By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and the ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – May 29, 2015) – “Hearties”, the many devoted fans of the “When Calls The Heart” TV Series, have been rushing out to purchase the DVD of “Trials of the Heart,” a feature length film from an episode of the same name that was released on May 26.
These fervent fans of the Hallmark Channel original series “When Calls The Heart,” inspired by the Canadian West book series from Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon Jr., and Brian Bird, are so fanatical of their support of the TV series, that they have even set up their own website — http://www.heartieswcth.com/.
“The term Hearties was coined by Janet Roark. This website grew out of our passionate, active, and rapidly expanding Facebook fan base. We model our forum after the citizens of Coal Valley! That said, we know social media isn’t for everyone and we want to offer Hearties worldwide a place to connect and share their love of the show”, said their website.
“When Calls the Heart”, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of privilege, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier. The local Mounty Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), is beginning to doubt that his station entitles him to court the high society teacher, and Elizabeth’s father is against the relationship all together.
“Trials of the Heart” is a feature length film from the episodes of the “When Calls the Heart” television series. Season two of the “When Calls the Heart” television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 2 million viewers. Distributed by Word Entertainment, previous DVD’s are available to purchase at Christian Retail outlets.
Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Coal Valley. But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort. Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack’s ne’er-do-well brother and Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles Kensington. But it is Elizabeth’s father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.
About Michael Landon Jr. – Executive Producer:
Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years. With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family. He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.
About Brian Bird- Executive Producer:
Brian Bird is co-founder with partner Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company. He was co-executive producer and writer on the successful television series, “Touched by an Angel”. Adding to Brian’s success, he had also written and produced episodes of “Evening Shade”, “Step by Step” and “The Family Man”. Most recently, Bird wrote and produced “Gametime”, a two-hour television pilot for NBC, The Shunning, inspired by the novel by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, for the Hallmark Channel, and “Not Easily Broken”, adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and released theatrically by Sony/TriStar.
About Word Entertainment:
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.
What others are saying about “When Calls the Heart”:
“A terrific series for the entire family” -Dove Foundation
“Absolutely beautiful and very entertaining” –Movieguide®
You can see the trailer here: www.WhenCallsTheHeartMovie.com
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Photo captions: 1) A scene from “Trials of the Heart”. 2) Brian Bird with Dan Wooding of “His Channel Live”
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries. Dan recently interview Brian Bird about the TV series on “His Channel Live”.
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