Look Who's Kicking Off Their Shoes for Shoeless Wonders...
CEO of Moore & Giles Inc.
“I think Lynchburg has a unique story to tell that will resonate with the rest of the world, especially with young people. What a rare opportunity for Lynchburg to share a unique part of its history in a way that not many communities get a chance to do and we have to take advantage of it. Our community has a responsibility to help support that effort every way that we can, especially financially and Moore and Giles sees it (investment) as a Mission appropriate outreach to serve our community.”
Former college (Virginia Tech) and NFL football player (Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins), assistant coach at Jefferson Forest HS.
“SHOELESS WONDERS exemplifies many of the great lessons that team sports teach our youth. Hard work, determination and teamwork are critical traits of all great teams. The ability to overcome adversity and achieve greatness together is something we can all learn from."
Executive Director at Academy Center of the Arts, founder of Endstation Theatre Company
“What is wonderful about this film is that it will inspire the next generation of artists right here in our very own community. SHOELESS WONDERS shows us that Inspiration for artistic expression is right here in our own city, in our own history, and in our own stories. “
Erica Arvold (and team)
CSA Casting Director; Lincoln, Loving, House of Cards, Rudy, A League of Their Own, etc.
“SHOELESS WONDERS is an important story and it will resonate with many, including actors. We can't wait to pair well-known actors with the lead roles, and help shape the ensemble of kids with local and regional young actors who have a passion for both story and screen. Being involved in community-based filmmaking is one of our favorite things - let's make this happen!”
Dr. Charles Catalano
“This investment is the Proverbial Win-Win situation. The majority of our investment will go back into the local economy.The movie will showcase Lynchburg, which will surely turn into tourism dollars. We get ownership of a uplifting, family movie which will be part of our legacy for generations. We get to hang with and interact with the creative & artistic world for a spell. Finally, to top it off, we have the potential for long term returns.”
Glen, Jimmy and Cliff Thomas
Brothers, former Presbyterian Home residents and Shoeless Wonders (’46-’58), successful local businessmen
"Our idea of family would be completely different from the traditional definition and includes anyone who shares a special closeness with each other. By the time we were old enough (not necessarily big enough) to play barefoot football, we were VERY aware of the story and tradition of the Shoeless Wonders, playing shoeless and winning, that we were very motivated to be a part of it. Playing for the Shoeless Wonders reinforced everything else we learned at the Home, including sharing, respecting and getting along with each other.”
Vice President & General Counsel at AREVA
“As a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, I could not help but see the similarities between the fraternity of boys of the Presbyterian Boys Home who were the Shoeless Wonders and the experience of young cadets at VMI. Forging strong and lasting bonds by coming together to reach a common goal in the face of adversity epitomizes the VMI experience, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help promote this film and its themes which will positively impact the Lynchburg community on many levels, economically and culturally.”
Sara Elizabeth Timmins
Producer of SHOELESS WONDERS, founder and Creative Director/Producer of Life Out Loud Films
“There is a shortage of wholesome, inspiring, family friendly films and since Hollywood is not focusing on making this kind of content, indie filmmakers must. SHOELESS WONDERS is a film that will fill this growing need and is also extremely timely given the division in our country today. This film is one of hope and boys coming together despite different backgrounds, beliefs and circumstances to accomplish the extraordinary. I love that Lynchburg can tell a local story while also filling a need for positive family friendly films and sharing some hope with the world.”
President and CEO, Bank of the James
“This story has to be told to the world as it captures the importance of family, community and sports- let’s rally around the flag here and get it done!”
Rebecca Rogers Nelson
SHOELESS WONDERS screenwriter, adoptive mom; worked in NYC & LA before relocating to Lynchburg, VA
"Writing Shoeless Wonders went beyond researching Lynchburg’s history and brushing up on my football; it was revelatory! Hearing the true stories of Shoeless Wonders (from the 1950’s-60’s) and walking the grounds, cottages and barns of the Presbyterian Home was like stepping through a portal into the world of an orphan and the wonder of childhood. It was an honor to imagine and craft the story of these orphans who proved that being family goes beyond the circumstances of birth."
CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer at Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
“SHOELESS WONDERS will showcase the people, talent, resources, and natural beauty of the Lynchburg Region. Telling one of the Lynchburg Region’s most compelling stories will captivate a worldwide audience, effectively market our area and capture and communicate the Lynchburg Region’s unique spirit of generosity and community. It’s a feel-good story about a feel-good place. My support tends to follow the lead of the motto in the FIELD OF DREAMS, “If you build it, they will come.” I feel the same way about producing Shoeless Wonders as a feature film, “If you produce it, they will come!”
Senior Vice President and President of Acute Care Services, Centra Health; Board Chairman, HumanKind
“I believe the future is brighter when we learn from and honor the past in a way that inspires us to overcome the challenges in life. The story of the Shoeless Wonders does just that. In my work at Centra Health we care for individuals, our communities and our region by serving. It is for this reason I find a great crossover between my work at Centra and my role as Board Chair at HumanKind. I want to encourage everyone to learn about SHOELESS WONDERS and support this inspiring story being shared with the rest of the world.”
Thanks to our special supporters Thomas and Irene Brock, Moore & Giles