“Redemption, Oklahoma” starring Nick Searcy seeking investors; Proof of Concept Showing set for Sept. 28 in Blackwell

September 13, 2022 | Featured|Headlines

By SHARON ROWEN | © www.kaynewscow.com

BLACKWELL — A free proof of concept showing of “Redemption, Oklahoma” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Blackwell High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

A proof-of-concept is a loosely connected series of scenes and vignettes that establish the characters, setting, writing and tone of a proposed project. 

A question and answer session will follow the 15 minute project with producers, including Blackwell native Tray Goodman who is also the owner of Great Creative Minds Media. 

Goodman said the concept of the series is based on the story of his Pentecostal grandfather, Chester Crow, who worked at the smelter in Blackwell for years and opened a church on the main street of  Nardin. “We opened it up and shot some scenes for the film there this summer,” said Goodman.

Scenes were also shot at Bob’s Grill in Blackwell. Goodman said he has been speaking with the Blackwell Industry Authority about the possibility of using the depot to build a set of Bob’s Grill for future filming. “The restaurant itself is too small,” said Goodman

Goodman started his career directing live newscasts in Midland, Texas and Tucson, Arizona. He also worked as a freelancer with Major League Baseball and the National Football League covering the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Cardinals.

Since creating Great Creative Minds Media, he directed the series “Footprints of Gods” which consisted of 10 feature length excursions into the Levant, and the Middle East.

He is excited about his current project and the opportunity to shoot in Kay County.

“I want as many Oklahomans to invest in the series who want too,” said Goodman. “I’m not turning anything down.”

He is planning to showcase the project in Ponca City and Broken Arrow. Goodman said members of the The Ponca Playhouse and Northern Oklahoma College have assisted the crew. “I reached out to Oklahoma State University and they did not return any emails, calls or texts,” said Goodman.

Goodman said he plans to give back to the Kay County community via non-profit including Blackwell United Outreach.

Actors in the film include Nick Searcy, who portrays the disenfranchised, alcoholic preacher in Redemption, Oklahoma. The preacher finds his faith and his will to live again with the help of a single mother who finds her way into his life.  

Searcy is best known for portraying chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Art Mullen on the FX series “Justified.” His film and television credits include “Days of Thunder” “Fried Green Tomatoes” “The Fugitive” “L.A. Law” “In the Heat of the Night” “Chicago Hope.”

For more information on the project visit redemptionoklahoma.com