Tickets are now on sale for The Investigator movie that was filmed largely in Brandon and producers are inviting the community to buy tickets for a big fall kick-off to support this Independent film shot and produced locally.

Gabriel’s Messenger Films selected Bell Shoals Baptist Academy & South Brandon Little League in Brandon to shoot scenes for its latest full-length feature film, The Investigator.

“Bell Shoals Academy is a beautiful school campus,” said movie producer Nicole Abisinio. “We are so excited to be bringing this movie to life using a local school campus.”

In addition to Bell Shoals in Valrico, the film shot scenes at Indie Film and Photography Studio in St. Petersburg, Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, St. Mary Our Lady of Grace church in St. Petersburg and South Brandon Little League on Parsons and various other locales.

“When we selected the Tampa area to shoot the movie, I knew that I wanted to use mostly local talent for both cast and crew,” described Abisinio.

Cast and crew shot scenes at Bell Shoals for five evenings after students had left the school for the day.

“We continue to be in awe of the absolutely incredible way God works,” explained assistant principal Sue Potteiger. “It was truly a blessing and a dream come true to be chosen as one of the site locations for this movie. Many of our alumni were extras in the movie; so, that was really special too. The message of this film is relevant for our culture today and the HOPE that springs from the story not only warms the heart, but also points to the only ONE who can change hearts forever.”

The Investigator completed post production in Florida and California and is scheduled for release starting September 2013.  The final cut and soundtrack premiered at the 46th annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in Houston, Texas in April and brought home an award.

The film is designed as a family feature film, meant to encourage hope and uplift spirits in difficult times. It has been honored with the Dove Foundation seal of approval for 12+ audiences and has been awarded a five-dove rating, the highest approval available, by the organization, which was founded to encourage the development of family-friendly media.

The Investigator tells the story of a veteran detective who loses his faith through a series of life events and in his darkest moments, accepts a position as a high school teacher and baseball coach. The unwanted job, leads to the most important investigation of his life…the homicide of Jesus Christ.

The Investigator is written by Richard Romano, and inspired by true events in his life. The film was directed by Curtis Graham (The Glass Window, Misconceptions) and produced by Nicole Abisinio (Prime of Your Life, Broken Flowers). Leading actor Wade Williams is currently touring with his single from the film, This is Me and supporting actor David Sanborn is travelling the world with his musical, Judah Ben-Hur.

“When I first read this script, I was personally facing insurmountable odds, but the story made me want to fight harder to overcome tragedy and also made me want to be a better person.” says producer Nicole Abisinio. “If even one person is touched in the same way, then we have accomplished our goal.”

Executive Producers Mitch and Pam Nunes and Calvin and Cheryl Wang say, “This is the perfect time to start sharing this film with the world and we couldn’t be more excited!”

Following theatrical release, plans for The Investigator include the nationwide launch of the film onto DVD, VOD and, later, television.

The film is its nationwide launch and encouraging supporters to buy tickets on its website now for its opening weekend in September. The movie will open at Muvico Centro Ybor in Tampa starting on Friday, September 13, and the premier show at 7 p.m. is already sold out.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.