this remarkable first novel, Harrigan. . . has a sharp eye for observing man, beast, seashore, and town in a vividly drawn setting."

—Publishers' Weekly

 

"A sensitive, enormously evocative first novel in a spare but warm prose style that immerses us in atmosphere as insistently as it does the plot. . . Harrigan is a splendid novelist."      —Houston Post

 

"Aransas has several surprises, including dramatic suspense, counterculture revisionism, and what must be considered dolphin revisionism.  More, Harrigan has written an acute American regional novel. . . "

—The Village Voice

 

"The final pages of Aransas compel your interest as completely as any thriller and gain from the fact that the conflict involved is at least as much moral as it is physical.  As a novelist, Harrigan doesn't take the easy way, even when it beckons."—The Kansas City Star

 

"The sureness and poise of this first novel are as remarkable as the sharpness, oddity and clarity of its feelings. . . Aransas is an elegant debut."      —Newsweek

 

"Harrigan's eye for locale and its effect is superb, particularly his descriptions of the muddy, littered coast. . ."

—The Washington Post Book World

 

READ STEPHEN HARRIGAN'S  NOVEL, ARANSAS,  AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON

 

BOOK OF PLAGUES

An ancient artifact is looted from a hidden tomb is used by an unscrupulous family to gain wealth and the unimaginable power to unleash plagues.

 

An original Screenplay By Steve Seale and Jordan Bolinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLDIER OF THE HEART

Inspired by the true-life story of Texan Nick Lundy and Peggy, the woman who loved him. As a youngster Nick's childhood dreams were fueled by stirring tales of valor and courage under fire. His role models were those who fought for what was right and protected the innocent. During the Viet Nam conflict, he became a tough but beloved leader, often working under cover.  Following the war, Nick returned to Dallas for a career as a juvenile court judge. Though the war was behind him, he built a new life with Peggy, while fighting his biggest battle of all--against the painful ravages of Agent Orange.

 

Based on a True Story

Screenplay by Peggy Lundy and Jim Long

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATSA

A retired Mossad asset is called out of retirement to investigate a puzzling homicide of a former agent. His search for answers leads to an ancient artifact and a web of political intrigue.

 

An Original Screenplay by Steve Seale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE  ORPHAN  QUEEN

The Biblical account of Esther has been portrayed on the big screen and television countless times but never with the visual splendor or the faithfulness this sweeping epic drama deserves.

 

THE ORPHAN QUEEN is the story of Hadassah, an intelligent and strikingly beautiful Jewish girl raised in the household of the beloved teacher Mordechai. When Persia's Queen Vashti is dethroned, Hadassah is plucked from obscurity to take Vashti's place. She is thrust into a world of palace intrigue, shifting loyalties and dangerous power struggles.

 

The screenplay by Jim Long, based on the Biblical book of Esther, is a vivid melding of Persian history, the Megillah of Esther and little-known Rabbinic commentaries that expand our understanding of the cultural and political realities women faced in that ancient era. It is also the story of a brave young Jewish girl who challenged an empire to save her people from annihilation.

 

Screenplay by Jim Long, adapted from The Book of Esther