Press Release

The captivating feature film, The Investigator, starring Wade Williams and David Sanborn (West Side Story, The Miracle and King David) will be opening in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Bradenton, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Releasing in theaters September 13 2013, the film is written and inspired by events in the life of Rich Romano (brother of actor Ray Romano), and features an experienced team of production executives, cast, and crew.

When:        September 13, 2013


  • Muvico Baywalk 20, 151 2nd Ave North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Muvico Centro Ybor 20, 1600 E. 18th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
  • Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St East, Bradenton, FL 34203
  • Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20, 510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
  • Regal Cypress Creek Station Stadium 16, 6415 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

The Investigator is designed to encourage and uplift families in difficult times. It tells the story of police sergeant James Buanacore (Wade Williams), a 20-year veteran investigator whose life crisis prompts him to retire from the force and take up a job as a local high school baseball coach. When he’s asked to also teach a class on criminal justice, he and his students embark on a most unlikely investigation – into the homicide of Jesus Christ. Using historical records and circumstantial evidence, they conduct a mock trial to examine the age-old claims and modern objections surrounding Jesus. Along the way, they tackle not only the biggest questions in history, but more importantly, the challenges in their own lives.

The Investigator’s themes of reconciliation, second chances, and overcoming obstacles in life have attracted nationwide support for the film, with individuals and groups buying out theaters in advance of the September 13 release. Mega-church pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale has teamed up with renowned historian Dr. Gary Habermas, the foremost historical expert on Jesus Christ, to create a workbook based on the film.

Filmed on location in Pinellas County in Florida, The Investigator is the flagship family-friendly release of Gabriel’s Messenger’s Films. The Dove Foundation, which reviews movies based on moral content, has given its “seal of approval” to for the film.

A portion of proceeds from the movie will be donated to charity.

The Investigator is directed by Curtis Graham, best known for his work on Misconceptions and The Glass Window, and produced by Nicole Abisinio (Gutter King, Red Canyon), award winning filmmaker and experienced speaker on Faith in Film. A strong crew also includes Editor Dan O’Brien (To Save a Life, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing, Bottle shock), Emmy Award winning Costume Designer Dana Campbell (Dancing with the Stars and Dear John), and Camera Operator Bob Scott (Fireproof and Facing the Giants).

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