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February 5, 2019
LIGHTCATCHER STUDIOS SADDLES UP FOR 'THE HARDEST RIDE'
The rights to Gordon L. Rottman's multi-award winning Western novel, THE HARDEST RIDE, have been acquired by Lightcatcher Studios for development as a theatrical feature. The book has garnered praise from lovers of western fiction and was a USA Today Best-Seller. The book won the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best Western Novel and was Finalist in the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western Novel and honored by the Western Writers of America in their Best Traditional Western Novel category.
THE HARDEST RIDE unfolds during the harsh Texas autumn of 1865 and follows the adventures of Bud, a young cowboy who encounters Marta, a mute Mexican girl who survived a savage attack on her parents. Though Bud and Marta initially clash, they are forced to brave severe weather and roaming bands of renegades on their journey north along the Texas-Mexico border to work on a ranch. When the property is raided and Marta taken hostage, Bud gives chase. He knows Marta is intelligent and resourceful but hopes she can manage to survive until he catches up with her violent kidnappers.
Screenwriter Steve Seale ha adapted THE HARDEST RIDE for the screen and will be produced by Steven Posen, Jim Long and Gordon L. Rottman.
The original novel has spawned the popular 'Ride' series.
All are available from Amazon.com
May 29, 2018
DAN GORDON TO ADAPT THE SISTINE SECRETS FOR LIGHTCATCHER STUDIOS
Dan Gordon, best-known for penning The Hurricane, which garnered its star Denzel Washington an Oscar-nomination, has been attached as writer and showrunner for a new docu-series for Lightcatcher Studios' production of The Sistine Secrets, a New York Times bestseller written by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, already published in 26 countries and translated into 16 languages. Gordon, who first made his name as head writer of the original Highway to Heaven television. His adaptation of Rain Man, based on the Ocaar-winning film, opens soon on stage in London. In addition to adapting The Sistine Secrets as a multi-part series, Gordon serve as one of the project's producers.
The Sistine Secrets reveals how Michelangelo implanted sly visual references to illustrate the prejudice, censorship, and ignorance rampant in the corrupt papacy of his day, while also displaying the artist’s embrace of Jewish knowledge that opposed the anti-universalistic stance of the Vatican of his time. Using vivid cinematography, CGI recreations and emerging imaging techniques. Author Benjamin Blech says, "The Sistine Secrets will hopefully accomplish what Michelangelo desired centuries ago—to lead the eye of the beholder to the grandest truth of all, a vision of One God whose love extends to all of humankind."
May 1, 2018
LIGHTCATCHER STUDIOS TO REVEAL THE SISTINE SECRETS
Jim Long, head of Lightcatcher Studios is producing a new Docu-Series based on the New York Times Best-Seller The Sistine Secrets , now translated into 16 languages and published in 25 countries. According to the authors, Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, Michelangelo’s knowledge of the ancient, sacred teachings from the Torah, as well as Kabbalah, compelled him to embed profound messages into his magnificent frescoes within the Sistine Chapel. The 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.
RAVES FOR THE BOOK
“Just as the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of a 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 ON AMAZON.COM