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

 

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THE SISTINE SECRETS

Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

 

Lightcatcher Studios is producing an exciting new mini-series based on the New York Times bestseller by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, now 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, still relevant for our times.

 

PRODUCED BY JIM LONG, DAN GORDON and STEVEN POSEN

ADAPTED BY DAN GORDON

 

                             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

 

“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

 

From the USA Today Best-Seller 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.

 

 

PRODUCED BY JIM LONG, STEVEN POSEN AND GORDON L. ROTTMAN from a SCREENPLAY BY STEVE SEALE.

 

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 first novel from the popular 'Ride" book series and all are available from Amazon .

 

 

 

KATSA

 

A retired Mossad asset is called out of retirement to investigate a puzzling homicide. His probe reunites him with old friends and even older enemies who all want the same thing...a mysterious artifact lost since the time of King Solomon.

 

Screenplay By Steve Seale

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.

 

Screenplay by Steven Harrigan, based on his novel

 

PRAISE FOR ARANSAS, THE NOVEL

 

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

—Kirkus Reviews

 

"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 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. It's available from Amazon.

BOOK OF PLAGUES

 

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

 

Screenplay By Steve Seale and Jordan Bolinger

SOLDIER OF THE HEART

Inspired by the true-life story of Texan Nick Lundy whose childhood dreams were fueled by stirring tales of valor and bravery under fire, of those who fought for what was right and protected the innocent. During the Viet Nam conflict, Nick was a tough but beloved leader and often worked under cover. After the war, he returned to Texas and pursued a career as a juvenile court judge in Dallas. The war was behind him but its effects were not and Nick fought his biggest battle of all--against the painful ravages of Agent Orange.

 

Based on a true story.

Screenplay by Peggy Lundy and Jim Long

 

THE  ORPHAN  QUEEN

 

The Biblical account of Esther has been adapted for 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 historical sources, 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