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Indy Film, 'Getting Grace' Questions What It Means to be Alive

"Getting Grace"
Madelyn Dundon and Daniel Roebuck in Getting Grace. (Moed Productions)

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You may not know Daniel Roebuck by name, but you’ve probably seen him quite a few times over the years. You might remember him as Cliff Lewis, Matlock’s assistant lawyer. Or Agent Cody Banks’ dad. Or the guy who played Jay Leno in the HBO movie, The Late Shift. Or Dr. Leslie Arzt who only appeared three times on Lost’s first season and got blown up during the season finale. He’s appeared on everything from Nash Bridges to The King of Queens, but it is his latest venture is probably the most near and dear to his heart.

Roebuck grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and not long ago, he returned there to film the independent movie, Getting Grace which Roebuck co-wrote, directed and starred.

"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist. The less the artist does, the better,” is a motto that Roebuck lives by and with his new project, he gets to share his new vision. The faith-based comedy drama is about 16-year-old Grace (played by Madelyn Dundon) who is dying of cancer and visits a funeral home to learn about death. While she is preparing to die, her mother, Venus (Marsha Dietlein) is trying to learn how to cope while living and Bill (Roebuck) is stuck somewhere in the middle.

“This film would have an excellent chance to make a difference, not only to those who have suffered through such a horrible event, but it will remind all who see it that life need not be lived long to be lived fully!” says the press materials for the new movie.

The award-winning movie also stars Dana Ashbrook (best known for playing Bobby Briggs in both the original Twin Peaks TV series and its most recent revival) as a successful author of a book about the afterlife.

While Getting Grace won’t be receiving a wide release (to date, it is scheduled to appear in about 65 theaters across the country) on March 23, but afterward, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will distribute the film through video on demand, Amazon and Netflix. To learn more, visit the Getting Grace website.



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