a feature film inspired by real events
Sara Elizabeth Timmins
Sara Elizabeth TImmins is a savvy businessperson and producer whose gift for relationship and community building sets her movies apart. In 2008, she established Life Out Loud Films to balance business and art to create quality, inspiring films that make a positive impact behind the scenes and champion women in film. Her tenacity and drive first made an impression on the Virginia filmmaking community with the success of LAKE EFFECTS (starring Jane Seymour), which can be seen on the Hallmark Channel and in over 30 countries. She recently co-produced/line-produced the feature COMING THROUGH THE RYE (distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and released theatrically) with Chris Cooper playing legendary J.D Salinger, and WISH YOU WELL, based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci (starring Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas and Mackenzie Foy) on Starz/Showtime.
She is currently in development on several films including Shoeless Wonders, an inspirational sports drama based on a true Lynchburg, VA story. Some past films include Tattered Angel (Lynda Carter), the ABC regional TV movie Skin Complex and Rosabella, a ballet based on a children’s book. In 2010, Sara Elizabeth was inducted into the Opportunity Hall of Fame for her contribution through filmmaking to economic development in Virginia and in the same year was presented the ‘Regional Advocate Award’ by the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber for her impact. She is also a Qualified Independent Producer for NBCUniversal/IFTA, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a judge for the Lynchburg 48 hour film project. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Xavier University and relocated to Los Angeles to follow her passion before making Southwest Virginia her home. She also worked as a motivational speaker professionally for 10 years.
Rebecca Rogers Nelson
Rebecca Rogers Nelson is an award-winning screenwriter and has written six full-length screenplays, three of which have garnered First Place Awards in screenwriting contests. She wrote the screenplay for Texas Rein, adapted from a book by the same title, which she also produced with her husband, Durrell Nelson, of Beautiful Feet Productions. Texas Rein will be distributed later this year. Waking In Southport is now with Hallmark for a proposed Christmas 2016 airdate. Rebecca has also written and directed commercials for companies such as Lane Furniture and Farmers Insurance and has penned more than 40 company biographies for American Historical Press, a publisher of coffee table history books. Rebecca holds a Dramatic Arts degree from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg Virginia and studied writing and directing at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Rebecca is also a graduate of both the Act One-Writing for Hollywood and Act Two programs. A member of SAG for more than 20 years, Rebecca lived in NYC and Los Angeles and has acted in more than 50 national and regional commercials, as well as television and film roles. The Home Game, First Place Winner of The Baltimore Screenwriting Competition, is a screenplay with the backdrop of Little League Baseball and “Home Land Orphans”. The story was inspired by the family's own foster adoption story. Rebecca is passionate about raising awareness for children in foster care and dissipating fear of adopting. The Nelsons reside in Lynchburg, Virginia with sons, Ben and Anthony and daughters, Sabrina and Lily.
Story by/Casting Director
Erica Arvold Erica Arvold, casts the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies, House Of Cards, the feature Loving, and produced/cast the indie film Josephine. She also served as associate producer served as associate producer and casting director on Coming Through the Rye, cast the feature films Ithaca and Kicked by Grace, National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, and is producing the feature film Chesapeake. She was nominated for CSA’s prestigious Artios Award for the location casting of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. She served as casting director for Ridley & Tony Scott’s Killing Lincoln, Hallmark Movie Channel’s Lake Effects, and cast and associate produced indie features Wish You Well and Texas Rein. She also recently cast Big Stone Gap, Hot Air and cast and produced the psychological thriller House Hunting. Over the past 25 years, Erica has contributed and participated in the making of over 120 films, 75 television projects and numerous short form and commercial projects. In 2012, Arvold was inducted into the First Lady of Virginia’s Opportunity Hall of Fame for contributing to the economic growth in the state. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.