On Tuesday night’s podcast, we spoke with Writer and director Mitch Teemley, who is writer and director of “Healing RIver, ” which can be seen on Amazon Prime.
You can watch our interview with Teemley above. Below is more information about the movie from Gina Adams.
With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.0, a film entitled “Healing River” has become one of the highest rated independent faith-based films on Amazon Prime Video. The film has been nominated for fourteen film festival awards, winning four to date, including Best Faith-based Feature at the Burbank International Film Festival. Writer and director Mitch Teemley says he felt “Healing River” was a story he “had to tell.”
“For years I have heard stories about impossible acts of forgiveness,” says Teemley, “and even experienced one of my own while writing the screenplay. I believe people are responding positively to the message of this movie right now because being able to forgive those who have wronged us is desperately needed in our society today.”
“Healing River” is produced by St. Michael Movies which was founded in 2011 and has produced seven movies to date. The goal of St. Michael Movies, according to founder Mike Mergler, is two-fold.
“Unlike a typical secular movie, all our characters, good or bad, have a spiritual side they either affirm or deny,” says Mergler. “Like the parables Jesus used, our stories have an underlying point, but the viewer will have to figure it out for themselves. As one reviewer said of Healing River: ‘this is what real life looks like.’ Our goal is to entertain and enlighten.”
Teemley has had a long career in the entertainment industry as a songwriter, singer, actor, and movie producer. His first feature film was with Showtime/Columbia Pictures, and he has played roles in television shows such as General Hospital (ABC) and Checkpoint (NBC). Teemley will also be the lead actor in another soon-to-be released St. Michael Movies’ film, “Promises to Keep.”
Teemley says he believes the “Healing River” story has a greater purpose than just being entertaining.
“I have multiple goals for the film,” says Teemley. “First and foremost, I hope it compels people to take practical, courageous steps toward healing our broken world. That begins, I believe, with the act of forgiveness. And when we pursue forgiveness, we can all become conduits of God’s grace.”
“Healing River” is currently available for streaming on the following platforms: